Why Do People Hate Building Desktop Applications?by ZDNet’s Ryan Stewart — Paul Graham lays into web applications as part of the reason Microsoft is "dead". During a discussion about that article, someone mentioned to me that they agreed, and they would never build desktop applications again except in Apollo because Apollo made it easy. So now that desktop applications are becoming easier to build, are we in for a "desktop renaissance"? I say yes.

Ryan highlights an interesting view-I’ve built a bunch of web and cd based elearning courseware and by far – give me the web ones. Zinc, Screenweaver, and M Projector (I’ve used all 3) are really great but still generally it’s is rough to build them and support across the platforms and os versions ( is it just me or is ME a pain in the butt?) Apollo feels more integrated to flexbuilder, it feels like i’ll have less issues, tighter shared code, better support, better community support/solutions and generally easier efforts to support extended features coming from the internet-give me a webkit rendering in a MC rendered by the flashplayer over having an instance of Internet explorer or safari in my exe.

Apollo has allowed me and my company to brainstorm ideas of what we can deliver (and afford) in our apps to our customers that the others didn’t. It’s made me feelmore comfortable in serious deployment/support (without a .net and objective-c developers on the payroll) of local apps and that is exciting to me. just my 2 cents…