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Web as a Platform October 12, 2004

Posted by dhar in Misc.

Laszlo is an open source platform that enables companies to develop and deliver rich internet applications on the Internet. While I have never been a big fan of rich content — till recently I used links to browse the web — Laszlo blew my breath away.

Laszlo consists of presentation layer development tools and an application framework to create rich client applications in Web browsers. Laszlo uses Java on the server, as well as some JavaScript along with the XML and a zero-install executable that takes advantage of the Macromedia Flash 5 or 6 Player as the runtime rendering environment to create rich applications that run as part of dynamic Web pages. And best of all, the entire thing is open sourced.

With the Internet becoming an integral part of lives of people, the time seems ripe for the browser to become a full fledged platform. People should be able to use the browser to do most of their day to day computing tasks. I always thought this would happen somewhere in near future. Laszlo brings you the future.

Companies like Google should adopt Laszlo and Firefox while providing users with 10 gigabytes of space. This will allow users to slowly move their computing from the desktop to Google servers. It will do to accessing data what Hotmail did to email.

It will provide Google with an opportunity to really tie-in its users and also monetize its offerings. By tying up with Firefox, Google can counter Microsoft by providing users an alternative platform.



1. kataclysmic - October 15, 2004

Hi Dhar ,

Thanks for posting some good technology posts and also for providing the Atom feed for your blog. It would be great if you could coordinate with your fellow ISB bloggers to enable Atom or Rss feeds for all their blogs ( the one’s that are high on the list are raja banerjee’s blog , colloborative blog ).


2. Dhar - October 16, 2004

Atom feed enabled on Collaborative blog. Will pass on the info regarding the atom feed to Raja too.


3. Arun Anantharaman - October 16, 2004

Quite awesome indeed. I have been hearing about lazlo for a few weeks now, wasn’t too inclined to check it out, something made me do that after reading your post today. Impressive indeed.

The Google desktop continues to index my data heavy laptop šŸ™‚

4. Dhar - October 16, 2004

Arun, check out http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm

GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google GMail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your GMail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag’n’drop files to.


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