ASP.NET AJAX is a natural candidate for RIA development under the .NET
framework. However, there are other complementary or even alternative
technologies that are worth your consideration. This session will start with
a brief market overview and outline the pros and cons of some of the emerging
and established frameworks, particularly JavaFX, Silverlight, and Flex. We
will then dive into hands-on labs for delivering applications using Flex and
.NET. You'll see specific implementations utilizing web services, FlourineFX
(open source Flash remoting) and WebORB (commercial Flash remoting). We will
also discuss delivering desktop applications using Adobe AIR, streaming video
over the web, and engaging your audience with audio/video chat. Basically all
the must-have features of today's Rich Internet Applications.
Speaker Bio: Mike Grushin is the CTO of SharpStyle Labs, In... (more)
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
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
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)
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)
"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)