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Marco S. (Guest)
on 2009-04-09 01:54
Hi, I'm a student with no real experience in developing serious
enterprise apps..
still now I have the possibility to try..
Here's my question:
I'm building a rails app that connects to a database, and is essentially
a front end to it, to manage projects and related documents. The
interface in xhtml/css/javascript is a nightmare. I need complex stuff,
like tables with resizeable columns, sorting, and all that stuff .. for
dozens of tables..
and cross browser compatibility isn't easy.

I thought to use remote XUL. It's mozilla only, I know, but that's not a

Do you have any opinion about it? Some first hand experience?
Are you aware of any nasty bug / missing feature or security concerns?

In short, what do you think?

Maurício L. (Guest)
on 2009-04-09 01:59
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Have you ever looked at GoogleDocs?

It's just HTML/CSS/JS, don't overestimate what you really need to do ;)

Seriously, if you'll really have a complex interface, any technology
you select is going to be hard to work and customize. Why not just
write a desktop app to do that?

Maurício Linhares (pt-br) |

On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 6:54 PM, Marco Signati
Marco S. (Guest)
on 2009-04-09 02:11
well, my app should be used from everywhere in the world.. not easily
accomplished through desktop applications (establish secure connections
to remote database), and moreover it'll be updated frequently, and I
certainly don't want to make people keep installing new versions...

any other comment?
Maurício L. (Guest)
on 2009-04-09 02:16
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Flex? Silverlight? JavaFX?

There's a load of "rich client" options if you think HTML/CSS/JS isn't
going to solve your problem.

Maurício Linhares (pt-br) |

On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 7:11 PM, Marco Signati
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