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The Most Practical Flex Application

Posted by Charles | March 13, 2008 .

turbotax The Most Practical Flex Application

I’ve been talking about Flex and Flex applications here for awhile. Mostly I wrote about new startups using Flex as RIA development tool. it seems it’s only those edging cool kids using Flex. But I think the edging and niche day of Flex is ended. It’s a good thing because Flex is mainstream technology now. Example? The TurboTax Personal Pro Flex application from good old Intuit says it all.

I have been using Turbo Tax for a long long time. Every year, the CD will be shipped to me before I know the tax season is here. But most of my friends actually dump their “shoe box” to their accountants every year paying couple hundreds to thousands. Couple of them is about try TuboTax Personal Pro this year. What this online TuboTax does is simple. You provide your tax related personal information, a tax professional behind will help you do the tax. You can have one-on-one with the tax guy online. That’s it.

The UI is very practical and nothing fancy. Actually it’s really just bunch of forms but it consistent with the more and more simpler UI of Windows TurboTax application. That’s what I think what RIA application should really be, simple and more usable. RIA doesn’t mean fancy bells and whistles, bolts and nuts, movements and shadows, effects and transitions. They are all helpful and cool when used right, but they are just not what RIA created for.

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  1. Crawford  March 14, 2008 12:59 pm

    I think that Flex RIA’s are going to grow a great deal this year. Flash 9 is on 96% of the browsers now and that allows for Flex support. I know we are moving to it this year for our development because of the level of Flash 9 playback availability in the market place.

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