API's that Suck

March 20, 2009

Sun still doesn’t understand browser plug-in development

Filed under: Uncategorized — Grauenwolf @ 8:59 pm

The basic rules for browser plug-in development are simple. Plug-ins should be:

  • Lightweight
  • Fast
  • Secure

I’m no security expert, so I’m not going to talk about the last point. Bur for the first two, there is a really easy objective test. All you have to do is ask the companies what they think of their product.


  Flash Silverlight JavaFX
CPU Intel® Pentium® II 450MHz, AMD Athlon™ 600MHz or faster processor X86 or x64 500-megahertz (MHz) or higher processor Intel Pentium 4, Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Intel Core Duo (or compatible) 1.8 GHz minimum
RAM 128MB 128-megabytes (MB) of RAM 512 MB of RAM

Seems to me that asking for three times the CPU speed and four times the RAM as your competitors is an automatic fail in the “lightweight” and “fast” categories.


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