Mar 14 2006

The J2EE / Rails / TurboGears / etc. Video

Published by at 9:48 pm under Technology   

Lots of people are linking to this excellent video (presentation and screencast) by Sean Kelly at JPL (380 megabyte, 30+ minutes, worth it):

http://oodt.jpl.nasa.gov/better-web-app.mov

Watch it all the way through. Wow.

It’s a little over-the-top in its J2EE example; but the disparity is still stark… and near to my heart as we have a time tracking web application in development.

But I think he stopped short of a fundamental point: that the benefits of dynamic languages, XML-free convention over configuration, fast turnaround, etc. are not specific to GUIs or web applications; he experienced them there and showed them there, but as far as I can tell the same issues and benefits apply equally to the non-GUI tiers of a system.

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