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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 years of professional experience in enterprise application development, writing, and analysis. Sr. Analyst for Burton Group covering Java, RIA, open source, and mobile application development. Member of the JCP Expert Committee, member of EJB 2.1, EJB 3.0, and J2EE 1.4 JCP Expert Groups. Archite... (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)

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)

WebDDJ News Desk

AJAX and Flash Together By Mike Potter from www.riapedia.com Many people are confused about the relationship between Flash, Flex and AJAX. It's a bit tricky, because in many cases the three technologies are similar to each other: all three allow web developers to add dynamic elements to static web pages very easily. Flex and Flash are both delivered via the Flash Player (normally used as a plugin to browsers), AJAX applications are delivered via the browser. AJAX is written with JavaScript, XML and HTML components, Flex applications are written with ActionScript, XML and MXML co... (more)

Adobe Flex Will Be Bundled with BEA Workshop Studio

Adobe and BEA have announced partnership across four products: “The companies will work together to provide customers with a powerful design environment for rich Internet application (RIA) development. Separately, they will bring together best in class application server technology to help enterprises develop customer engagement applications. Under the terms of the agreement, BEA will bundle Adobe(R) Flex(TM) Builder(TM) 2 software with BEA Workshop(TM) Studio, empowering developers to rapidly build cross-platform RIAs that integrate with SOA and Web 2.0 infrastructure for ... (more)