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Open sourcing of the highly compressed communication protocol AMF and server‐side Flex components play an important role in adoption of Flex by the enterprises. Live Cycle Data Services (LCDS) is an excellent solution for building scalable RIA, but it’s not cheap. For those who don’t have a budget for LCDS, Adobe has released BlazeDS, the open source implementation of AMF communication protocol. The Theory BlazeDS was offered as a free version of LCDS Flex remoting that also promised scaled down support of a modest number of concurrent users for data push. But the enterprise clients wanted the best of both worlds: an inexpensive and scalable solution. The great part about LCDS and BlazeDS is that their code base is extendable and you can try to make the code do new things. The problem is that the base code is targeting only conventional Java Servlet container where... (more)

"Desperate Housewives" Delivered Online...Thanks to Adobe's Flash Video

"ABC and NBC and pop culture phenomena like YouTube and MySpace are relying on Adobe technologies to reach new audiences," said Shantanu Narayen (pictured), president and COO at Adobe, as it was announced that the company had won a Technical and Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its Flash Video technology, in recognition of the software's pivotal role in bringing television content to the Internet. "Winning this Emmy is deserved recognition for our engineering teams and Adobe’s continued commitment to innovation in dynamic ... (more)

JBoss Uses Adobe Flex to Build New Web-Based Mail Client

The JBoss Mail Server (JBMS) has been recently re-branded for its upcoming 1.0 release as "JBoss Collaboration Server." The web-based mail client component of the whole collaboration server package, says JBoss's Andy Oliver, is "spellbinding." The JBMS team used Adobe Flex 2.0. James Ward, a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe, notes that the Flex 2.0 SDK is free to develop with and deploy:  and that Flex's source is open. "Flex & Flash are greatly influenced by Customer Advisory Boards and private & public beta groups," Ward explains. "Although it's not as formal as the JCP, i... (more)

Luis Polanco To Speak Out About Adobe "Apollo" at the 'Real-World Flex' One-Day Seminar

"Apollo," the code name for a cross-operating system runtime being developed by Adobe that allows developers to leverage their existing web development skills (Flash, Flex, HTML, JavaScript, Ajax) to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) to the desktop, will be the focus of a session to be presented by Adobe's Luis Polanco at the Real-World Flex One-Day Seminar, to be produced by SYS-CON Events at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York on August 14. Apollo is a hot topic right now. While a number of more traditional desktop applications can be built and targeted at the Apol... (more)

Flex Track at AJAXWorld 2006 Has Stellar Line-Up

Christophe Coenraets (pictured) chairs and Mike Nimer, James Ward, Luis Polanco, Andrew Oliver, Mansour Raad, Boris Kabisher and Manish Jiandani will all be giving sessions when the one-day Flex Track kicks off next month at AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2006 in the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. The track is being held Thursday, October 3. The topics being addressed by the various speakers are as follows: Web 2.0 with Flex: Delivering ROI to Enterprise Apps Mike Nimer Flex with Java James Ward Taking RIAs to the Desktop with Apollo, Adobe's Next Generation Client L... (more)