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.
Speaker Bio: Yakov Fain is a managing principal of Farata Systems, a
consulting, training and product company. He's authored several Java books
and dozens of technical articles. The latest book he co-authored is "Rich
Internet Applications with Adobe Flex and Java: Secrets of the Masters." Sun
Adobe's next-generation client, codenamed "Apollo," will extend the reach and
capabilities of today's rich Internet applications (RIAs), freeing them to
run outside the browser, on desktops. Luis Polanco (pictured), product
manager for Apollo told the audience at 'Real-World Flex' in New York City
Polanco showed how RIAs for the desktop will in the future be able to be
built using Apoloo 1.0 in conjunction with familiar web development
technologies including HTML, AJAX, Flash, as well as Flex.
There will be a developer release available via Adobe Labs "by the end of the
The need to support off-line capabilities has driven some RIA providers back
to the fat client platform. For example, Adobe AIR, Google Gears, and
Slingshot are all examples of this trend. The fat client offers a lot of
advantages over RIA technologies such as AJAX, but there are also some
serious drawbacks. Is history repeating itself? Will the surge of interest in
fat clients be disruptive to the Web and RIA technologies? This presentation
will examine those possibilities and provide advice on when, if ever,
developers should use Fat Client technology.
Speaker Bio: Over 14 year... (more)
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)
Adobe announced at that Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player 10 software are
being installed in record numbers by consumers and companies around the
world. In less than one year after its initial release, there have been more
than 100 million installations of Adobe AIR. Additionally, Adobe Flash Player
10 was installed on more than 55 percent of computers worldwide in just the
first two months of its release, and is expected to surpass 80 percent by the
second quarter of 2009, far outpacing the installation rate of past versions
of the software.
Companies across a variety of industr... (more)