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10 Predictions Done Right, Most of them

Posted by Charles | December 19, 2007 .

Somehow found our 10 RIA predictions post made in early 2006 while searching on Google. I was surprised by how accurate most of predictions were. Can’t help showing off here item by item:

  • The release of Flex 2.0, especially the new Flex Builder along with its independent pricing plan, triggers new high of RIA buzz.

    Yes, indeed. I know it’s kinda predictable. But that’s early 2006 and look at now. I could say now, “I told you.” hehehe…

  • Microsoft releases a full set of repackaged RIA product, ahead of Vista release, to suppress the new wave of RIA fire.

    Man! we are so proud of ourselves with this one. We now know it’s called Silverlight. But how could we know. We didn’t, we predicted. Oh, ya.

  • Sun adapts the term RIA in Java technologies and rolls out new UI specifications, trying to regain some UI ground.

    I’m just thrilled when read this now. That’s JavaFX. I know I know it didn’t happen in 2006, but we said Sun will do and they did.

  • Adobe (no more the M.) donates some codes to ignite a few more opensource fires around RIA technologies, to please developers and keep the leading momentum.

    Oh ya, it’s not some. They did a lot open source. Good job, Adobe!

  • Either IBM or Oracle try to buy Adobe. As usual, Oracle is more hostile.

    Missed this one. I shall say, those named big dude missed this one. Adobe is getting bigger and bigger and it’s hard to have a bite now.

  • Google offers Application Search, which is based on the indexing of public RIA applications. RIA applications need adapt certain Google RIA tagging scheme though.

    It’s late for this one. Google just announced specification to index fla and flv. But we knew they will do it sooner or later.

  • New opensource framework, RIA on Rail (RoR), starts and gains bigger follower crowd. It addresses both UI and server side stuffs. Watch out Cairngorm and alike.

    Too bad, this is not happening. But we can still wish.

  • A new opensource project starts to mimic the whole MXML thing using the open Flash specification. It’s called OpenFlex, later forced to renamed to something else.

    Well, Adobe did opened up Flash. But where is OpenFlex?

  • Every developer claims himself/herself a RIA developer.

    Do you?

  • Microsoft offers AJAX integration in Visual Studio. Adobe (if not bought) faces increasing challenges and the face-off will be in 2007.
  •        Haha, you know we were right on this one!

      Based on this track record, I think we will do another round of prediction this year. How do you think?

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    2 Comments so far
    1. Tom Van den Eynde  December 19, 2007 2:13 pm

      My predication for 2008: Google buys Adobe (because only this way they can really compete with Microsoft Office – Microsofts cash cow).

    2. Sravan  January 1, 2009 10:04 am

      Some of these were very good predictions.

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