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Can you please elaborate on Java vs XULRunner in creating GUI?

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Hi,
I have an architectural question.

I am trying to write a desktop application. In order to do that, I will use Java. But my of my colleagues insist that we should use XULRunner. I am having hard time to convince him why we should not use XULRunner.

The main reason for me is it is a technical experimentation and we can find someone who knows java more easily when it come to hiring in the future.

But I need more technical reasons. Can you please compare XULRunner vs Java to write an application?

What are the disadvantages of XULRunner over Java?

The requirements are roughly like this:

We need:
-file access permissions
-to run certain CLI commands from the UI.
- ability to execute CLI in the context of IDE. IDE should be able to capture certain context information such as file list from the database


Can you please elaborate on this?
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also refer https://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/XULRunner_FAQ, you will get some counter arguments for XULRunner
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I don't see any statement that tells the disadvantages of XULRunner over Java.

Are there any significant technical disadvantages?
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Such as: how is debugging in XULRunner? Is it as easy as Java debugger in Eclipse or in Netbeans?
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Here are some thoughts : http://adblockplus.org/blog/xulrunner-in-large-projects-part-2-why-xulrunner-isn-t-like-java

And at the sametime, login to a job portal and search for job openings based on 'Java' and 'XULRunner'. The results itself will speak.
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