[Lazarus] The future of desktop

Dmitry Boyarintsev skalogryz.lists at gmail.com
Thu Nov 28 17:39:21 CET 2013

On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 8:18 AM, Santiago A. <svaa at ciberpiula.net> wrote:

> Here is an example: A friend of mine works for a company that has been
> hired by a bank  to rebuild the workstation software.  Now client are
> running on XP and the software is written in .NET (and VB4!!!). The are
> moving to client software running in a local server written in PHP and
> workstations with a browser with a lot of javascript. The Operating
> system of clients and its hardware becomes irrelevant.
> IT is always changing, but the change that is coming is deeper than usual."

I think you've just answered yourself -> IT is always changing.
There's no need for LCL to have web-support at all! Developers are actually
selecting PHP (or other web-server) platform.
Even if LCL will start "web target" today, it will be 10 years later that
LCL can be used without problems.

By the time, the down spiral of IT evolution will popularize desktop
applications again! (this there HTML5 is going - lets upload all the script
to the client and execute there :) ... and Lazarus will have to switch back
to "native system controls" :) - in whatever forms they are.

Since everyone else is switching to "web frameworks", Lazarus should stick
to OS nativity. In the end, it will remain the only option and it will
boost its popularity :)

Is LCL the only "native controls" cross-platform framework left? Everyone
else are now "custom drawn" (Qt and Gnome) or not cross platform at all.

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