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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 M... (more)

Luis Polanco Unveils Adobe's Cross-OS Runtime – Codename: "Apollo"

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 today. 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 ye... (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)

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)

Adobe Flash Platform Achieves Record Adoption Across Industries

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)