Dylan Schiemann presents the current status of web development engulfed in lots of frameworks, languages, and browsers, advising on choosing the right technologies to secure the future of a web application.
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The web is a hack but...
Beyond just rendering content and creating compelling UI's SaaS also presents other challenges, like how do we upgrade and modify applications whilst they are still running? People are looking into this stuff and it seems like a credible vision to me, especially with language level support:
Of course the pragmatic advice is to evolve with the web one hack at a time. Ugly but popular it seems.
Re: The web is a hack but...
That Objective-j looks pretty neat - until I read the part about the compiler, and having to debug through the browser. So it has promise, but it will be great when it has better compiler and debugging support.