These guys both work for Mozilla and run Ajaxian.com, so you wouldn’t expect them to be particularly neutral on this subject, and they’re not. I will grant that they’re entertaining. They strap on ties; to recreate the spirit of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, they say. Well OK, and the retro-themed slides were cool.
Ben took the Ajax side and Dion JavaFX’s; I see that they switch roles. I’m not going to walk through the debating points, and since I haven’t had any FX hands-on, I wouldn’t have much to offer as to the rights and wrongs. Ben and Dion probably feel they left the case for JavaFX in a heap of smoking ruins.
This talk was useful but should definitely have been billed as an assault not a debate; it was a few minutes into the preso before I figured it out, and I’m a little worried that some of the audience might not get what was really going on.
Why This Matters · I don’t see the competition among models for GUI construction as particularly central to progress on the Web—I trust the market to pick what works—but Larry Ellison picked this topic to highlight. Ben and Dion owe Larry a vote of thanks for cranking up the spotlight on their hobby-horse, I’d say. And FX’s advocates need to figure out some snappy comebacks PDQ.