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Google Charting API Released

Posted by Charles | December 8, 2007 | Comment

Charting is one of most used feature among RIA technologies. Google, as a data-indexing sponge, just released it’s HTTP request based charting API, which will absorb charting data into its data centers. It’s very simple API to use, and it doesn’t require app key. Here is an example:×100&chl=Hello|World This URL will give you a chart like this: Is that neat? Currently supported are line, bar, and pie charts, as well as venn diagrams and scatter plots. You can also add things like fill gradients and markers to charts. As usual, there is a […] Continue Reading…

Put Christmas on Rails 2.0

Posted by Charles | December 7, 2007 | Comment

What a surprise! The Ruby on Rails gang pulled it off and released Rails 2.0, right before Christmas. There are tons of changes and enhancement. Something worth noticing, such as Rails 2.0 clearly picked the side over SOAP vs REST. It removed the ActionWebService to be a gem. Rails on REST only now. Can’t wait to see the Flex on Rails guys work out some wonders with rails 2.0. If you are rails person, you’ve got a reason to chain yourself to your computer during the Christmas vacation.

Flex Colorful Beads Just for Fun

Posted by Charles | December 7, 2007 | 1 Comment

I have been talking about tech fighting, racing and growing business around RIA. But it’s holiday season, we should all lighten up and enjoy the rest of 2007. And, having some good old activities called..urh…um…fun. Is that RIA all about? At least Tom Van den Eynde agrees with me. He sent in a fun Flex application, Beadsview, from the submit form. I just love it. What Beadsview does is simple from UI. It reassembles a image using colorful beads. There are list of images you can play with, or upload you own ones. There are some slider bars […] Continue Reading…

Is Facebook on Rails?

Posted by Charles | December 6, 2007 | 2 Comments

Tried to tag a friend and kept getting the error. Um…looks like Facebook is on Ruby on Rails now. All we knew was Facebook is a PHP shop.

Twitter is Down

Posted by Charles | December 6, 2007 | Comment

It’s is, at this moment.

Simply Another Word Processor – a Funny One

Posted by Charles | December 6, 2007 | 1 Comment

Yesterday I posted my observation on the Office Suite race where quite a few serious players jammed and fingering each other, or getting on each other’s face. I guess not everyone wants just be watching the fight. Now, ladies and gentlemen, let me present you Word Perhect, the new Flash based kid in the block. This Kido will lighten up your writing experience, render you useless features that totally anti-productivity, fill your idle time between two blocks of messy code, prolong your lasting lunch break and what it’s worth will be a few relaxed laugh. You will know what […] Continue Reading…

Flash Office Startup Steps on Microsoft’s Face

Posted by Charles | December 5, 2007 | Comment

The most successful and lucrative software in history is Microsoft Office Suite, no doubt. That’s why lately people have been challenging it from different directions, such as Sun’s open source Star Office, Google’s Google Doc, Zoho’s Office Suite and Adobe’s BuzzWord. Varies of RIA technologies have been thrown around to create bigger dents, from Java(Sar Office), JavaScript/AJAX(Google Doc, Zoho) to Flex (Buzzword). When you thought you can sit back and watch the fight unfolding, another player jumped right in. This time is Live Documents, a Flash/Flex and maybe AIR based office suite developed by an India company nstaColl. They […] Continue Reading…

JavaScript catching up in RIA Race

Posted by Charles | December 4, 2007 | 3 Comments

I’m amazed by what JavaScript can do these days. The more I look into it, the clear the pattern showing up. In the RIA race, JavaScript is really catching up. I know people will argue that JavaScript (AJAX) was in the lead the first place. However…well…let put that argument aside. Here is another example of interactive DOM scripting, which can easily fool you as a Flash too. I think the reasons that JavaScript posts bigger threat to visible RIA technology providers like Adobe but in the mean while it has been discounted are: JavaScript has no owner I know […] Continue Reading…

Is Adobe Flash Lite 3 too Late?

Posted by Charles | December 3, 2007 | Comment

It’s no doubt that Google’s Android gives much needed catalyst to the mobile space. I’s not surprised also to see players in mobile, hardware or software, are accelerating development, releasing and marketing efforts. Adobe is evidently very busy in its Flash Lite this year and now released the new Flash Lite 3 developer edition. It hasn’t  been a lot talks about RIA on mobile, but it’s about time, while 3G is proliferating outside of US and players in the US are starting kicking off of it and talking about 4G. There are three wars going on at mobile […] Continue Reading…


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