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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Future of mobile apps = Google Gears + Javascript on Iphone ?

Last Monday his Steve Jobness announced at WWDC'07 that native applications on the Iphone can not be developed (yet) by third parties. A highly contested strategy as explained in
Mobile Disruption: Apple's iPhone and Third Party Software
. More complaints arose after the keynote.

Read for instance what John Gruber wrote about the keynote:

Web Apps as the Route for iPhone Development

Perhaps it’s playing well in the mainstream press, but here at WWDC, Apple’s “you can write great apps for the iPhone: they’re called ‘web sites’” – message went over like a lead balloon.

Could it be that Apple opted for the way forward to escape the schisma between a secure and stable mobile platform and the richness of being open ? Remember that Google Gears is coming to Safari Webkit and hence the Iphone: Google employs advanced Apple technologies for Gears support. Is Gears + AJAX not THE technology for the next generation applications that blur the line between mobile and desktop? Something Iphone promises to establish ?
This nice example of a Javascript interface for the iphone shows that Javascript can deliver sleek interfaces. I guess the speed of Javascript on the iphone will be ok. At least it won't be slower then other sandbox solutions like Sun Java or Microsoft .Net Mobile. According to Steve Jobs keynote, Javascript executed faster in Safari than Firefox and Internet Explored. Google Gears has the potential to alliviate the drawbacks of networked applications that must store all their data in the network. Maybe the 4 or 8BG storage is a bit underdimensioned to shoehorn modern application into ? What do you think ?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Absurd Nintendo Wii Tennis level ?

Since a few month, we have a Nintendo Wii installed in the coffee corner at work. Quite a lot of collegues play on it now and then. Francis is an avid user. Recently he reached a score of 2230 points in Wii Tennis. He's obviously has pro status. As you can see in the picture below, even Nintendo has not foreseen such high skills as the line runs into the title of the page!

Perhaps Francis should join Wiimbledom ?