Today at the Web 2.0 Expo, I sat in on a panel with Richard MacManus, Kelly Goto, Chris Messina and . They talked about the "hybrid designer" and touched on some points about the web and the richness that has really created the "hybrid" notion. In one bit, Chris said he was lamenting the fact that a lot of RIA technologies are taking away the "view source" and he got applause from the crowd.
View source had a huge impact on the web because it made easy to explore things. You could see something interesting and then instantly see how they did it which fostered a learning environment. As RIAs continue to evolve and expand, people will want to learn from them. Everyone understands that, which is why both Adobe and Microsoft have made it possible. We just need to get the word out.
sorry, the wifi here at web 2.0 expo is terrible, so links and pictures are hard to find.