[Baypiggies] off topic: JavaScript: DOM vs. innerHTML, Server-driven vs. Client-driven

Rich Pixley rich.pixley at palm.com
Thu Aug 27 01:40:12 CEST 2009

Er...  you all do realize that there are more web browsers in mobile 
phones now than there are in general purpose computers, yes?  Some 
places like Africa and India are jumping straight into smart phones and 
skipping even the laptop entirely.  Look at OLPC, (also arm based as 
well as supporting python).

Think about it.  How many people do you know who have laptops and no 
desktop computer?  How many have telephones?  How many telephones have 
3d hardware graphics accelleration or dsp processing?  (Hint: Few, but 
everyone's working on it.)

My point here is just that pushing things into the client leaves you in 
a very unpredictable world and radically limits your availability.  If 
you're ok with that, or if your application absolutely requires it, then 
go for it.  I just get tired of all of the web pages that require flash 
or the like just because they want to put animations on the buttons.  
(No mobile phone yet runs flash).

--rich - who works for one of those smart phone companies.

Rich Pixley wrote:
> Of course, then there are modern bits of software, like the latest 
> webkit, running on tiny arm processors...  but who cares about those, 
> really?
> --rich

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