Dave Bouwman noticed that ESRI has annouced that the Web ADF will be deprecated after ArcGIS 10. To me that’s not very surprising. I’ve blogged about my dislike to this framework more than once, and to me its death cannot come any sooner. I guess ESRI noticed that the simplicity of the REST API’s is winning the customers, and decided to back off the wretched thing. So is this good news? Ultimately, yes. The less people trying to make software with the ADF, the better.
If you were to try to take advantage of the greatest new features of each release, you probably had to rewrite your application every time. ESRI’s idea of backward compatability tends to be “let’s hope our customers won’t notice that we changed everything yet again”.