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Working, as he does uniquely well at conference after conference, with live demos and no offline safety-net, Adobe's senior technology evangelist Christophe Coenraets (pictured) delivered his session "Extending AJAX with Flex" to an audience of completely enraptured developers, architects, and IT managers in the Grand Ballroom of The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City at SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar. The title could equally well have been  "How Flex Can Transform the User Experience on the Web," Coenraets noted - since they are really two different ways of saying the same thing.) After starting with use cases involving Flickr, Yahoo! Finance, and Google Maps, Coenraets segued into the world of enterprise apps and demo'd a charting app. . Adobe's Christophe Coenraets Gives Live Demos of Real-Time Collaboration Using Flex at "Real-World Flex" in Ne... (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)

"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)

Mozilla Prism: A Competitor for Adobe AIR?

Mozilla Labs announces "a series of experiments to bridge the divide in the user experience between web applications and desktop apps and to explore new usability models as the line between traditional desktop and new web applications continues to blur". This product is called Prism, and it sounds very interesting. You may even think that  it's going to compete with Adobe AIR in the future.  But since Prism is going to work with one specific browser (Firefox),  its penetration will be limited. On the other hand, Adobe Air moves away from the Web browsers, which has its pros and c... (more)

"Now Is a Great Time to Be a Flex Developer," Says Adobe's David Mendels

'The browser is not really a good model for applications,' said David Mendels this morning at SYS-CON Events' inaugural 'Real-World Flex' One-Day Seminar. Rich Internet Applications are the future of the Web, and cross-platform, powerful Flex 2 is right in the eye of the storm. 'Flex makes RIAs mainstream for the developer community,' Mendels told the packed Grand Ballroom of The Roosvelt Hotel's Grand Ballroom. As senior vice president of the Enterprise and Developer Solutions Business Unit, Mendels used his keynote to "map" the ecosystem that has already sprung up around Flex, ... (more)