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. In fact, basically everything started here. Almost all of the various connections I've made over the past couple of years are as a result of this blog. It's given me an unprecedented level of access to all of the smartest people in the RIA world. And it's been a crazy ride. We've seen RIA go from something of a niche to a core part of the web. Almost every company has come up with some kind of RIA story including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Sun, and of course Adobe. The mindshare and ecosystem of RIAs has never been stronger and more diverse.
And that's part of the reason why I'm giving up the blog. As RIAs have hit the main stream smaller niches have developed within the RIA space and the major technologies are being covered by the prominent bloggers and press. That's been great for more coverage of RIAs and it also means that I'm busier than ever with my day job for Adobe. I haven't had time in the past couple of months to do the blog justice and I hope RIAs get even bigger taking up more and more time.
I want to say thanks to all of you who made my particular road possible while I've had this blog. Thanks for the comments, the information, the support, the criticisms, and the demos you've given me. You'll be able to find me on my personal blog, DigitalBackcountry (it'll be generally Adobe-centric) and if you want to hear my take on RIAs you can catch me on RIA Weekly every week. I may also be popping up on BTL every once in a while.
To get your RIA fix I suggest Mary Jo Foley for Microsoft and Ed Burnette for JavaFX on the ZDNet side. Tim Anderson probably does the best job of covering all of the technologies together. My RIA Weekly co-host, Coté, has a great slant on things. Jeffrey Hammond is a fantastic analyst who knows the ins and outs of the RIA business. With those links you should be covered on all things RIA.
Thanks again for everything.