[Baypiggies] native GUI vs. web browser

K. Richard Pixley rich at noir.com
Thu Dec 17 18:18:09 CET 2009

Alex Martelli wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 9:56 AM, K. Richard Pixley <rich at noir.com> wrote:
>    ...
>> mobile devices.  Witness any embedded applications.  Witness the fact that
>> web based interfaces are only working on the big name general purpose OS's.
> The Palm Pre and Chrome OS are "big name general purpose OS's"?!  Wow
> -- I must tell my friends in the Chrome OS team and those working at
> Palm (both of the groups still labor under the impression that they're
> still-small, if growing, niches, so these news will definitely make
> their day).
Palm apps aren't really "web apps", they're WebOs apps.

They aren't general purpose apps in the sense of being able to run on 
any general purpose web browser.  They're very specifically designed 
only to run in a WebOs environment.  They require feature support that 
isn't generally available and make environment assumptions that aren't 
generally true.

It is true that they are written in a variant of javascript and paint 
their pixels through a variant of webkit.  So they are indeed based on 
familiar technology, but they are not web apps in the sense that we 
generally think of.

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