Friend: So let me get this straight. You joined a RIA company that is very new to the U.S. It a proprietary technology based on a browser plug-in and they've hired you, an EJB guy, to help them compete here in the U.S. against Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flex?
Me: Well, I'm not just an "EJB guy", but yeah that's about right.
Friend: That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. What's the Hell is wrong with you? Are you nuts?!
What my friends don't understand is that Curl really is the best RIA technology out there. I know, I've been researching and writing about RIA for close to three years. I know all the commercial vendors, most of the Ajax open source frameworks (160+), and I understand the market.
Here is my opinion of what is happening right now.
- There are too many Ajax frameworks which creates a tyranny of choice for enterprise developers.
- Folks are seriously considering proprietary RIA technologies (e.g. Flex, Silverlight, Curl) over open source solutions.
- Good tooling, comprehensive APIs, and ease-of-learning are finally being valued over hype.
You don't have to go along with the crowd. Take a stand, get crazy and choose the best technology rather than the one you hear about the most. If you know nothing about Curl than you owe it to yourself and your customers to check it out. I'm convinced that if you do, you'll discover what I did. Curl is the best RIA solution available today.