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Test Web Design in 40 + Web Browsers

Posted by Charles | February 20, 2008 | Comment

If you really want to reach every one of web users then you have to take care of more 40 web browsers. It seems to me a good reason to rethink about HTML + JavaScript web development. But if you do need make sure your design is insanely fit, the place called Browsershots could be your best friend. Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service created by Johann C. Rocholl. When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue. A number of distributed computers […] Continue Reading…

When the Market is Tough

Posted by Charles | February 19, 2008 | Comment

I bet it’s harder and harder to stand today’s financial market. The “R” word is at everyone’s lip. The question is that, are we well prepared? If not, it’s time to get some help. How about find yourself a independent financial advisor, someone you can rely on to provide you sound advice and guide you though the tough market. How about checking out LPL Financial. LPL Financial brings nearly 40 years of industry leadership and innovation to serving the growing needs of the financial advisor and broker/dealer communities. The significant business growth they have achieved as an organization is […] Continue Reading…

Become a Comic Strip Artist with no Talent

Posted by Charles | February 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

I wrote about how you can become a comic artist in 2 minutes and create your own cartoons easily online. I am sure those will bring out your hidden artistic god inside if you have one. But what if you are just a ordinary funny person without much of talent, like most of us are? There always something for everyone online. Try comiqs.com. In a nut shell, comiqs allow you create comic strip without drawing. You just put some photos together in the Flash editor environment. Then write your funny lines in those pop-up templates (you can write, don’t […] Continue Reading…

Java is Still in the RIA Camp

Posted by Charles | February 15, 2008 | 1 Comment

When ever mentioning Java it’s all about server side development. Talking about stereotyping! Just you know that if done it right, Java’s still or could be a viable RIA client side technology, of cause aside from JavaFX. Here is an example. The Java Water Example. Applying simple algorithm, a very realistic water simulation (or effect) can be applied to a image. The code is very simple and short to make this effect happens. The page has detail explanations on how it works. Without knowing this algorithm, a smart Java developer can still make it work but there could be […] Continue Reading…

RIAs and the Future

Posted by Charles | February 14, 2008 | 3 Comments

The magic of the Internet and Internet-based applications has been its constant evolution. Internet-based applications have definitely brought a number of sweeping benefits, for both businesses and consumers; and it has done so in a surprisingly short time. And now we are witnessing another revolution in the making. This next level of Internet experience is being brought about by RIAs – Rich Internet Applications. The RIA advantage RIAs provide users with what is known as HDuX – High Definition User eXperience. Since no page refresh is required, RIA-based websites deliver a rich, interactive and high engaging Web […] Continue Reading…

Flashed with Mini Cooper

Posted by Charles | February 13, 2008 | Comment

Rich Internet Applications are allowing designers to create Web sites in such original ways as could never be imagined before. RIA technologies are offering a number of new options for designing a creative visual interface. A case in point is Mini USA (www.miniusa.com); this is the home of BMW’s popular Mini Cooper. Effective using Rich Internet Applications, MINIUSA.com has broken new ground in design and user experience. With an aim to engage users in enjoyable and unusual ways, MINI USA has enriched MINIUSA.com with various creative features, a few of which can transform the look and feel of the […] Continue Reading…

Benefits of RIA over HTML

Posted by Charles | February 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

Let’s go to some basic. Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) are now being used everywhere. They are easy to use and Web users love the richer experience and greater functionality that is possible now. RIAs are gradually replacing HTML applications with every passing day. Let us take a look at how they compare. HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, is used for Web page creation and embossing text-based data in a document through a series of tags. In other words, it determines the look and feel of a document and includes embedded scripting language code, influencing Web browsers and also […] Continue Reading…

User Interface Design based on RIA

Posted by Charles | February 11, 2008 | Comment

Web applications which have the functionality and features of conventional desktop applications are known as Rich Internet Applications or RIAs. RIAs like Ajax and Flex are now being used to provide a number of enhancements to User Interface design; adding more sophistication and giving user interactivity an entirely new meaning. RIA contribution to User Interface Design – Enhancement in User Interface Responsiveness – With the help of Rich Internet Applications, server and client computers can communicate without the necessity of any page refresh. In this manner, within just a single screen, Web applications can support a variety of […] Continue Reading…

10 + Spell Check Components for RIA Applications

Posted by Charles | February 8, 2008 | 2 Comments

If you write, you need check spelling, If you write a software allows writing, you need a spell checker, period. Specifically, if you write a RIA software using Flash, Flex or AIR, you really want to take a good look at the following spell checker components: Spelling Plus Library (SPL) (view example) (code) This is a commercial product. Very extensive and complete check-as-you-type solution. works with Flash CS3, Flex 2 (AS3 and MXML), and AIR. It claims can check over 35,000 words per second without highlighting, 25,000 words per second with highlighting. I bet you can’t type that fast. […] Continue Reading…


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