This will be my last post on ZDNet. Blogging here has been one of the most fun things I've been able to do in my career.
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>
The news is a pretty depressing place right now but there was a small article in the Economist about how the Fashion industry is responding to the downturn that caught my eye. Towards the end of the article the Economist mentioned how designers are looking for ways to leverage digital distribution:One firm, Halston, recently released its autumn collection through a music video.
One of my favorite RIA events is 360|Flex. The organizers, Tom Ortega, and John Wilker, do a great job of getting the community excited and putting on an event with great technical content and great networking opportunities.
I've been really enjoying Richard Monson-Haefel's blog on multi touch lately. Now that RIA technologies are able to do so much, it's become apparent that the mouse and keyboard are simply too limiting as input devices.
Marshall has the news up that Sprout Builder will no longer be offering free accounts. Sprout Builder is one of my favorite applications on the net and I always thought what they were doing for the Flash Platform was good.
This morning Brightcove made an announcement that they're adding a few new faces. A couple of those faces will be familiar to anyone who has been involved in the RIA world for the past couple of years.
2008 was a big year for rich Internet applications. We saw companies like Curl and Appcelerator make big pushes into the RIA mindshare.
Yesterday Google announced an early developer release of Native Client, a plugin for web browsers that lets you essentially run native code like C or C++ in the browser. In theory it could be extended to other languages.
There's a pretty good article in Advertising Age about the benefits of widgets and the fact that not a lot of people are using it. AdAge says that "entire segment" will amount to around $100 million.
A couple of days ago Google released a video chat plugin for Gmail. With Google, it's always a little hard to figure out where all of the pieces fit - that's why there are entire blogs dedicated to the company - but in this case, I think this seemingly innocuous Gmail feature hints at something bigger.
This is a bit old, but I haven't had time to dig in and play with the public version of Aviary until recently. After a long beta period they've officially taken the wraps off of Phoenix, their bitmap editing tool and consolidated everything under the aviary.
Josh Holmes has posted a set of slides and detailed explanation for a talk he and James Ward did about architecting rich Internet applications. The post and the slides are well worth a read.
One of the most impressive Flex-based applications out there, SlideRocket, is now open for anyone to go and sign up. (Screenshot Gallery) They've been doing a private beta for the past few months but they launch today with some new features and a business model.
Andy Plesser has the scoop that the New York Times has launched a new HD video portal using Brightcove's service, something I've covered recently. With news that the New York Times is in trouble, this couldn't come at a better time.
It turns out the iPhone is pretty damn popular. Those of us following the digeratiy scene could probably have told the analysts that but even these numbers are impressive.