Wal-Mart uses OpenLaszlo for their store, Brightcove jumps into free video sharing, a different take on Rich Internet Applications, the Oracle and Adobe partnership, try Flex in your browser, and a lengthly list of WPF blogs.
The Universal Desktop
The technology and business implications of the next generation of software, rich Internet applications.
Ryan Stewart holds an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Rich Internet Application developer and industry analyst. After graduating from Penn, he spent two years developing applications for the Wharton School and pushing the idea of the web as a platform for learning. Ryan now lives in Seattle with his wife and works as a developer for WorldClass Strategy while running his own consulting company, helping clients build and architect Rich Internet Applications. </p>
Liz Gannes' posted about Adobe's new initiatives and her skepticism of the ability to monetize them. Adobe's model is very different from Microsoft, but that doesn't mean it won't be as successful. The battle shaping up is over developers and designers, and Adobe holds those people close to their hearts.
Making sure that designers and developers can work together to build great experiences is becoming more and more important. At Adobe's MAX conference, we are getting a glimpse of how the Macromedia and Adobe tools are combining and working together. The potential that these new tools show is going to change the designer and developer workflows for the better.
One of the things that makes Apollo such an intriguing technology is that it supports both Flash and HTML based applications. This means that Ajax developers can port their current applications over to Apollo without having to do anything with Flash.
With the floodgates starting to open on Adobe's Apollo project and an interesting discussion of Om Malik's Business 2.0 article on the future of free web applications, I think it's important to talk about the two branches of Rich Internet Applications and what makes each one important.
I just got out of the Adobe MAX keynote where Kevin Lynch announced some big news for the company. The biggest announcement by far was the news that Adobe will be creating a $100,000,000 venture fund that will be available to innovative companies using Adobe technology.
I wrote recently about the New York Times Reader and how I thought it was one of the best examples of Rich Internet Applications out there. Luckily, I don't think I was the only one impressed with the New York Times Reader because Adobe has announced a similar, if more broad initiative in their new Adobe Digital Editions application.
Web 2.0 applications can provide a lot of value for mobile users, in fact some of the best Web 2.0 applications would be better if they were on mobile devices. But by constraining yourself to the browser, you make it harder to expand your application to devices. Rich Internet Applications have already solved this problem, and nearly every RIA solution makes it easy to build a mobile presence.
Adobe aquires some video technology, RIAForge for your open source RIA projects, What is .NET 3.0 and a look at the Windows Vista UI.
Just got word from Mike that the Flash Player 9 beta is now available on Adobe Labs.Update: I just saw that Tinic Uro has a great post about the release.
The team at Nitobi has released a great example of the Flex 2 Charting components working with their Ajax Grid that shows off what is possible when you combine Flex and Ajax.
Creating desktop SWF applications with Janus, a Flash Video FAQ, Java on Vista and mobile video.
I review the New York Times Reader, one of the first killer-apps for Windows Presentation Foundation.
Ted Patrick on Web 2.0, Adobe's COO talks Apollo and some cool Windows Presentation Foundation examples.
So Robert is talking about "the designer/developer deathmatch" (notice I switched the order) and the fact that Microsoft and Adobe are on a crash course towards each other. John Dowdell isn't convinced, but I think Scoble's absolutely right on this one.