On Oct 21, 2010, at 3:27 AM, Jean-Christophe Helary wrote:
> I am not seeing a lot of "consumer software" in Java that looks as good and feels as intuitive as Cocoa apps. But I may not be looking at the right place.
My app's UI (see http://provectismusic.com) is IMHO about 90-95% as nice as it would be if written in Cocoa. We worked pretty hard on making it look and feel like a native app on both Mac and Windows.
It is very much consumer software for a computer - not a device, not a web app, not enterprise. We couldn't do it as a web app: it needs high speed data processing/number crunching, a connection to a microphone, and fast full-screen redraw.
I get really annoyed when people say "Java on the desktop is a non-starter" and similar things, because Java on the desktop is the ONLY reasonable way for a small team to build the software I'm interested in building and have it available cross-platform.
If Cocoa was my only option for making it for the Mac, there would be no Mac version, period. This app was developed by two of us working occasional nights and weekends for four years; parallel development in Obective-C and some other environment for Windows is so far off the radar screen it's not funny. Java was our only real option.
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