Steve R wrote:
what offers are user written server controls ...

UI components are a hallmark of the Microsoft mind-set. Just drag and drop
pre-built UI widgets from the palette onto a form, set their properties,
including references to database record-sets and fields, attach code to
pre-defined event handlers. That model worked so well at attracting
entry-level programmers to Visual Basic, then why not apply it to the browser

It's really hard for me to argue against UI component technology when it's the
foundation of Microsoft technology and now highly touted by the J2EE community,
but I found it to be too constraining for me as a Visual Basic developer, and
when Microsoft adapted their UI widgets to render as HTML, the constraints
became even greater. They're great at attracting developers to Microsoft's
tools, on the other hand.


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