XForms: Why xforms?

From: zaphodb (zaphodb@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Fri Mar 09 2001 - 05:35:19 EST

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    # To subscribers of the xforms list from "zaphodb" <zaphodb@wanadoo.nl> :

    Hi all,

    Well, this might sound a bit blasphemous but I have to ask anyway.
    Why should one choose to use the xforms library as opposed to something like
    say java.

    This question arose after I encountered a few java scripts that plotted nice
    graphics in
    a pane and there were buttons and data entry possibilities like I know
    xforms offers.

    0) java is licenced / not free?
    1) I vaguely remember something about java not being compiled but
    interpreted so there
    might be a speed issue involved. And since the code is not compiled it is
    always available
    to the public. But I'm not sure about both of these.
    2) There might be many more.

    0) xforms is free
    1) Portability should be no problem, but again I'm not familiar with any
    peculiarities in this respect.
    No offence intended: I managed to get my vocoder (project I've been working
    on for a while) running
    using the cygwin distribution, but woow, to have to emulating a unix on a
    windows box to be able to
    use the xforms distribution is a bit over the top I think. Not to mention
    the problems I encountered
    when trying to install an x-server. And mind you /dev/dsp is not supported,
    so I had to come up with
    a work around to be able to play the output of the vocoder.
    2) Any more?

    Any comments? I mentioned java as an alternative, but I can imagine it
    having been around for
    some time to be have been surpased in the mean time by something else, or
    hasn't it?


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