"The trouble is that browsers are designed for surfing, not as application platforms. Think about it," Mr. Yager wrote. "If you were cranking up a new client development project, would you issue a statement of objectives that it must look like a Web site, take twenty seconds to paint a window, offer no feedback when you click a button, skip reporting the progress of transactions, refuse to run unless youire connected to a network, and force users to re-enter form data if thereis a hiccup in delivery?"
Instead, Mr. Yager proposes that developers go right to the open source Webkit to develop Internet ready apps.
"...you donit need a fat, clunky browser. You donit need to host a browser in an application window. Just take the framework shared by multiple commercial browsers and bake it right into your project. Thatis WebKit."Mr. Yager noted. "At a total cost of nothing and with free lifetime updates, itis as sweet a deal as youill find, and unlike many open source projects that youid love to use but which vary in the quality of support, documentation, and maintenance, WebKit is driven by companies like Apple, Nokia, and most recently, Google..."