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There are cool software tools and there are practical tools. People who make their living by developing enterprise Web applications are very careful in selecting the language or technology for their needs. There is a huge difference in requirements for developing an application like Google maps and the enterprise-grade high availability business applications. Anatole Tartakovsky of Farata Systems (pictured) is one of these programmers who know pretty much everything. He lives and breathes programming. If he does not know the answer to your problem today, he’ll know it tomorrow. Flex Developer's Journal have asked Anatole some tough questions that concern most of the enterprise developers who are considering Adobe Flex 2 as a tool for their next Web application. Q. How hard is it for typical Java EE developer with Struts and DAO skills to add Flex to their skill set?... (more)

JBoss Uses Adobe Flex to Build New Web-Based Mail Client

The JBoss Mail Server (JBMS) has been recently re-branded for its upcoming 1.0 release as "JBoss Collaboration Server." The web-based mail client component of the whole collaboration server package, says JBoss's Andy Oliver, is "spellbinding." The JBMS team used Adobe Flex 2.0. James Ward, a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe, notes that the Flex 2.0 SDK is free to develop with and deploy:  and that Flex's source is open. "Flex & Flash are greatly influenced by Customer Advisory Boards and private & public beta groups," Ward explains. "Although it's not as formal as the JCP, i... (more)

Adobe AIR, Google Gears, Slingshot... The Fat Client Is Back!

The need to support off-line capabilities has driven some RIA providers back to the fat client platform. For example, Adobe AIR, Google Gears, and Slingshot are all examples of this trend. The fat client offers a lot of advantages over RIA technologies such as AJAX, but there are also some serious drawbacks. Is history repeating itself? Will the surge of interest in fat clients be disruptive to the Web and RIA technologies? This presentation will examine those possibilities and provide advice on when, if ever, developers should use Fat Client technology. Speaker Bio: Over 14 year... (more)

Freely Available "SizeableTitleWindow" With Adobe's ColdFusion/Flex Connectivity

Freely Available "SizeableTitleWindow" With Adobe's ColdFusion/Flex Connectivity In playing around with the ColdFusion/Flex wizards, I found that Adobe includes a really nice resizeable closeable window.  When I get more time, I'll integrate this with my MaximizeRestorePanel class. package com.adobe.ColdFusion.components {  import mx.containers.TitleWindow;  import mx.managers.CursorManager;  import mx.managers.ISystemManager;  import mx.controls.Alert;  import mx.logging.Log;  import mx.utils.ObjectUtil;  import mx.controls.Button;  import flash.events.MouseEvent;  import flash.events.... (more)

Flash Player Will Remain the Best Deployment Platform for RIAs

In our annual round-up of technology predictions, Yakov Fain - editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's Flex Developer's Journal - says "Flash Player will remain the best deployment platform for rich Internet applications. While Microsoft is trying to come up with a competitive delivering platform for RIA, it’s not going to happen in 2008. Silverlight 1.0 is a good start, the next version (1.1) will be even better, but it’ll take time to release a product that can do more than streaming multimedia." Yakov Fain is a managing principal of Farata Systems, consulting, training and pr... (more)