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Which RIA To Learn?

Posted by Sravan | February 26, 2009 .

Martin Heller, the blogger of the Strategic Developer, wrote an interesting article in ComputerWorld introducing 4 RIA technologies for building desktop apps: Adobe AIR, Curl Nitro, Google Gears, and Microsoft Silverlight. As one of the commenters noted, the absence of Sun JavaFX is conspicuous, or not.

The article along with other information gives a basic overview of the capabilities of the technologies, loosely talks about their pros and cons, and the prerequisite foundation which might make acquaintance easier. As a layperson interested in RIA technologies, I have been planning to learn at least one and have downloaded most SDKs: Adobe Flex, Adobe AIR, Microsoft Silverlight, Sun JavaFX. Aren’t they bulky?

I feel so indecisive that today I am suddenly starting to wonder whether Google Gears might be a good idea. I’ve already checked out a couple of samples and it hasn’t intimidated me yet.

I have decided to learn something and hope that openly airing my thoughts will force me to take this more seriously. Any suggestions?

Full disclosure: After five years of Computer Science in college and now while working in the software industry, I have managed without learning any language thoroughly, and I continue to depend largely on Bash and Perl.

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  1. thunderror  March 9, 2009 8:15 pm

    I’d recommend going for Flex. Maybe that’s cos I’m a fan myself..plus you learn AIR on the way…But whatever you learn, you can apply the same principles to other RIAs…After all, they all live in the same online world..

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