Christopher Keene announced the releasing of WaveMaker for the Mac (OS 10.5 Leopard to be specific) and Safari. Although the Mac is a visual platform, it has always been behind on WYSIWYG development tools. With Wavemaker, the Mac is leaping back in front. After many years of languishing in the education and design ghettos, Mac has once again become the defacto standard of leading edge techies.
[…]Our press release included a spiffy quote from Jean-Louis Gassé, General Partner at Allegis Capital and ex-Apple executive: "WaveMaker's Visual Ajax Studio for Mac comes at a very opportune time. Apple is gaining momentum in the Enterprise and WaveMaker gives enterprise users an easy and visual way to build Web applications."[…]
Here are some of the key reasons the entire silicon valley seems to be moving to the Mac:
- Ajax platform of choice: Safari is lightning fast and leads the pack in standards-compliance. I can't remember the last time I saw any web app demoed on Internet Explorer, and if Firebug* ever gets ported to Safari, Firefox will be in trouble.
- Video platform of choice: we just went through a 3 week death-march to create a new screencast for WaveMaker. Of that time, about 8 hours was spent creating content - the rest of the time was spent wrestling with the brain-dead video software we were using on the PC (Camtasia). In contrast, my 12 year old niece just created a 30 minute class presentation using i-movie. Enough said.
- The Incredible shrinking desktop: with more and more compelling web applications, I find myself spending less and less time working within my Windows desktop.
- The disaster that is Vista: given that I have to relearn the whole user interface to move from XP to Vista, I might as well relearn an interface that actually makes sense.
- That cool backlit logo on the Mac laptop: let's face it - the knowledge that you will look good in a coffee shop probably sells more laptops these days than Ghz or RAM stats.