Tuesday, April 04, 2006

O'Reilly Radar > Raise an ALE to Google Maps API v2

O'Reilly Radar > Raise an ALE to Google Maps API v2: "ALE is, at its heart, a simple standard whereby components (like the spreadsheet) register callbacks to let the main application know how to marshal (serialize) their data, get an edit interface, get an HTML read-only display, etc. Simple is good, though the cool toys from the Windows world will come with the same costs: DLL hell (imagine if my spreadsheet component uses a different version of a date library than the version my main app uses), speciation over versions of the spec (will ALE 1.0 components work with ALE 2.0 components?), and fragility (as apps are only as stable as their crappest component)."
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