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OpenLaszlo 3.0 Announced 40

Posted by timothy
from the what-happened-to-sesame? dept.
gse writes "The friendly folks at Laszlo Systems (of which I am one) have just announced the release of OpenLaszlo 3.0. Cool new features in this release: SOLO deployment (compile standalone .swf applications that don't need a proxy server), dynamically loadable libraries, a drawing API, and a bunch of optimizations. Info and downloads are at openlaszlo.org. (OpenLaszlo has been covered before on Slashdot.)"
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OpenLaszlo 3.0 Announced

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  • I'm stunned (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DJayC (595440) on Thursday April 28, 2005 @04:46PM (#12376920)
    I'm stunned that there is not more of a response to this news here on Slashdot. OpenLaszlo is a great product. You can author some really nice applications using their framework, and it's open source to top if off.

    The ability to deploy standalone SWF files is most definitely a direct result of the folks over at Laszlo opening the source. Before, the server side "engine" was, really, their product. You would have to install that in order to serve up a Laszlo application. This is just like Macromedia/Adobe's business model with Flex. When they opened the source, the first thing they wanted to do was be able to publish stand alone SWF files because now the business model no longer centered around their server app.

    So how do they make their money now? Well, they've got a few big time clients using their technology, and who better to apply the technology than those who designed it? Laszlo now hopes to generate cash flow by offering professional laszlo development. This is the type of business plan I would love to see more software vendors follow. I really hope Laszlo thrives as a company.. it would really make a statement. It's a great addition to the open source community in an area that has been littered with closed-source solutions (RIA).
    • by Scaba (183684) <joe@@@joefrancia...com> on Thursday April 28, 2005 @05:04PM (#12377083)
      I'm stunned that there is not more of a response to this news here on Slashdot. OpenLaszlo is a great product. You can author some really nice applications using their framework, and it's open source to top if off.

      Response is subdued because the Slashdot community is still reeling over the shocking news [slashdot.org] that the Wayback Machine [archive.org] web archive archives web pages, even extremely popular ones like Google.

      • Response is subdued because the Slashdot community is still reeling over the shocking news that the Wayback Machine web archive archives web pages, even extremely popular ones like Google.

        It's funny you should say that. I posted the parent, and since that time I've been looking at the google article and reading everyones comments.. And that was almost 30 mins ago! ;-)
    • Re:I'm stunned (Score:5, Insightful)

      by V. Mole (9567) on Thursday April 28, 2005 @05:20PM (#12377251) Homepage

      I'm stunned that there is not more of a response to this news here on Slashdot. OpenLaszlo is a great product.

      OpenLaszlo may well be the killer product I'm looking for. I don't know. Why not?

      BECAUSE THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE DOESN'T SAY WHAT THE FUCKING PROGRAM DOES!

      There. Now I feel better.

      I see it might having something to do with Flash, assuming that '.swf' isn't some project specific extension. I dunno.

      • Re:I'm stunned (Score:4, Informative)

        by gse (68728) <gse@antisleep.com> on Thursday April 28, 2005 @06:34PM (#12378116) Homepage
        Doh. Sorry about that.

        Laszlo is a platform for creating rich internet applications. It competes directly with (and pre-dates) Macromedia Flex. We open-sourced it last fall.

        OpenLaszlo targets the Flash player as its runtime; that decision was made due to Flash's ubiquity. But there's nothing to stop it from being retargeted to Java, .NET, XUL, whatever.

        More info here: http://www.openlaszlo.com/faq/ [openlaszlo.com]

        (note: I'm a Laszlo employee but these are my personal opinions)
        • Re:I'm stunned (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Spy Hunter (317220)
          Flash, Java, .NET, XUL, blah. If Laszlo really wants to make a difference, you should target AJAX. Focus less on reinventing the user interface with unintuitive sliding buttons everywhere (hint: users don't want to learn a whole new user interface paradigm). Focus more on the easy fast rich application development with responsive client-side UI code, eliminating the round-trip delay of traditional web apps. Make it possible to develop GMail or Google Maps in Laszlo, easily, and watch the world beat a pa
          • Re:I'm stunned (Score:3, Insightful)

            by Gopal.V (532678)
            > Flash, Java, .NET, XUL, blah. If Laszlo really wants to make a difference, you should target AJAX.

