Yesterday Sprout (my previous writeup), the company that lets you build Flash widgets right inside the browser, launched an SDK that will let 3rd parties take advantage of the service for their own offerings. The company used the SDK to create components for Twitter and Seesmic that can be dropped into any Sprout the end user creates.
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I'm going to be heading down to Web 2.0 Expo tomorrow and in looking at the schedule I'm really excited about the presence and sponsorships of several important RIA companies.
There's a long and mostly good article about various RIA technologies over at eWeek. I say mostly good because the author, Jim Rapoza, gives a pretty unbiased view of a lot of technologies.
Update: Couple of corrections/clarifications. The Move's total funding is $67.
Microsoft has its own kind of DRM in Silverlight which is based on the DRM found in Windows Media but it sounds like they're also working with Widevine to Silverlight-enable their Cypher service which also works with Flash and the On2 codec.In general, I don't think this is a huge deal, but it is interesting.
TechCrunch has the scoop on the launch of AlertThingy, an Ajax-based desktop client built on Adobe AIR for tracking FriendFeed. I haven't bought totally into the FriendFeed thing yet, but the application is really clean and may make it easy for me to track what people are doing on the service.
Curl announced yesterday that they're joining the Eclipse foundation and that they'll be releasing a series of Eclipse plugins to support Curl development while phasing out the current tools. It's a great move for Curl and a win for Eclipse which continues to expand its reach in the developer community and especially the rich Internet application community.
We announced the release of the Adobe Media Player (AMP) today which is both a push to provide content to end users as well as create a platform for monetizing and tracking online video. AMP is built on Adobe AIR so it allows you to take video content offline and also becomes the default player for FLVs so you can watch any FLV file you have inside of AMP.
On Friday Mary Jo Foley posted about a Microsoft blogger who had given a semi-detailed roadmap for the release of Silverlight 2. According to Ashish, the timetable is as follows:We are targeting late SummerHere is a rough timeline:Silverlight 2.
I've been really bad about keeping up with the news lately because we're in Europe with the on AIR tour but during our RIA Weekly podcast, Coté mentioned an article by Paul Krill which indicated that JavaFX is going to be releasing a preview version at the Java One conference in May.If we really do get to see a version of JavaFX, it could be a big deal.