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Rounding Up Last Week From AIR to Silverlight to JavaFX

Posted by Sravan | January 19, 2009 .

TweetDeck secured a funding of about $500K! That is wonderful news in this slow economy. Iain Dodsworth develops this Adobe AIR app single-handedly and it has been giving good competition to Twhirl. Though I started tweeting using Twhirl, I moved to TweetDeck sometime back and am mostly happy with it, but for the occasional Unfollow/Follow bug.

Ryan shared a supercool video about Intuilab’s work: multitouch AIR apps built from scratch.

Jens, the Flashgamer, tells us about the Open Video Player that Akamai is developing. Open Video Player is a framework that simplifies building custom video players.

More good news: Scott Barnes, the Microsoft Rich Platforms PM, has said that the Silverlight folks will NOT be affected even if Microsoft actually does layoff some of its employees. He also feels that Silverlight has achieved more than what the Adobe RIA community gives it credit for. I must agree.

The new Adobe XMP Library for AS is now available on Adobe Labs. This can be used to read existing XMP metadata from Flash-based file formats through the Flash player.

Read this thoughtful post about pattern recognition in software development by Eric Feminella.

Lastly, Dean Iverson shows how to build a Simple Calculator using JavaFX. The app is neat and the code intuitive and easy to follow even for those not familiar with JavaFX.

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  1. Tom Van den Eynde  January 20, 2009 12:50 am

    I wonder why you agree with Scott. I guess you haven’t done any real Silverlight development yet? In that case you’d know that Silverlight is simply a buggy copy of Flex. I really look forward to Silverlight 3 because I guess obvious, critical, bugs like the ones in the combobox and popup control will probably be gone. I doubt however that essential things like binding will be as FLEXible as they are in Flex today. Sorry – I still prefer the platform that allows me, as a developer, to prepare for the day that people don’t buy Windows PCs anymore but simple devices running hosted applications that do what 90% of the people out there need (and therefore decent, really official, Linux support is essential).

  2. Sravan  January 20, 2009 5:46 am

    You are right, Tom. I haven’t done any Silverlight development and most probably won’t.

    But I think that Silverlight has developed quite rapidly enough to seem like an alternative to Flex, giving it a real competition. This wasn’t something that anybody expected because Microsoft seemed to have become that giant which can no longer do anything right.

    We have been seing many good websites built using Silverlight, and it definitely is the next best.

  3. Tom Van den Eynde  January 21, 2009 7:08 am

    I guess it’s pretty hard to screw up if you just copy an existing technology :)
    For your information: I wrote a blog posting yesterday about the difference in the amount of code between Flex & Silverlight you need to write in order to accomplish the same: http://riaflex.blogspot.com/2009/01/size-matters-when-comparing-adobe-flex.html

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