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Next Generation Rich Applications

Posted by Sravan | March 6, 2009 | 1 Comment

The Amazon Windowshop gives a good overview of top selling books, movies, music and games without having to navigate around tediously. nycgo provides every little thing that you need to plan your trip to the New York City along with direction maps with estimated timings to travel around. The rich applications that we use today are centered around visualization. They strive to reach beyond eye candy to make it easy for the user to visualize lots of data and make decisions based on them.

One kind of rich applications which are still in their nascent stage but will soon take […] Continue Reading…

Four Flex IDEs

Posted by Sravan | March 4, 2009 | 5 Comments

From the obvious to the less obvious:

1. Adobe Flex Builder: Most Flash developers swear that this is the easiest way to develop rich Internet applications for the web and the desktop using Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR. Understandably the most extensive IDE for Flex available on the market. A free student license, a 60-day free trial for others followed by a license at US$249. This is the only cross-platform IDE in this list.

2. SapphireSteel Amethyst: A few days ago, the Beta 3 version of Amethyst was released. An edition of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is a prerequisite, on which […] Continue Reading…

Hundred Million Milestones

Posted by Sravan | March 3, 2009 | Comment

The one news that eluded me was about JavaFX. 100 million. No kidding! Even JavaFX, which many of us consider as the Herbie of the sprint touched that big number in less than four months: JavaFX 1.0 had been released on December 4, 2008. “JavaFX’s download rate makes it the fastest growing RIA platform on the market – demonstrating the fastest adoption of any product Sun has ever shipped,” wrote Sun CEO and President Jonathan Schwartz on his blog.

Last week, Mike Ormond announced that Silverlight 2 had been downloaded and installed on more than 300 million machines between October […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Safari’s Week

Posted by Sravan | March 2, 2009 | Comment

The Adobe Flex Team is conducting a Flex user survey and Inside RIA is conducting a poll about how frequently developers contribute to open source efforts.

Adobe AIR 1.5.1 was released. It includes a number of minor bug fixes and a new API.

Now it is the turn of Silverlight to talk about adoption numbers. Mike Ormond shares a few of those numbers, and Scott started a series of posts describing how a typical customer goes about adopting Silverlight.

Flex RIA refers you to attend Flex Camp Miami on March 6th. Flex camps are fun, good for learning and networking. And this […] Continue Reading…

Youtube Interactive Games

Posted by Sravan | February 27, 2009 | 3 Comments

I don’t know how I missed these but, CopyrightHater’s 2009 Oscars Interactive Picture Photo Hunt is the first interactive game on Youtube that I came across. And I got sucked into these completely.

The way this is done is quite simple, where annotations (text and links) can be added anywhere on the video. Youtube first announced the annotations feature way back in June, 2008 as a beta feature.

While werneroi and some others may claim that they were the first to create interactive games, this shell game existed in May, 2008 itself. And interactive videos were there even in Mar, 2008. […] Continue Reading…

Finally, Full Flash for Mobile, Not Lite

Posted by Charles | February 26, 2009 | Comment

Adobe announced during the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 16, that a fully-featured Flash 10 player would soon be available for a number of smartphones in 2010, as reported by CNet. The smartphones will be deployed with the “real” Flash 10 include Windows Mobile, Android (oh ya) and Symbian. But, no iPhone. “We would love to see it on the iPhone, too,” Adobe’s director of Technology Strategy and Partner Development Anup Murarka told conference-goers. “But it’s Apple’s decision on when and how they support any new technology. So we will continue to work on it.” […] Continue Reading…

Which RIA To Learn?

Posted by Sravan | February 26, 2009 | 1 Comment

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 […] Continue Reading…

Video Maps From VidTeq

Posted by Sravan | February 25, 2009 | Comment

Almost all Indian cities are expanded haphazardly and the road construction is likewise. For this reason, the addresses are complex and finding directions even more. Add to this the rapidly changing landscapes of a developing country. Thankfully, people are friendly and knowledgeable enough to guide strangers in the right direction. Even then, there are always folks like me who manage to get lost every now and then.

Finding a location or directions using the Google Maps API is a common service today. But VidTeq goes one step ahead and shows directions in an even more digestible manner.

Take a look at […] Continue Reading…

This Flex Viewer is Rolling

Posted by Moxie Zhang | February 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

First, the ArcGIS API fo Flex API was released, then we developed and shared the spatial Flex Viewer using the API, after that I wrote about the design of the Flex Viewer, Sravan here saw it and liked it very much, and now what? It’s about time for a reality check after about 4 months the viewer in the wild.

Well, I’m extremely happy to see how the Flex Viewer is rolling. The examples say it all:

MD iMap Received Award

The MD iMap is is a Web portal that provides an authoritative basemap of Maryland and allows government and citizens […] Continue Reading…


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