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Adobe Apollo VS. Dekoh Desktop: The Gloves Come Off

Read/Write Web has a write up comparing Apollo and Dekoh Desktop. While the writeup was interesting, the comments proved much more entertaining as Adobe's Mike Chambers & John Dowdell chimed in to clear up some misconceptions about Apollo and put the feature comparison into proper perspective.
One of the biggest arguments mentioned in favor of Dekoh was the fact that its open source and honestly I don't buy that argument. Just because a product is open source doesn't give it an edge. If that were the case, Gimp would be the preferred photo editing tool and Linux would be the de facto standard for the desktop. I think open source definitely has its merits but its not without its drawbacks. And I think Adobe has done a fine job of managing Flash and I think Apollo will do just fine even though its proprietary.
Either way, it looks like Dekoh is ready to go toe-to-toe with Adobe in the desktop/web apps space and its going to be interesting to see who takes the lead.
You can check it out here:

Dekoh Challenges Apollo As Desktop/Web Platform

Ajax on Your Mobile Devices: Opera 9 for Devices

I recall just a couple of days ago someone telling me that Ajax won't play nice on mobile devices and thought to myself, “Damn, he's right and that stinks”. Well, looks like Opera, the makers of the Opera browser, have something to say about that:

“In addition to bringing the full Internet to devices, Opera 9 for Devices serves as a powerful execution environment for AJAX, Web applications and dynamic user interfaces.”

Many of you may only know of the Opera desktop browser but Opera is also a big player in the mobile industry. This opens up the door to expand Ajax-powered applications beyond just the PC and provide solutions to a multitude of devices normally locked down by propietary environments.

So, it looks like my options for running those 37signals Ajax-powered apps just grew exponentially! ;)

You can check out the full press release here:

http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2006/09/05/

In addition, Opera signed a reseller agreement to that would allow the Opera for Devices SDK to support the Macromedia® Flash® Player 7 SDK from Adobe. More choices for RIAs!

http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2006/09/06b/

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