            You miss the point totally . Flash had the first Ajax (stupid name - because he went crazy and killed himself) like implementation. You should look at XmlSocket [macromedia.com] in flash to realize how good it was .

            The real reason why this didn't become that popular was that you needed an expensive flash authoring tool to use it compared to just vi/emacs for Ajax.

            Flash is cool , was cool and Adobe willing will rem

            • Re:I'm stunned (Score:3, Insightful)

              by Spy Hunter (317220)
              When I said "AJAX", I meant "HTML, CSS, and Javascript", not "interactive web application". I meant to specifically exclude all things Flash. Flash is not cool, was never cool and likely will stay uncool, especially at Adobe. There are so many reasons; I can list them if you want.

              I agree that animated SVG likely will never make it (especially now that Adobe's SVG plugin has conflict of interest, and Microsoft is never going to implement it). But you're the one missing the point. Vector graphics are n

        • Does that mean that I can copy/paste my ActionScript2 source code from my FlashMX project into OL IDE, and generate SWF and jarfiles that run the same on Flash Player (7) and the JVM, respectively? How much regression test/revision is required?
        • If it creates just Flash, and not standard DHTML, why does openlaszlo.org say "These applications run on all leading Web browsers on all leading desktop operating systems from a single XML code base."??

          Flash doesn't really run well (if at all) on most Unices.

          BTW: "OpenLaszlo applications are written in XML and JavaScript" -- no thanks. I could write Mozilla apps if I wanted to, but I don't want to code JavaScript. And I don't want XML either, no matter how much of a cool new fad it is.
    • You have to remember that this is Slashdot, where Flash is the unholy hellspawn of Satan's own cock. In other words, this place is full of dumbass Luddites that can't deal with pretty pictures.
      • I wish I had point to mod you up. Slasdot's main problem is that most idiots here infer that, since substance is more important than style (which is true), the logical conclusion is to remove all style from everything.

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    • All the demos are fixed size apps.

      They look cool but it isn't cool that they don't scale like we are used to html based application do.

      Is it hard to make the Laszlo applications scale with the browser window??

    • I'm stunned that there is not more of a response to this news here on Slashdot.

      Right, because folks have been crying out for a way to get even more frickin' Flash sites polluting the Web. I was looking at Laszlo a couple of weeks ago, and the backend looks sensible, but Flash? These days I just block it, as do a growing number of people given its primary use as an ad vehicle, but even on the rare occasions when I've used a Flash site it's annoyed the living crap out of me.

      I realize that the framework can
  • by Anonymous Coward
    I've yet to see a useful Flash MDI or desktop type application (like the http://openlaszlo.org/ [openlaszlo.org] demos) that was an improvement over a cleverly implemented HTML/javascript type application doing the same thing.

    I suspose part of the problem is that the platform (Flash MX 2004 or whatever) doesn't have many useful IDE type tools for more serious development. Perhaps this OpenLaszlo will help, but I still think it's a mistake to implement anything more than a gimmiky or widgety type program with Flash. It n
    • I dislike how little control users have over how Flash appears and works -- there are very good reasons why I use user stylesheets and set the font size on my browser so I can read text. There's also the problem of not having a free software Flash player which can play the Flash data people commonly use.

      Too many times I've seen webpages where Flash is used as a replacement for what is done better with (X)HTML+CSS instead of as an augmentation for (X)HTML+CSS. Even Javascript is sometimes unnecessarily us
      • by Anonymous Coward
        Well since it's open source. You all can modify it to spit out anything you want, up to and including XUL.
  • Three words (Score:2, Insightful)

    Flash must die.
  • I'm just wondering what the position of Flash and open source etc. Q1: Is the swf format open? i.e. are their any restrictions on creating clients which read swf or programs which can create swf. Q2: Is it API documented? Q3: Are there patent problems? Q4: are there any good open source alternatives to Flash Player? Q5: Any good open source flash dev tools? Rich

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