snydeq writes: "The Chrome dev team is working toward a vision of Web apps that offers a clean break from traditional websites, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister, in response to Google's new Field Guide for Web Applications. 'When you add it up, it starts to look as though, for all the noise Google makes about Web standards, Chrome is moving further and further apart from competing browsers, just by virtue of its technological advantages. In that sense, maybe Chrome isn't just a Web browser; maybe Chrome itself is the platform — or is becoming one.'"
snydeq writes: "What your interface communicates to users can be just as important as what your software does, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister in discussing the latest edition of the 'Microsoft Manual of Style,' a style guide aimed at designers and developers who create Microsoft software, as well as those who write about it. 'The gist of much of Microsoft's advice is that a user's relationship with computer software is a unique one, and it's important to craft the language of software UIs accordingly,' McAllister writes. 'Occasionally, Microsoft's recommendations verge on the absurd. For example, you might not think it necessary to admonish developers to "not use slang that may be considered profane or derogatory, such as 'pimp' or 'bitch,'" but apparently it is.'"
snydeq writes: "Java founder James Gosling sees Oracle having no choice but to do a good job in its stewardship of Java, InfoWorld reports. Speaking at the Java Symposium, Gosling reprimanded Oracle's behavior toward Java user groups, but ultimately suggested that Oracle's heavy reliance on Java will ultimately require it to be a good Java citizen. 'It's in their own self interest to not be aggressively stupid,' Gosling said."
snydeq writes: Fatal Exception's Neil McAllisters sees a hidden benefit in Microsoft's new Click-to-Run streaming installation technology, one that could create new revenue opportunities for smaller software vendors just as they appear to fast be drying up. Based on Microsoft's App-V, the technology allows Office 2010 beta testers to stream the productivity suite to their systems in stages, rather than download it all at once. 'Users don't have to wait for the entire suite to download to begin using the applications. Instead, modules are downloaded and installed as users need them,' McAllister writes. Moreover, the applications exist in isolated operating environments, allowing them to coexist with earlier versions on the same PC. But the real upside for smaller software vendors may be the way a technology like Click-to-Run breaks down applications into component modules, allowing them not only to deliver the functionality users are willing to pay for, but in a way easy enough for home computer users to accomplish — important in an era when software retail outlets are fast dying out to the big-box chains.