Openlaszlo

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One of my colleague introduced me to Openlaszlo today and I should say I was amazed by what all you can do using Laszlo.

This is what the Laszlo has to say about OpenLaszlo :

OpenLaszlo is an open source platform for creating zero-install web applications with the user interface capabilities of desktop client software.

OpenLaszlo programs are written in XML and JavaScript and transparently compiled to Flash and soon DHTML. The OpenLaszlo API’s provide animation, layout, data binding, server communication, and declarative UI. An OpenLaszlo application can be as short as a single source file, or factored into multiple files that define reusable classes and libraries.

OpenLaszlo is write once run everywhere. An OpenLaszlo application developed on one machine will run on all leading Web browsers on all leading desktop operating systems.

Just check the demos to believe what I experienced. I tried out the LaszloMail and I should say I was really impressed by the UI.

Architecture

The OpenLaszlo SDK consists of a compiler written in Java, a runtime JavaScript library, and an optional Java servlet that provides additional services to the running application.

The OpenLaszlo Compiler compiles LZX source files into executable binaries for targeted run-time environments. The OpenLaszlo platform currently targets the Flash Player and soon DHTML.

More on the architecture of Laszlo can be found here.

OpenLaszlo Technology Demos

Laszlo Components

XML Editing – Tutorial on Laszlo XML markup language

And yes, Eclipse does have a nice IDE for creating, editing, debugging, and testing applications based on the LZX declarative mark-up language. The IDE for Laszlo is a joint project of IBM and Laszlo Systems.

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