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Strategic internet development technologies

September 19th, 2007

Joel Spolsky has had more than a modicum of success reading the tea leaves of the software industry, so when he writes an incisive essay about the future of application development and platforms, it’s worth not only taking a look, but pursuing an understanding of some of the relevant issues and technologies.

I’ll provide some links here which will help the reader to understand how many of the points Joel makes in his essay are supported by existing technologies in various states of readiness. It’s a big pantry of ingredients that is waiting for the right chef to come along and combine them in a way that inspires the world to follow.

This list is far from exhaustive but I just want to give you some clues that are representative of each topic to help you get started. Please let me know if I’ve missed any important topics.

Javascript (language):

Javascript (engine):

Libraries/Widgets:

Higher abstractions:

Frameworks/SDKs:

Rich Web Application Runtimes:

4 comments to “Strategic internet development technologies”

  1. Great list, but don’t forget ext-js!

    I’m building a rich web app right now & don’t know what I’d do without it.


  2. [...] Brent Ashley: “I’ll provide some links here which will help the reader to understand how many of the points Joel makes in his essay are supported by existing technologies in various states of readiness. It’s a big pantry of ingredients that is waiting for the right chef to come along and combine them in a way that inspires the world to follow.” [...]


  3. Webkit is Safari’s HTML/JS engine. How does that make it comparable to OpenLaszlo?


  4. Ahh, I had it in my head that Webkit was a larger SDK with the engines as a subset. I’ll move it up into Javascript engines.