Originally Posted by Hiro
Sorry, I don't have knowledge of that.
I might guess though that Webkit is optimized for browser rendering of HTML and HTML interactions. But WebObjects began its design at Next for industrial strength internet commerce using the same OO-design principles as NextStep (remember the design actually started before the web was popular at all, the internet was still wild-west lack of standards).
If WebObjects was all done all over again from scratch I would think it would become AJAX related, but still integrated in a very NextStep/Cocoa manner. Then WebKit would become very useful.
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.
WebObjects 1.0 arrived after Openstep. WOF 2.0 was the first official free release. WOF 3.0 was when WEBMANIA at Moscone Center occured and the pricing for Fre, Small Business and Enterprise tiers were delivered.
- WebObjects Pro
- WebObjects Enterprise
Sun clearly wanted that server-side and during the Apple merger no one was manning the ship and driving WOF. They moved to Java throughout and the rest it history--the once king of enterprise app server platforms is now a niche platform.
Steve even commented on the name change from NeXT Computers Inc, to NeXT Software Inc.
It was a good conference. It wasn't as cool as the NeXTSTEP EXPOs but still cool.FLASH FORWARD:
If WOF 6 were to drop Java they would restore it's rightful Objective-C/Cocoa [Openstep actually] foundation.
They'd use AJAX for their DirectToWeb bridge with Objective-C and thus reinstill WebScript as an AJAX ready scripting language for WOF 6.0. jQuery, Prototype, Objective-J and the rest would work without hindrance and Apple would most likely promote that by making them accessible via IB interfaces, thus making much of the Client-side Web interfacing easy for customers.
Enterprise Objects Framework would be restored at EOF 5 and not some Core Data version that is EOF Lite.
They should do this and make their backend for WOF 6 be a key backend for the iPhone/iTouch platform.
Instead of worrying about Java they'd give Cocoa devs more reach to write interactive backends and front ends for clients wanting iPhone/Mac platform enterprise integration.