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ASP.NET AJAX is a natural candidate for RIA development under the .NET framework. However, there are other complementary or even alternative technologies that are worth your consideration. This session will start with a brief market overview and outline the pros and cons of some of the emerging and established frameworks, particularly JavaFX, Silverlight, and Flex. We will then dive into hands-on labs for delivering applications using Flex and .NET. You'll see specific implementations utilizing web services, FlourineFX (open source Flash remoting) and WebORB (commercial Flash remoting). We will also discuss delivering desktop applications using Adobe AIR, streaming video over the web, and engaging your audience with audio/video chat. Basically all the must-have features of today's Rich Internet Applications. Speaker Bio: Mike Grushin is the CTO of SharpStyle Labs, In... (more)

RIA Tookits, Frameworks and IDEs: How Do You Really Choose the Right One?

This session will address issues to consider when selecting an AJAX toolkit and the most effective IDE for the implementation. It will identify the 30-40 UI components most commonly used in business and mission critical software applications that can be used as a benchmark for evaluating various toolkits, then explore the top evaluation criteria including component behaviors, customization, flexibility, frameworks, licensing and documentation. Attendess will be provided with a comparison survey for the 6-8 most widely used AJAX UI component libraries. Further discussion will addr... (more)

"Real-World Flex" — Flex 2, the Flash Player, ActionScript and More

With its free features, such as the Flex SDK, Flex 2 uses Adobe's ubiquitous Flash Player as its runtime, which is why Adobe can confidently predict millions of users and 1,000,000 developers. That, according to Flex Product Manager Eric Anderson (pictured), is the key to understanding the potential of Flex: it is going to have the widest reach of any other technology in the world. Anderson's talk was particularly useful for anyone wishing to master Flex Data Services, and his demos were well received by the completely full Grand Ballroom at SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Flex" One-... (more)

"We Build Software Backwards," Claims Cynergy VP Dave Wolf at "Real-World Flex"

"If we can imagine it, we can now build it." That, in a single sentence, is what - according to Dave Wolf, VP of Consulting at Cynergy Systems pictured) - characterizes the disruptive moment of opportunity that Flex has arrived right in the middle of. In his session, intriguingly titled "Front to Back Development," Wolf contended that "If we don't know what the app has to do, we build everything." But 80% of the users only want 20% of the features, Wolf continued - so why don't we predict that and developers could save themselves 80% of their time? We need to build software the ot... (more)

Adobe Announces MAX 2006 Conference and Fourth Annual MAX Awards

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced the Adobe MAX 2006 Conference, to be held Oct. 23-26 in Las Vegas. MAX 2006 will give developers and designers a forum to network, share ideas, get hands-on technical training from certified experts, gain new skills and learn about new and emerging Adobe products and technologies. Adobe also announced the call for entries for the fourth annual Adobe MAX Awards, which recognize customer achievement in eight different categories. With the conference theme of "Beyond Boundaries," the event will feature keynotes by Adobe CEO Bruce ... (more)