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Finally, GeoWeb is Complete and Born

Posted by Moxie Zhang | March 19, 2008 | 5 Comments

What’s is the best RIA application ever created? If your answer is something around Flex or Flash, then it’ll be wrong answer. The right answer is Google Map. It’s Google Map makes AJAX known and RIA a reality. Google even goes above and beyond claimed the term “GeoWeb”. However, up till now, Google Map is still just the best client, the visualization end, of GeoWeb. The “Geo” part of GeoWeb was missing.

Yesterday, ESRI, the shy, but true and real “Geo” dude behind all, I mean ALL, the web map buzz and technologies, released its very own JavaScript API and […] Continue Reading…

5 Speech Bubbles Design Resources

Posted by Charles | March 17, 2008 | Comment

Forget it if it’s Flex, Silverlight or AJAX, when your apps to have users say something, you might want the sayings speak in speech bubbles. To make your design effort easier or to have some references, here five more places you can check them out. CSS Play – This CSS based bubbles that use images to form the bubbles. It’s based on the javascript version of Speech Bubbles at this is a light weight CSS only version. Whilst it does not have the flexiblity of the javascript it does still work with javascript off. Will Mayo – This […] Continue Reading…

Google Gives You Sky

Posted by Charles | March 14, 2008 | Comment

Google Sky is available within browser now. It used to only for Google Earth, the desktop mapping client. It’s great gift to people who fascinated about the universe beyond the tiny globe called Earth.

Picnik Flashing the Top Social World

Posted by Charles | March 14, 2008 | Comment

Late last year Flickr adopted our beloved Picnik to be its resident photo editing tool. This week, the Flash based photo editing site goes to, the largest social network in the world. Picnik released a myspace application built on myspace’s shinning new myspace platform.

Is Qt becoming Another Major RIA Player?

Posted by Charles | March 14, 2008 | Comment

Nokia is buying Qt for $153 million. Nokia is actually buying Trolltech, but the target is Qt. So, what is Qt anyway? Trolltech is the company develops a Linux-based mobile platform called Qtopia that includes a mobile Qt stack. It’s the company behind Qt, a cross-platform rich application development framework.  It includes: An intuitive, easy to use class library Integrated development tools Cross-platform development on desktop and embedded platforms Support for C++ and Java development Since all the RIA players are moving into mobile space (Microsoft’s Silverlight, Sun JavaFX and Adobe Flash Lite 3), could […] Continue Reading…

SearchMe in Flex Video

Posted by Charles | March 13, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here is the video of the very hyped new search engine developed with Flex interface.

The Most Practical Flex Application

Posted by Charles | March 13, 2008 | 1 Comment

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 […] Continue Reading…

A Small World Coming Near You

Posted by Charles | March 12, 2008 | 2 Comments

Lots of people entering second life to get a new life. For those they might find themselves becoming giants in the Small World, a coming Flash based 3D virtual world. SmallWorlds is a 3D virtual world that runs inside your web browser. It enables you to build your own room, house, or even your own world, and fill it with a wide variety of items and fun activities. With your online friends and acquaintances, you can share experiences like playing games, watching YouTube videos, listening to your favorite band browsing through photo galleries, and so on. So, […] Continue Reading…

10 Button Design Resources For RIA Applications

Posted by Charles | March 11, 2008 | Comment

Now you’ve got all the shining tools for exciting RIA applications, brand new Flex 3 and AIR plus Silverlight 2.0. You can skin your Flex apps as far as your creativity and imagination can go. You can indulge yourself with how ever complex Silverlight templates you want. Let’s start with Button. Since we still need push button to tell computers do their work, here are ten sources where you can be inspired to design your standout buttons:  My Cool Button – A nice JavaScript driven online tool that will help you to quickly create the button that you want […] Continue Reading…


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