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Open sourcing of the highly compressed communication protocol AMF and server‐side Flex components play an important role in adoption of Flex by the enterprises. Live Cycle Data Services (LCDS) is an excellent solution for building scalable RIA, but it’s not cheap. For those who don’t have a budget for LCDS, Adobe has released BlazeDS, the open source implementation of AMF communication protocol. The Theory BlazeDS was offered as a free version of LCDS Flex remoting that also promised scaled down support of a modest number of concurrent users for data push. But the enterprise clients wanted the best of both worlds: an inexpensive and scalable solution. The great part about LCDS and BlazeDS is that their code base is extendable and you can try to make the code do new things. The problem is that the base code is targeting only conventional Java Servlet container where... (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)

"Desperate Housewives" Delivered Online...Thanks to Adobe's Flash Video

"ABC and NBC and pop culture phenomena like YouTube and MySpace are relying on Adobe technologies to reach new audiences," said Shantanu Narayen (pictured), president and COO at Adobe, as it was announced that the company had won a Technical and Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its Flash Video technology, in recognition of the software's pivotal role in bringing television content to the Internet. "Winning this Emmy is deserved recognition for our engineering teams and Adobe’s continued commitment to innovation in dynamic ... (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)

Might There Be a Million Flex Developers By 2010?

In late 2005 Adobe announced a goal at MAX 2005 of increasing the Flex development community from roughly five thousand to over a million by around the year 2010. The key driver of this initiative is Flex 2 and its tiered licensing model. The bigger the community, the better is for developers, and one - Tariq Ahmed - has taken the initiative, and wants to help the community find out how many there are. He has set up an International FlexCoders Registry. You can find it at http://www.flexcoders.net/. (EDITOR'S NOTE, this is a different site entirely to http://flexcoders.com.) Says A... (more)