A forum is a web application, but not a business application. The primary focus is the front end, it's more about presentation of
textual data, and the business rules are almost trivial... simple
enough to be written in languages like Perl and PHP. Yeah, they'd be
sizzle-y, I suppose, but in the end they wouldn't prove much.
Exactly. Right tool for the right job.
Forums are commodity software, nothing is to be learned by
re-inventing that particular wheel.
Besides, unless they did one that's better than everything out there,
there is a certain segment of the community that would spend all
their time saying things like "it doesn't have feature X that phpbb
I have to disagree. Having EGL run a forum would appeal to you and
I, but not to people who actually but enterprise software. I'd wager
that a forum ranks very low on the list of applications most C-level
executives want their programmers to work on.
Personally, I'd much rather that IBM do exactly what it is doing:
spend their resources using EGL to integrate technologies and use
those to build real applications.
Even the simple scheduler that Chris and I wrote has more business
logic in it than most forum software, and that's where I want IBM to
If things continue to proceed, you'll be hearing about far more important uses for EGL in the very near future, and it won't be