15 Oct 2004 - 4:46am
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If you are interested in or already using of Flash to build/prototype
interactive apps/sites/RIAs: (Macromedia Flex alternative) Laszlo has been
open sourced.

>From <>:

The Laszlo platform consists of the LZX language and the Laszlo Presentation

* LZX is an XML and JavaScript description language similar in spirit to
XUL and XAML. LZX enables a declarative, text-based development process that
supports rapid prototyping and software development best practices.

* The Laszlo Presentation Server (LPS) is a Java servlet that compiles
LZX applications into executable binaries for targeted run-time
environments. Laszlo currently targets the Flash Player. The LPS compiles
LZX applications into SWF bytecode for the Flash Player, serves and caches
these compiled applications to any Web browser enabled with Flash 5 or
later, and proxies application requests for back-end XML data sources and
web services.

With Laszlo, you can:

* Develop standards-based rich Internet applications with one code base
in XML and JavaScript

* Deploy them from any J2EE application server or Java servlet container
running under Linux, UNIX, Windows or Mac OS X

* Display them in any Web browser enabled with the Flash 5 Player or
above, reaching 97% of all Web-enabled desktops


If you're new to Flash/Flex, I'd highly recommend the interactive quick


You can see some sample Laszlo apps here:


It's interesting to note that Laszlo can compile not just to Flash (v5+),
but conceivably to SVG, XUL and XAML. MM has also hinted the possibility of
compiling to renderers other than Flash.

Nullius in Verba

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