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Kelon
08-14-2009, 11:27 AM
Hi.
I don't know if membership of this forum is dominated by none-UK persons... and therefore answers to this question will reflect this.

Is anyone in here using the BBC Glow JavaScript framework? ... information on the BBC glow site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/glow/docs/articles/what_is_glow.shtml). I like a lot about how the BBC site(s) operate and am wondering whether to adopt this for my work. Any and all opinions welcome. Thanks.

Dimitar
08-26-2009, 08:02 PM
heh, it seems the beeb's been wasting our license money on some pretty good stuff - i have seen some benchmarks where it outperforms both jquery and mootools... i still would not use it, though - check the comments on ajaxian http://ajaxian.com/archives/ouh-shiny-bbcs-glow-is-finally-out

Kelon
08-28-2009, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the link, very interesting and useful. My main concern was it's adoption, and therefore longevity... though longevity on the internet is an interesting concept. The comments there confirm it - a bit of a universal disinterest comes across. I suspect it'll be a bit still-born despite having some merit. It's a fallacy that only 'good' products sell well... I'll just say: MicroSoft.

I'm no supporter of the Beeb by the way, 'you wat' - it's a topic I'd best not get started on actually... but their web sites do what they're supposed to do quite well.

Thanks again for commenting. All the best.

(By the way.. where's Lodnon? ;-)

Dimitar
08-28-2009, 02:43 PM
Thanks for the link, very interesting and useful. My main concern was it's adoption, and therefore longevity... though longevity on the internet is an interesting concept. The comments there confirm it - a bit of a universal disinterest comes across. I suspect it'll be a bit still-born despite having some merit. It's a fallacy that only 'good' products sell well... I'll just say: MicroSoft.

I'm no supporter of the Beeb by the way, 'you wat' - it's a topic I'd best not get started on actually... but their web sites do what they're supposed to do quite well.

Thanks again for commenting. All the best.

(By the way.. where's Lodnon? ;-)

it's not the canadian one for sure... :D i did set this up in a haste and late at night... anyway - what the author of the framework said with regards to browser and user support requirements being over the top and thus forcing them to write their own version makes sense. although it would have made more sense to commit their resources towards extending support for ie5.5, 6, safari 1.2 etc on an existing and established framework.

what you say about longevity is the big concern here - if their budget changes, structure changes, policy changes, head of internet development leaves etc etc, you may end up with sites on a framework that is deprecated...

not to mention that--as any other fresh framework, it will be devoid of user knowledge, contributions, support, tutorials and so forth - making the process of adapting it for anything outside of a hobby / blog site very costly indeed.



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