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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-Day Seminar. Adobe's Eric Anderson, Flex Product Manager at "Real-World Flex" in New York, August 14, 2006 ... (more)

Flash and Flex are Adobe's "Winning Combo," Says Jesse Randall Warden at 'Real-World Flex'

"Geeks mingled with suits; some of the geeks IN suits." That, according to 'Real-World Flex' speaker Jesse Randall Warden, was what greeted him when he arrived in New York City's Roosevelt Hotel this morning ready to give his own session at the event, a session called "Flash and Flex - A Winning Combo." Warden, a Senior Consultant with Universal Mind who specializes in Flex, Flash, & Flash Lite Development, has been incredibly busy lately: "While everyone was celebrating the 10-year birthday of Flash for the last couple weeks, I was busy using it." "Hopefully in the next couple of m... (more)

Adobe AIR, Google Gears, Slingshot... The Fat Client Is Back!

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)

Adobe Flex Rules, Everything Else Drools

A reader feedback in response to Yakov Fain's recent article "Rich Internet Applications - State of the Union" reads as follows: "This blog is certainly not an unbiased analysis, even though it's pretending to be just that. The article is basically "Flex rules, everything else drools". It goes on and on about the good things about Flex, while giving only cursory coverage of Flex drawbacks. Meanwhile, it's just the opposite regarding the other technologies, going on and on about drawbacks, and giving only cursory coverage of advantages. Case in point, Yakov says that Java Swing de... (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)