Apollo hitting the big time

Apollo hitting the big time

Summary: Apollo gets some press over on Tech Crunch, but more exciting is that in the wider world people are standing up and taking notice about Rich Internet Applications.


ApolloAs Alex Barnett says, 2007 is going to be a big year for Rich Internet Applications. Hopefully we'll even be able to say it without quotes Alex .;)

The most recent indication of this is the attention Apollo is getting today. Mike Arrington talked to Kevin Lynch on TalkCrunch and the result is one of the better TalkCrunch podcasts in a while. Mike also adds some information on TalkCrunch and the comments there are mostly positive. But more important to me than having Mike Arrington cover RIAs is the groundswell within the tech community. Amyloo looks interested in Apollo (though I don't like the dig against ColdFusion). Jonas over at kloud9 uses language I can understand and describes Apollo as S-W-E-E-T. Finally, all things Dork has some great reasons why Apollo is going to be such a big deal.

The next generation of the web is coming and I can tell you it's not filled with applications that run inside the browser. It's going to be built on technologies like Apollo, Windows Presentation Foundation, Flex, "WPF/E" and OpenLaszlo - the kinds of technologies that allow you to build fantastic, engaging experiences that aren't limited by running inside the browser. Because applications like this will give people far more control over their data and developers far more control over interactions, the average user is going to adopt them big time.

For more coverage on Apollo, see my previous posts, including an interview with Kevin Lynch

Topic: Software Development

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  • Apollo is getting attention

    Just a few months ago it seems I was one of the few talking up how cool Apollo was going to be. People could only think "Central 2.0". Now it's the talk of the town.
  • WPF/E will be much better,

    As a developer, I need tools that do more than look pretty. WPF can do that, whereas Apollo can't

    Microsoft has a tall application development stack: ASP.Net,
    I am an application developer, so my opinion leans toward tools and getting work done. So let?s build a short list on the two:

    ASP.Net Ajax (Atlas), WPF, WPF/E, WCF, EDM, WF, Expression Studio, Visual Studio....

    CS3, Flex, Flash, ActionScript..., but I have not seen anything on the remote services side(WS, REST, UDP).

    As you size up the two stacks MS comes out ahead on the development side, on the designer side I would have to assume by default and because I am not a designer that Adobe tops on the design side.

    Microsoft by sheer volume of developers, partners, marketing, developer support through MSDN will have a large uptake of .Net 3.0 (WPF, WPF/E, ASP.Net Ajax), but won't start gaining share until great tools are available (Q2 2007 - Q4 2007). In addition WPF/E will expand to smart devices and run cross/platform (Mac/Windows) Linux, maybe one day.

    I personally don't know enough about Apollo to say if it's better than th MS stack. Some major points, forgive me if I miss anything:
    . Offline web apps as desktop apps
    . Apollo applet like apps
    . Apollo desktop Notifications
    . Server side messaging through Flex
    . Ajax support
    . HTML engine

    So my bets are with MS, I someone knows more about Apollo please add or expand.

      I think that's a valid point Marlon. Microsoft has a great stack and I think that's a valuable asset. You pretty much nailed a lot of the major features with Apollo, but I think the one thing to remember is that Apollo is going to run on Windows, Mac and Linux. The Microsoft stack is deeper but isn't quite as wide. That may be a factor for what companies choose to develop in. Thanks for commenting.