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Prism: Install Story?

October 29th, 2007 by enefekt

Wow, a lot of writing and discussion over Prism lately! And to think, all from a new name, logo, and a Labs post. (And I guess some weight from being an officially sanctioned experiment too.)

Of course, I’ll follow suit. Partly because I am interested in the technology, and partly because I am interested in how this relates to Adobe AIR, and Mozilla’s own technologies, like XUL. How is it integrated? How can some important features and functionality be integrated with HTML/JavaScript only?

I thought I would start by comparing the installation story with Adobe AIR. A lot has been made of how easy it is (or will be?) to make a web app into a desktop app. (A simple menu command from Firefox, and voila!) But that’s not the whole story. How does Prism get installed in the first place?

With Adobe AIR (which runs web apps as well on the desktop, built with HTML/CSS and JavaScript), there is a really cool installation story. You can create a special badge that a user can install your app (with permission of course) from a web page. The cool part though, is if they don’t have the Adobe AIR runtime, it will be installed auto-magically (with permission of course) along with your app! No need to direct them to a different website, instruct them to download something, then come back and get your app.

So how will Prism get installed? Sure, after it’s installed it’s somewhat smooth sailing. But getting software installed is a hurdle which should not be ignored. Adobe has excellent experience with this. Heck, installs of Firefox are dwarfed by Flash Player. So what’s Prism’s installation story?

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First Flex Prism App

October 28th, 2007 by enefekt

I was waiting for this to happen. Didn’t think it would happen this soon though.
The very first Prism app built with Flex.

Speaks to the pervasiveness of the Flash Player, since in the first batch of Prism apps out of the gate, one is built with Flex. It also speaks to the flexibility and strength of the Prism idea, especially since it’s already wooing prime Adobe AIR candidates: Flex developers.

A Flex app as a Prism app?! This doesn’t fall in lock step with the shining goal of the “open web” as defined by some folks.

But, man wouldn’t that be cool if Mozilla had their own user interface markup language? Oh, wait they do, XUL. Does something like this, and that Mozilla doesn’t even mention XUL with Prism mean that it’s pretty much lost the fight to Flex/MXML?

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Glazman’s Deep Sadness

October 25th, 2007 by enefekt

Daniel has posted his unpleasant surprise about eBay using Adobe AIR for their internet desktop application instead of XULRunner.

Here are two lists attempting to document the application landscapes with each technology:
Mozpad’s Mozilla App List
AIRApps Adobe AIR App List

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