David Mendels reminded me of the Flash Text Editor which is, again, impressively demonstrated on its home page. Again there are tradeoffs, and the sample document acknowledges them:
Flash is not fast enough to handle big amounts of text. Furthermore, TextEditor is doing lots of string parsing in the background which makes things slower.The forthcoming Flash 8 runtime is said to be faster, we'll see if that makes a difference.
The SPADE Wiki page asks: "Is SPADE worthwhile?" I think so. In my column on ActiveGrid I noted that its Application Builder works in standalone mode, against a local webserver and local database. If you can lower the activation threshold for developers, while preserving the option to scale up and out in deployment, it's a big win.
Former URL: http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2005/07/07.html#a1264