[Lazarus] The future of desktop
Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl.lazarus at telemetry.co.uk
Thu Nov 28 17:40:50 CET 2013
Michael Schnell wrote:
> On 11/28/2013 02:18 PM, Santiago A. wrote:
> Some years ago I did some (limited) testing on that behalf, but gave up
> after some days, seeing that the necessary effort is not limited at all.
> I do hope that Michael v C is more successful.
> At home I have a NAS by QNAP..
> Since the latest update it features a really nice HTML GUI.
> It nicely can do forms and many Lazarus-like GUI elements and
> -functions, and it can show status changes really fast (which is not
> easy with a HTTP-connected, browser-based GUI).
> I do suppose, they use a "standard" "widget set" for this (EXTJS or
> something), but I never saw such a thing working this great.
> No idea how they designed the GUI. It is so complex that I would be
> astonished if they did not use a GUI designer tool for this.
> If Lazarus would be able to offer such a capability, driven by the
> standard GUI design tool (of course taking some limitations into account
> in that mode), this would be a major argument for doing embedded
> application with Lazarus. (This was why I did the research at that time.)
builders, both got buried. Part of the problem was that both assumed
that the backend would be their own database and transaction manager,
and we all know how much corporates like to charge for that sort of
thing once they've got their foot in the door.
If you're designing a headless system like a NAS, then the terminal type
that you can rely on people having is pretty limited: an HTML browser or
a VT-100 terminal (including telnet). A significant advantage of this
approach is that with care it can be designed to do something sensible
alternatives such as a desktop app served by VNC fail dismally by
Once you're talking about an app that runs on the desktop or handheld
system then the rules are completely different. Perhaps we can make a
difference by constantly reminding people that it's still possible to
write portable apps for that environment, and that there can be
significant performance advantages doing so.
Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk
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