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There are cool software tools and there are practical tools. People who make their living by developing enterprise Web applications are very careful in selecting the language or technology for their needs. There is a huge difference in requirements for developing an application like Google maps and the enterprise-grade high availability business applications. Anatole Tartakovsky of Farata Systems (pictured) is one of these programmers who know pretty much everything. He lives and breathes programming. If he does not know the answer to your problem today, he’ll know it tomorrow. Flex Developer's Journal have asked Anatole some tough questions that concern most of the enterprise developers who are considering Adobe Flex 2 as a tool for their next Web application. Q. How hard is it for typical Java EE developer with Struts and DAO skills to add Flex to their skill set?... (more)

Dreamweaver Update: CSS Takes Center Stage in WebAssist's Version 3.0 Site-Building Tool

WebAssist - whose partners include Adobe, PayPal, Yahoo!, Google, and Affinity - today released the latest version, v3.0, of its best-selling SiteAssist program. SiteAssist 3.0 includes new professional-level designs that the company added, according to its President Eric Ott, in direct response to its customers' growing need for standard-compliant sites. “We’ve managed to add all the benefits of CSS functionality in SiteAssist 3.0 while keeping the tool very easy to use," explained former Macromedia executive Ott (pictured) in an interview with SYS-CON's Jeremy Geela... (more)

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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 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 Releases Significantly Enhanced LiveCycle ES

Adobe has released a substantially enhanced BPM/RIA solution. While LiveCycle suite isn't new software, its popularity increased in June of 2007 when the entire suite started to run on the same J2EE server and the RIA components were introduced. Today, over 5,000 enterprises use LiveCycle in financial services, government, manufacturing, and other verticals. Flex developers will enjoy easier integration with this powerful BPM software. Combine the power of Flex/AIR on the front tier with workflow and strong document generation support (PDF), and you’ll get a killer enterpri... (more)