I stumbled onto the Bubblemark animation test site while writing this book. It’s a site set up for one purpose: to compare the performance on the same task between different Rich Internet Application (RIA) frameworks. What’s the task? Animating from 1 to 128 balls within a given box.
With all of these different styles to choose from, why am I only focusing on the first option, DHTML (with and without SVG/
canvas) for this book?
Trying out the various test pages provides some explanation. Some of the options, such as Silverlight and Flash, require installation of plug-ins or other external libraries. Other options lack maturity, or the performance suffers when compared with DHTML.