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Adobe Bags 3 AJAX World RIA Awards

Posted by Sravan | January 15, 2009 | Comment

Adobe won three awards among the most competitive categories in the 7th International AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo. Adobe Flash won the Best Rich Internet Platform award while Adobe Flex SDK won the Best SDK and the Best Open Source RIA Solution awards.

Read the full story here.

AJAXWorld is one of the four annual events held by SYS-CON Media since 2001. The next AJAXWorld will be held on June 22-23, 2009 in the New York City.

Image Source: AJAXWorld.

Problems With the Adobe Websites

Posted by Sravan | January 14, 2009 | 4 Comments

I griped about it in the past, but let me rap the Adobe website domain once again. The reason why this has come up is that Adobe is partnering with Broadcom and Intel separately to bring Flash Platform to TVs, and I visited for the original official sources.

The search field continues to be unhelpful, with its hints aimed only at the various Adobe product pages, and the actual search results sorted using some trivial ranking criteria which don’t immediately give the users what they want.

Second, why doesn’t such a big domain not have a site map? The problem […] Continue Reading…

Rounding up Last Week

Posted by Sravan | January 12, 2009 | Comment

A harmless tweet lead to a conversation that turned into an interesting debate about the mortality of ColdFusion. Aral says that learning ColdFusion is a waste of time, and Peter believes that it is time for Adobe to help shape ColdFusion’s direction. Many other said many more things on these two posts itself.

James Ward writes a killer post about Flash platform partner resources. A must read for all Flex/AIR developers.

Ryan discovers that Obama is using a Flex app on but more importantly writes a beginners’ Flash Catalyst tutorial.

Rich Tretola is collecting feedback about SQLite limitations. Please spare a […] Continue Reading…

To Be or Not To Be Open Source

Posted by Sravan | January 8, 2009 | 11 Comments

Today I read a three-week-old article on The Register about the challenges Adobe has been facing by keeping its software open for the past two years. I’m still thinking about it.

The gist of the article is:

1. Most/All Flex committers are Adobe employees.
2. Sharing ideas without exposing the commercial ones is a tight-rope walk.
3. Everyone being a critic makes even picking a license a nightmare.
4. Major cost of going open source is employee hours spent in working through all submitted fixes.
5. Tons of fixes and few ideas are coming from the community.
6. Adobe should have spent more time researching how […] Continue Reading…

Among the Best Posts of 2008 on Flex RIA

Posted by Sravan | January 7, 2009 | Comment

As you all know, I have recently tried to look how Flex RIA was a year ago through the Wayback machine. While it was not possible for me to read each and every post made over the year, here are some I found interesting among the popular ones in each month.

Jan, 2008: It was a time when desktop sites were cropping up all around. This nice review of myGoya also cites other similar websites.

Feb, 2008: Charles looked at the contributions of early RIAs to UI design and tested blist when it was still on private beta and liked it. […] Continue Reading…

ACE Solitaire: A Beginners’ Flash Game Example

Posted by Sravan | January 6, 2009 | 1 Comment

Adobe Evangelist Ted Patrick is another of those who were busy during the vacation. He finished a Flash game called ACE Solitaire that he had been working on for about 3 months. The game was launched on Facebook on Jan 1st of 2009.

ACE Solitaire is a Classic Solitaire game with one difference: All the drawn cards remain visible in each round of drawing. They are reset only when the player should replace the drawn cards and start the next round. This makes the game easier for two different reasons which you will have to guess.

That said, even the easy […] Continue Reading…

Rounding up New Year Week

Posted by Sravan | January 5, 2009 | Comment

Back from vacation everybody? My work has piled up so much that I am dreaming about a magic charm during the winks I am able to manage. Not all took a vacation apparently. Some hardworking people leaked Windows 7 Demo and phished Twitter while we were away. Good for Microsoft and Twitter, don’t you think? Aral demanded Twitter to implement oAuth while I pondered about some problems that people will face on Twitter.

Ryan Stewart learnt C# and played with Flash Catalyst during the vacation. That became useful to us because he shares some performance tips when using Flash Catalyst […] Continue Reading…

10 RIA Predictions for 2009

Posted by Charles | January 1, 2009 | 13 Comments

Because of our very impressive and accurate RIA prediction done in 2006, we’ve made it a tradition to have one at every year end. First of all, let me review how the predictions for 2008 scores: Adobe Won’t Got Acquired: No, it wasn’t. Silverlight Won’t Kill Flash: No, it didn’t. It will not (take it as a long standing prediction:-) Sun JavaFX Won’t Take Off: No, it hasn’t. (I think Sun will abandon it eventually:-( Facebook Won’t Go Open Social: No, it didn’t. Even though myspace did it, Facebook won’t give. Android Won’t be Just Another Mobile OS: […] Continue Reading…

Flex RIA From 2008 To 2009

Posted by Sravan | December 31, 2008 | 2 Comments

With each passing year, we look back into the past as if by rule and try to see if it meant anything. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, I could get a glimpse of how Flex RIA had been before I joined it. (Flex RIA on Jan 05, 2008)
Back then we had about 130 RSS subscribers. Today there are a steady 1,100-1,200 except on those days when Feedburner doesn’t like us. We placed a Twitter badge then itself though we are yet to adopt Twitter well even today. (I have started tweeting only recently and am still discovering its true […] Continue Reading…


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