Adobe Apollo

There has been some amount written about Adobe Apollo, which is described by Adobe as follows:

Apollo is the code name for a cross-operating system runtime being developed by Adobe that allows developers to leverage their existing web development skills (Flash, Flex, HTML, JavaScript, Ajax) to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) to the desktop.

Maybe I am a little bit jadded here, but this sounds like a lot of the cross-platform GUI development tools and runtimes that used to be around in the late 80’s and early 90’s until the web swept them away, though some remain such as Supercard. Sure the technologies and the languages are different, but the principle is the same.

I will be curious to see how well this takes off. There is even some competition already.

I have to say that I am a little skeptical, I remember how fast cross-platform GUI development tools and runtimes were swept away by the browser, and these days people are really conditioned to use the browser for everything.

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