There’s been some more discussion about the current trend towards creating more application-like websites. Of course you know what I think about it, but it’s useful to see a serious comparison of the technologies that mae these web apps happen. AJAX comes out on top, but the bottom line is that all the technologies discussed – Flash, XUL, XAML, Java etc – have their place, and all have their strengths and weaknesses.
I’m not so sure, to be honest. Like ReadWriteWeb, I think there is a downside as well as lots of plusses to the current hype. What I hope is that the applications that are produced, no matter what the technology, are useful and worthwhile. What I think will happen is that a single technology will rise to the surface, but it won’t necessarily be the best one for every job.