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Re: Re: The Case for Javascript

by BUU (Prior)
on Nov 18, 2002 at 21:54 UTC ( #213943=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: The Case for Javascript
in thread The Case for Javascript

-every browser does it just a little bit differently

+Ever heard of a little thing we like to call 'Standards'? Try coding to them. It helps.

-new browser releases will often break your code
+ see above.

-browser makers will not tell you all the details of how their version differs

+ This is a somewhat valid concern, but 99% of the time, if you code to the standards, you have no problems.

-you will have to test it on every OS/browser combo you intend to support

+Where does it read that you are supposed to support old, crappy prehistoric browsers, especially at the expense of added usability and customization for the newer customers? This is like saying "Well, some people have old cars that can barely make 50, so the speed limit for this highway can't be any higher then 50".

-even if you get everything right, your pages will sometimes fail for certain users with no apparent reason

+See above about standards, etc.

You do realize that almost every reason you listed above could be applied to something like openGL? New OS's will break code, Everything is different, etc. But people work around this. They write standard libraries to over come these things.

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Re: Re: Re: The Case for Javascript
by perrin (Chancellor) on Nov 18, 2002 at 22:44 UTC
    The standards you speak of are relatively new, and you still have to test on multiple OS/browser combos because of implementation bugs or subtle differences across platforms and browsers.

    Most of us who make commercial web sites just don't have the option of ignoring potential customers because they aren't running the latest browsers.

    I've never done any OpenGL coding, so I can't speak to its cross-platform consistency or backwards compatibility. I don't really care if it's any good or not, since no one is aksing me to use it. On the other hand, I've been using JavaScript since Netscape 2 and suffering with bugs and compatibility problems all along. It's just not worth it. No one needs a news ticker that badly.

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