O’Reilly Editors on the future

O’Reilly – Are Rich Clients Taking Off or Tanking?
Bruce Epstein:
XML is more like basic research into physics, like the Manhattan project, whereas Macromedia is more like a chemistry lab trying to refine gun powder or invent TNT.
On Tuesday, October 15, 2002, 2:10:55 PM, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
XML is more like contractors who take care to ensure that the foundation and building are up to code and will last a long time for their homeowners, while Macromedia is a company that builds feature-filled homes quick without much concern for the building code and rents them out to whoever needs a house in a hurry…
Nat Torkington:
Ooh ooh! My turn!
XML is like a VW Jetta: environmentally sensitive, slow, dependable, and terminally uncool. Lasts a lifetime.
Flash is like a mid-80s Corvette: impressive but environmentally destructive. Oh sure, it gets you the chicks for a while, but ultimately most people sharing the road with you are thinking “what’s *he* compensating for?” It only lasts a lifetime by decreasing your lifetime.

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