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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)

How Do You Pick the Right Technology for Enterprise Rich Internet Applications?

We are entering an era of Rich Internet Applications (RIA), and many enterprise development managers are facing the dilemma - which way to go - remain with tried and true Java or .NET or experiment with such newcomers as AJAX, Flex, Silverlight, or JavaFX. While the Internet brings a lot of noise where "it's cool" is the most popular definition, this presentation is an overview of what's out there on the enterprise RIA market. We'll talk about the pros and cons of using various techniques and technologies for the development of the front end for complex distributed systems. Spea... (more)

Flash Player Will Remain the Best Deployment Platform for RIAs

In our annual round-up of technology predictions, Yakov Fain - editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's Flex Developer's Journal - says "Flash Player will remain the best deployment platform for rich Internet applications. While Microsoft is trying to come up with a competitive delivering platform for RIA, it’s not going to happen in 2008. Silverlight 1.0 is a good start, the next version (1.1) will be even better, but it’ll take time to release a product that can do more than streaming multimedia." Yakov Fain is a managing principal of Farata Systems, consulting, training and pr... (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)

Adobe Launches Flex 3 Public Beta

Adobe Systems announced the public beta of Adobe Flex 3 software, the cross platform, free open source framework for creating rich Internet applications (RIAs). This major functional release adds rich new UI capabilities, enhanced developer productivity, desktop deployment and enterprise testing and performance tools. The Flex 3 public beta also marks the first significant deliverable for the open source Flex project, beginning with the availability of nightly builds and a public bug database. Flex 3 gives developers the power to extend the reach of their RIAs beyond the browser ... (more)