I found OpenLaszlo recently and I am definitely intrigued. Laszlo (which I continually misspell Lazlo) carries the tagline
an open-souce platform for rich internet applications. I think it definitely fits that description from what I’ve seen.
For coders, usually the best way to tell if something is for you is to look at the code, and they have a great showing of it. You can go to their Laszlo Explorer page and take a look at the Laszlo in 10 minutes guide. It not only gives you active code to play around with, but it shows you exactly how simple it is.
If you are further intrigued, you can take a look at a development environment created just for Laszlo applications. It’s called IDE for Laszlo (yes, I know someone should have consulted their creative marketing department on that name) and it’s put together as a joint project of IBM and Laszlo. The IDE is much like any for a visual programming language, and is downloadable for Windows, Linux, and Mac users.
Overall, I think that it’s a very interesting application framework, and one that has lots of potential — particularly when it’s opened up to include full Ajax options.