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 product company. He has authored several Java books, dozens of technical
articles. SYS-CON Books released his latest book, "Rich Internet Applications
with Adobe Flex and Java: Secrets of the Masters" in Spring 2007. Sun
Microsystems has nominated and awarded Yakov with the title Java Champion.... (more)
Freely Available "SizeableTitleWindow" With Adobe's ColdFusion/Flex
In playing around with the ColdFusion/Flex wizards, I found that Adobe
includes a really nice resizeable closeable window. When I get more time,
I'll integrate this with my MaximizeRestorePanel class.
import flash.events.... (more)
With just 8 weeks to go before the first ever "Real-World Flex" One-Day
Seminar, Adobe today launches Flex 2, with a free Adobe Flex 2 Software
Development Kit (SDK) designed to give application developers a "free entry
point" into the Flex 2 product line.
The Flex 2 product line - combined with and Adobe Flash Player 9 - aims
to bring the power of Flex development within reach of every application
developer, says Adobe. With powerful tools based on Eclipse, a robust data
services offering, and the introduction of the free Adobe Flex 2 SDK, the
company believes that it is "equip... (more)
'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)
"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)