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JNLP next steps

 
Mark Herschberg
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What do you see happening in the future releases of JNLP? What lessons have been learned from the development of JNLP which can be applied to future languages?
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Mauro Marinilli
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Hi Mark,
Your question is quite interesting.
The growth of the JNLP specs will depend on Sun's policy. Of course developers would love to include as much as possible into it, but that would complicate both the specification as it is now (it should be backward compatible and so on), the JNLP client (that is a tricky issue,as you could imagine) and, as regards the runtime API it risks to "balkanize" a bit the J2SE platform (providing a full-blown "subplatform" on its own).
From a theoretical point of view, JNLP isn't as declarative as XML should be, but this observation is about something formal, that deals with estethic. I think that works pretty OK!
I hope I wasn't too long and I answered a bit your question.
All the best,
Mauro
 
Mark Herschberg
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Well, I was hoping for something a little more concrete. Having served on a JSR, I can appreciate compatability and other issues faced in future releases. Are there any specific features for which the JNLP developer community has been clamoring, or additional features which JNLP implementors have been adding that are ripe for inclusion in the future releases? (Heck, are there any implementors other then Sun?)
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