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Archive for 'August 2007'

    Public Library Rolls Out RIA

    For those of you keeping tabs on new rich internet applications, an interesting one just went live last week here in Canada. Okay, we may be a bit biased as we were the ones that developed it. The project, done in conjunction with Willings Multimedia, is an online newspaper archive for the Terrace Public Library in northern British Columbia. Through the application, library patrons can now access the library’s immense collection of digitized newspapers from the comfort of their own homes. Patrons can conduct searches, view results and even read complete articles online through an integrated document viewer. 

    Try it out for yourself at: http://www.terracelibrary.ca/. Just click on the “Newspaper Archive” link in the middle of the page and start searching.

    Make it Rich

    There’s an interesting article that popped up this week on eWeek.com about the 5 Steps to Next Generation Web Applications. Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst at eWEEK talks about how the key to building a successful web application today lies in embracing what the web is becoming, a next generation operating system. Amongst Jim’s recommendations for success are embracing rich applications, keeping applications open through the use of SOA and web services, and supporting offline environments through integration of technologies like Adobe AIR.

    It’s like you’re reading our minds Jim. Great advice.

    New Flex Magazine Launched

    There’s a new magazine about to hit the racks. Late last week, Sys-Con Media announced the launch of Flex Developer Journal, the first and only independent magazine serving Adobe Flex developers. Yakov Fain, a noted RIA and Java expert and the co-author of the best-selling book Adobe Flex & Java, was named editor-in-chief of the publication.

    Flex Developer Journal will cover all the technologies around the Adobe Engagement Platform, including AIR, Flex, Studio, Creative Suite, Contribute, Acrobat, LiveCycle, CF, and Flash Lite. It should be an interesting read.

    Bring on the HD Video

    Adobe announced today a new update to Flash Player 9 that will allow it to support full HD video. Flash Player 9 Update 3 , available later today, will support 480p, 720p and 1080p content encoded with either On2 or H.264. This new update will also support MPEG-4 standard container files that contain video and audio data encoded using H.264/HE-AAC, including MP4, M4V, M4A, MOV, Mp4v, 3gp, 3g2. This is an interesting play from Adobe and it provides a good alternative for developers that were looking toward Silverlight for better video support.

    RIA-zation of Office Tools

    In a recent article entitled Tipping the Microsoft Cash Cow Could Be Adobe's Next Move, Wired speculates that Adobe may be soon getting into the office productivity tools market.

    It may sound ludicrous to attack such a well-established Microsoft stronghold, but the market is in fact wide open, waiting for someone credible to make a move. Ideally, this move needs to come from someone with more muscle and a better chance to stand behind its technology in the long run than a small visionary startup could.

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    Further Commoditization of the Metal and Appreciation of the Mental

    This week, Sun Microsystems announced that the most powerful CPU they've ever designed (89.6 Ghz of parallel computing on a single chip) will be released as an open-source technology under GPL (General Public License). Still this week, Lenovo announced that they will begin selling IBM Thinkpads with Linux pre-installed and fully supported by them. Dell had started selling Linux-based PCs earlier this year.

    This basically tells us that what's under the hood (hardware, operating system and other "enabling software", a.k.a. the Metal) is becoming commodity.

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