OpenLaszlo as Flex Alternative and Rapid Prototyping Tool

23Dec09

OpenLaszlo pre-dates Flex and has a similar architecture — with three important distinctions:

  • It’s open source
  • It uses javascript rather than actionscript
  • It outputs to flash OR DHTML.  I’ve also seen at least one prototype of OpenLaszlo going to iphone

I hadn’t checked in on the company since they went open source and took some time to look them recently.  This video is a good (though long) tutorial on the ease and speed with which you can build apps.  What struck me is how OpenLaszlo could be used as a rapid prototyping tool.

http://openlaszlo.org/programmingtutorial

I’ve always like their live playground too:
http://www.openlaszlo.org/lps4/laszlo-explorer/index.jsp?navset=nav10.xml&bookmark=Introduction

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