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Some random thoughts on 'ajaxWrite'

I tried to post these comments on author's blog but i guess they went down the drain. A very nice online document processor. Anyways, i have some thoughts and wanted to share. Can we really compare ajaxWrite with Writely? Should Google have bought ajaxWrite? The last question suggests an interesting case, to me atleast :)

My argument, based on the last question, is threefold

1)-It only works on FireFox and this is the first big indicator why Google rightly missed it. More than 68 % of browser market is occupied with IE and you just can't ignore it. If i use IE and i happen to come across ajaxWritely and it doesn't work on my browser then i just don't give a flip about it, doesn't matter how cool the application is. I just won't remember it.

2-)Writely had quite a user base. I guess it was over 150K, however, i am not sure about the exact figure.

3)-Writely founders have long been into document-software and they had quite a credibility as well.


Moreover its called the first-mover advantage , just my two cents :)

 

 

Published Friday, March 24, 2006 2:57 PM by fakeGeek

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# re: Some random thoughts on 'ajaxWrite' @ Friday, March 24, 2006 4:25 PM

-IE is not CSS2 complaince,I mean 100%
-They delibrately didnt choose IE for their purpose

you can't say FF is being used by fraction of Internet users,those were old netscape communicator days when IE was on top.Things are not same anymore.FF tabbed feature was one of many feature that I installed it and IE copied the same feature in version 7

And let me tel you one thing.It is easy to develop things for IE(following minimum rules) but things are not same with Firefox,IE even ignores your minor mistake when rendering XML while Firefox is cruel.IE ignores most of your javascript mistakes,for instance case senstiveness,while FF catches it on the spot.So i think if they chose FF then they had lot of courage since FF development is like pain in neck.

I might ignore things as an end-user but being a developer,i love the cruelty showed by Firefox.IE hide your sins while FF expose them.

kadnan

# re: Some random thoughts on 'ajaxWrite' @ Friday, March 24, 2006 4:29 PM

Oh one thing,you think GOogle missed it because of Firefox?you gotta be kidding,do you know Ben Goodger(http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/),founder oF firefox actually works for Google?

Googlers are big supports of *nix based technologies,their main development is based on Python and C,the only main google product i find MS based is Orkut which they had actually acquired and i really despose seeing "no donut for you" error most of the time.

kadnan

# re: Some random thoughts on 'ajaxWrite' @ Friday, March 24, 2006 5:03 PM

seems i was in hurry to make last posts,two many spelling mistakes :<

$myRant=str_replace("despose","despise",$myRant);

$myRant=str_replace("supports","supporters",$myRant);

kadnan

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