Curl taps Adobe RIA infrastructure
The perils of open source
One of the side effects of Adobe Systems releasing code under open-source, the company said last year, has been to let competitors into its Rich Internet Applications (RIA) back yard.
One such competitor is Curl, which has announced its latest piece of Adobe-inspired work, something intended to gently cut the umbilical cord between developers and Flex and Flash, while still employing some robust, underlying Adobe infrastructure engineering.
The technology in question is Curl Data Kit Data Services (CDK-DS), which has been built using Adobe's BalazeDS Server and an implementation of Adobe's Action Message Format (AMF) protocol.
BlazeDS is a Java remoting and web messaging technology to "easily" connect clients securely to distributed servers and data services. AMF is used to exchange data between the client and server. Adobe announced it planned to open-source and released code for BlazeDS and AMF in December 2007.
In a nod to Adobe, Curl said CDK-DS is for "everyone" - singling out Adobe Flex and Flash developers - who want a "fast, scalable and reliable data connection to existing server infrastructure" but also "need a more robust client side technology."
Curl, originally an MIT language spin out that's currently riding the RIA bus, boasts a number of big-name manufacturing and IT companies in Japan. It claims its Curl language and platform offers a more business-critical and web-based offering than is possible using AJAX or Adobe.
CDK-DS is also targeted at existing Curl users that need to upgrade, the company said.
Curl said CDK-DS implements services supported by BlazeDS, including publish and subscribe, server push, remote procedure calls (RPC), and security and authorization features. ®
You picked the wrong licence, stupid!
If you don't like the thought that somebody else could take your hard work that you Open Sourced for everyone's benefit, alter it just enough to make it incompatible with your original, call it their property and then not release the Source Code so nobody else but them can benefit from it, then release under the GPL.
Almost any other licence will bite you in the backside eventually (yes, even the former PINE licence; which had the unintended consequence that nobody except Gentoo dared distribute it).
Nice utility. The web Swiss army knife for the command line. With a perl script and no dependencies you can use Amazon's "REST" APIs ...
Curl = also-ran
It's big in Japan? Come on, you all can do better than that. Flex is the best RIA platform available.