Guy Smith, a blogger for sandhill.com doesn't think Adobe can market Apollo. It's an example of the task ahead for Adobe as they push a platform that no one has really tried before.
The Universal Desktop
The technology and business implications of the next generation of software, rich Internet applications.
Flash CS3 is just around the corner and I've got 5 things in the new version that are going to make developers and designers very happy. I've also got a bunch of screenshots from the new version including a few exclusive shots of the new features.
Paul Graham lays into web applications as part of the reason Microsoft is "dead". During a discussion about that article, someone mentioned to me that they agreed, and they would never build desktop applications again except in Apollo because Apollo made it easy. So now that desktop applications are becoming easier to build, are we in for a "desktop renaissance"? I say yes.
News of the Dx3 conference has finally been announced. It's a bummer for anyone who's interested in Rich Internet Applications, but inside, I talk about some of the reasons I think it couldn't go this year, and why in the near future, an RIA-industry conference will happen and be successful.
Rich Internet Applications span all kinds of software deployment models. I had a fun conversation with Ted Leung tonight and he made me realize that one of the huge selling points behind real RIA technologies is that they enable *actual* applications in a browser. Ajax just doesn't cut it, which is why the RIA evolution is so important.
Knowledge@Wharton published an interview with Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's Chief Architect. In the interview, he talks about Adobe, Flash, and how Microsoft plans to handle issues of cross-platform. It puts into perspective a lot of things on the Microsoft side of Rich Internet Applications.
Flex.org, the developer portal for Flex, has been totally redesigned in an attempt to make it easier to use and more accessible for developers. They've included some great community features as well as links for developers from other languages to see what Flex has to offer.
Microsoft announced today that two programs from Expression Studio, Web and Blend, will be available to MSDN premium subscribers. It means that the already strong Microsoft developer community now has tools to give their designers for building good experiences without having to pay extra.
As Rich Internet Applications become more prominent and we have more ways to deliver them, we should start thinking about reasons to choose one over the other. Right now, there's a bit of a battle between the desktop and the web, but there shouldn't be. There are reasons to deploy browser applications and reasons to deploy desktop applications. I've listed 5 of each, so feel free to jump in and talk about more.
With so much media push during the CS3 release this week, it may have been easy to miss the announcement for Adobe's Device Central, an application and social community aimed at making the process for mobile development smoother. Developing mobile applications has been traditionally very difficult. Working with the variety of handsets and screen sizes posed challenges from both a user interface perspective as well as a development perspective when dealing with devices of different computing power.