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[This prescient article first appeared on SYS-CON.com nearly 12 months ago.] We are entering an era of Rich Internet Applications (RIA),  and many enterprise development managers are facing the dilemma - which way to go - remain with  tried and true Java or .Net technologies or less known yet AJAX, Flex, OpenLaszlo or a number of other vendors.  This article is an attempt to give a brief overview of what's out there on the RIA market. Historically there have been major shifts in the software industry. We moved from mainframes with dumb terminals to client/server. Users gained in convenience and productivity, and mainframe systems were patronizingly labeled as legacy. With the availability of the World Wide Web industry visionaries turned the tables: vendors and corporate IT had been eager to get rid of the complexity of client/server version management and technologist... (more)

Picking the Right Technology for Enterprise Rich Internet Applications

We are entering an era of Rich Internet Applications (RIA), and many enterprise development managers are facing the dilemma - which way to go - remain with tried and true Java or .Net or experiment with such newcomers as AJAX, Flex, Silverlight, or JavaFX. While Internet brings a lot of noise where "it's cool" is the most popular definition, this presentation is an overview of what's out there on the enterprise RIA market. We'll talk about pros and cons of using various techniques and technologies for development of the front end for complex distributed systems. Speaker Bio: Yak... (more)

Clear Toolkit Framework for Adobe Flex Goes Open Source

Farata Systems, a world leader in the RIA space  has open sourced their Clear Toolkit framework for developing enterprise Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex and Java.  The latest builds and the  source code of Clear Toolkit 3.1 are located at  http://sourceforge.net/projects/cleartoolkit/ . The current documentation, demos, user forums, and bug trackers are also there. Clear Toolkit 3.1 includes the following Eclipse plugins and components: Clear Data Builder 3.1 is an Eclipse plugin that allows to generate CRUD applications for BlazeDS or LCDS based on either an SQL statem... (more)

Apple and Emotional Discussions Around Adobe Flash Player

The recent announcement of iPad has ignited yet another wave of emotional discussions around the role of Flash Player in the evolution of mankind.  People easily take sides and everyone seems to know what’s right and what’s wrong.  Actually the word ‘’people” is too vague in this context, because vast majority of the population has no idea what Flash Player is, and they don’t have to know!  As long as they go to youtube and it plays videos people are happy and casually say, “Youtube is a great site!”   On the same note, I have no idea how my car operates. Back in my school days... (more)

Hacking or Design Patterns?

Earlier this year, in an interview for Oracle, I made a statement defending hacking. Yesterday, I found a thread on theserverside.com where java developers were sharing their view on the subject. In this blog I’ll take the same two quotes that ignited some arguments and will try to explain my point of view. 1. "Recently, I've been running a seminar for a small group of Java developers. Several times they've asked me, 'Is this code an example of MVC pattern?' I got the impression that implementing MVC had become an end in itself. Using Design Patterns is not a dogma. Just write t... (more)

Working with Large Applications

In this excerpt from our book, Rich Internet Applications, we'll cover how to set up large applications intended for Web or, more broadly speaking, distributed deployment. As an example let's consider an enterprise application that consists of hundreds of screens, reports, forms, and dashboards. Accordingly, about a dozen engineers specializing in GUIs, frameworks, data layers, and business domains are working on this application in parallel. Every application "run" in Flex Builder as well as the invocation of the application's MXML file processed by the Web-tier Flex compiler r... (more)