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Adobe AIR Opens the Pandora Box

Posted by Charles | June 5, 2008 | 1 Comment

I mean it literally. Pandora is one of many startup music services. They’ve got a huge music library and it’s an excellent way to discover music. They also claim to be one of the larger user bases for online music. It was all in browser but it changed by releasing Pandora Desktop, on Adobe AIR. The UI of this AIR application is very simple and robust without intrusive features. You login to your Pandora account and all the channels you have are just there. Truth is, this little guy is pretty simple. It’s just a way to pull […] Continue Reading…

Look into the Silverlight!

Posted by Jay | June 5, 2008 | 5 Comments

If you’ve visited the Microsoft web site in the past couple of months then you will probably already know about Silverlight. Just in case you’re not aware what it is, it’s Microsoft’s answer for Flash. It is a very powerful framework which enables developers to create Rich Internet applications (RIA’s).

Silverlight is still in Beta testing, which means it is not released for public use. Microsoft is preparing to release the Beta 2 version of Silverlight which has many useful changes.

One of the biggest changes in Silverlight Beta 2 is to make it look and behave more like the Windows […] Continue Reading…

Official Google Maps API Blog Killed

Posted by Sravan | June 4, 2008 | Comment

Trouble with Google Reader is that it only brings in feeds from the sites to which we subscribe, and not an iota more. If only it could also figure out how to make me read all those items.

When I haven’t gotten anything new from Google Maps API for over a week, I got concerned. Was the team on a strike?

Turns out, they “retired the blog”. They moved on to a Google Geo Developers Blog. It makes sense. The blog started getting posts on all topics mildly related to Google Geo from Google’s AJAX APIs Team, Geo APIs Team, Maps […] Continue Reading…

SmallWorld Is Flashingly Bigger

Posted by Charles | June 4, 2008 | 1 Comment

The Flash and Flex based new startup virtual world SmallWorld finally opens its door to beta testers. If you previously signed up for the beta then you should be able to login and find the virtual you in the small world. I did. The experience is very different from Second Life. I guess because of avoiding a local software installation the UI 3D rendering has to be simpler. The account creation process is also the process to create yourself. It’s Flash so that you can expect the UI is very flashing and dynamic. Once you login you are in […] Continue Reading…

Up Close and Personal with Mount Rushmore

Posted by Jay | June 4, 2008 | Comment

Mount Rushmore is almost certainly the best known landmark in all of America, it’s unique features mean that it’s instantly recognizable. Everybody around the world must know about Mount Rushmore.

Mt. Rushmore is located in a fairly remote area which is off the beaten track, this means that many people are missing out on the opportunity to visit. Fortunately technology comes to the aid of these people by providing us with a way to quickly and easily look at the carved faces without even having to leave our homes!

That’s right, by using Microsoft Virtual Earth’s birds eye view mode it’s […] Continue Reading…

RIA Runs Faster on XP Than on Leopard

Posted by Charles | June 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here is a story that can send Mac maniacs and Firefox fanatics in a tizzy. GUIMark’s results show that IE7 renders HTML faster than Firefox 2, Opera 9.27 and Safari 3. Based on the average frame rate, WinXP also beat Macintosh OS X 10.5 “Leopard” in Flex 3, Java 5 Swing, Silverlight 1, and Silverlight 2 Beta. GUIMark is a benchmark test suite designed to compare the rendering systems of several popular UI runtimes. The project is inspired by Bubblemark, which the man behind GUIMark thinks is a poor UI benchmark. Summary of results: […] Continue Reading…

Funny Video – SOAP is Out, REST is In

Posted by Charles | June 2, 2008 | Comment

Here is a very funny video captured at the Rails Conference. It makes SOAP vs REST discussion lighter, or not…

Flex Programming Tips of the Week 0805D

Posted by Charles | June 2, 2008 | 2 Comments

BlazeDS, Spring and Acei security – the part 3 of the integration series. I’m glad to see more and more efforts or focus shifting to server side to develop robust RIA enterprise application. Many issues need to be addressed in that space, including security. Good example.

Introduce Open Country Codes – You are the man, Aral Balkan. We are funs of Aral’s framework.We are so glad to see he helps taking care of the details as well. How many times we are trying to find out the list of state abbreviations, the country codes, etc. The Ruby on Rails folks […] Continue Reading…

Not on Subversion yet? Try Git

Posted by Charles | May 31, 2008 | Comment

I’ve start seeing more and more open source developments in the RIA space, especially ActionScript and Flex based open source projects. I don’t know any of those new projects is using CVS anymore, rather most of them must be on Subversion. If you start something new, regardless it’s open or not, you might take a pass on Git, a new distributed open source version control system. The Ruby on Rails godness David Heinemeier Hansson (aka DHH) recently wrote a piece about Git. So given all that, I think the Git move is even more interesting. That camp is […] Continue Reading…


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