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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)

How Do You Pick the Right Technology for Enterprise Rich Internet Applications?

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. Spea... (more)

"Now Is a Great Time to Be a Flex Developer," Says Adobe's David Mendels

'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)

"Real-World Flex" — Flex 2, the Flash Player, ActionScript and More

With its free features, such as the Flex SDK, Flex 2 uses Adobe's ubiquitous Flash Player as its runtime, which is why Adobe can confidently predict millions of users and 1,000,000 developers. That, according to Flex Product Manager Eric Anderson (pictured), is the key to understanding the potential of Flex: it is going to have the widest reach of any other technology in the world. Anderson's talk was particularly useful for anyone wishing to master Flex Data Services, and his demos were well received by the completely full Grand Ballroom at SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Flex" One-... (more)