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I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)

Learning Tree Announces Latest Addition to Adobe Curriculum

Learning Tree International (NASDAQ NM:LTRE) has added a new course to its Adobe products-related curriculum entitled Adobe Flash: Developing Interactive Web Content. Over four days, an expert instructor will lead attendees through extensive hands-on exercises designed to provide in-depth experience creating and delivering Flash applications. Learning Tree will begin presenting Adobe Flash: Developing Interactive Web Content in the U.S. in April 2009 and in Canada and London, England in July 2009. The current schedule includes: New York, NY – April 7-10, 2009 Washington, DC (Rockville, MD) – May 5-8, 2009 Toronto, ON – July 7-10, 2009 London, England – July 21-24, 2009 For further information and the latest course dates and locations, call 1-800-THE-TREE (1-800-843-8733) or visit http://www.learningtree.com Participants will also learn how to: Build and deploy cross-... (more)

Fig Leaf Software to Exhibit at Government IT Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Fig Leaf Software, a full service Web design, development and training company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), which will take place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Fig Leaf Software is a premier, full service Value Added Reseller, Web design, development and training company. For over 17 years, Fig Leaf has helped organizations overcome business challenges through the expert implementation of technology and award-winning design. Fig Leaf Software’s federal government customers include the US Senate, National Park Service (480 content managed web sites), the Voice of America (45 content managed foreign language web sites), the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps... (more)

Using the Adobe Flex Toolkit for Salesforce.com

In April 2007 Adobe and Salesforce.com announced the availability of the Flex toolkit for Apex, Salesforce.com's on-demand programming language and API for interaction with their hosted CRM solution. This toolkit makes it simple to build Flex applications that interact with your Salesforce.com database. The benefits of using Flex are numerous: create far more effective and efficient dashboards for your sales team, build "mashup" user interfaces that bring data together from Salesforce and your enterprise systems, and improve the overall usability of Salesforce.com with tools you're already comfortable with. The API itself is rather simple. Using the toolkit you can execute query operations (create, update, delete), run full-text searches, pull back metadata on your Salesforce environment (tabs, controls, layout information), send e-mail messages, and work with the w... (more)

AJAX, RIA, Rich Web Technologies and iPhone Developer Summit Call for Papers Deadline January 25, 2008

Submit Your Speaking Proposal It is a great time to be a front-end engineer! But is it easy yet to make Rich Internet Applications that easily go offline? Are developers better off using an RIA framework, a toolkit or just coding their own AJAX/JavaScript? Will JavaScript 2.0 be a success, or a dud? How can RIA apps be made secure? When will AJAX and RIA development finally be easy? Submissions on these and dozens of other topics have already begun streaming in to AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2008 East, being held in New York City on March 18-20, 2008. The Call for Papers is as always a 100% online process, found here. You will find details of tracks at that link too.   iPhone Developer Summit will debut this year, colocated with AJAXWorld and it will be chaired by Kevin Hoffman editor-in-chief of iPhone Developer's Journal. (Remember to select iPhone Track in the pull-d... (more)

Three RIA Platforms Compared: Adobe Flex, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenLaszlo

Kevin Whinnery's 2.0 A Go-Go Blog The defining characteristic of any RIA is that it has a stateful client that is (or should be) platform and browser independent. With the advent of new RIA platforms like Flex, GWT, and OpenLaszlo, developers now have all the reach of a traditional thin-client web application with many of the useful characteristics of thick-client applications, such as the ability to maintain state on the client. Is there a clear winner of the three, one toolkit that developers should focus on at the expense of the others? I don’t really think so. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. Here  I thought I would dedicate a little web space to throwing in my two cents about what I think those strengths and weaknesses are. Is there a clear winner of the three, one toolkit that developers should focus on at the expense of the others? I don&rsq... (more)

Kevin Lynch's Passion for RIAs Secures Promotion to CTO of Adobe

Kevin Lynch's passion for Rich Internet Applications has won him promotion to CTO of Adobe, from SVP & Chief Software Architect. Adobe's CEO announced the promotion this week, saying: "Kevin’s insights and passion for rich Internet applications, and what they signify for the future of software across operating systems and devices, will help enable the next generation of innovation for our customers.” Lynch, who in 2006 gave an exclusive interview on SYS-CON.TV, in which he outlined his "Beyond the Browser" vision for Rich Internet Applications, joined Adobe as part of the company’s 2005 acquisition of Macromedia. As Adobe’s senior vice president and chief software architect, he has led the Platform Business Unit, which is focused on advancing the company’s software platform for the creation and delivery of engaging applications and content to any desktop or device. ... (more)

Roundarch to Exhibit at SYS-CON's AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo

Roundarch is a provider of user-centric Web design and technology services specializing in the synergy between user experience and application development to solve complex issues for large organizations. Clients include Fortune 500 companies and government agencies such as Motorola, The Hershey Company, Avis, A&E Networks and the United States Air Force. Founded in 2000, Roundarch has offices in New York, Chicago and Boston. For more information please visit www.roundarch.com. Register for AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Submit Your Paper to Present a Session Sponsor AJAXWorld Conference & Expo ... (more)

AJAX World Expo to Take Place Monday Through Wednesday in San Jose, CA

View Full Conference Schedule Here On Monday October 20 in San Jose, California, the top Rich Internet Applications event of the Fall opens its doors: the 6th International AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo, with top industry keynotes from Microsoft's Silverlight supremo Scott Guthrie and Adobe's Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Lynch, headlining a lineup of speakers that includes some of the finest front end engineers, UI experts, user experience specialists, and software industry innovators anywhere in the world. There will be a Full Expo Floor for two of the event's three days Delegates to the 6th International AJAXWorld will be able to join Guthrie as he discusses how Microsoft is contributing to help move the Web forward via a commitment to standards development and Rich Internet Applications - and learn from him how Silverlight, AJAX and media all enable a whole n... (more)

Adobe Enters Cloud Computing with LiveCycle

"By embracing Amazon Web Services to power this offering, Adobe combines its comprehensive enterprise solution with a cloud environment that knocks down barriers to productivity for enterprise developers worldwide,” said Kumar Vora (pictured), vice president and general manager for LiveCycle at Adobe, as the company recently announced the availability of Adobe LiveCycle ES Developer Express software - a full version of Adobe LiveCycle ES hosted in the Amazon Web Services cloud computing environment. “Adobe continues to push the boundaries when supporting its enterprise developer community,” said Adam Selipsky, vice president of product management and developer relations for Amazon Web Services. "We are excited to see Adobe extend to its customers the vast potential for unlocking productivity by providing access to enterprise-scale environments in the cloud by offer... (more)

The Future of . . .

I've been reading "The Future of Management" by Gary Hamel lately. I have a staff of nine developers and, while I believe I'm a pretty good manager, I also believe there is always room for improvement. So I try to keep my eyes and ears open for ways to improve, and reading this book among others is one attempt to do so. One particular concept I found intriguing did involve evolution. He referenced the work of Stuart Kauffman in his book "At Home in the Universe: The Search For Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity." Kauffman describes a "fitness landscape" that includes a mountain range with a number of peaks, each representing higher levels of evolution. A species starts out in a deep valley, but as it wanders it moves up one of the peaks. As it does so, however, the amount of land above it diminishes while the amount of land below it increases. That is, as the... (more)