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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)

[video] @KevLindsay Keynote | @ThingsExpo @AdobeTarget @24Notion #IoT

View General Session ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here View General Session ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here Personalization in the Age of IoT More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables - activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what "IoT" means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. View General Session ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart's sake," and many brands remain in that corner. But many brands are also gradually opting for more strategic approaches. They're taking a breath and stepping back to examine bo... (more)

Building an iPhone Application with Adobe AIR

A study of the iPhone UI and rebuilding it in AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) using Adobe Flex 3. AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) is a cross-operating system runtime that allows developers to use their existing web development skills to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications to the desktop. With the WebControl component in AIR which is powered by WebKit it will allow you to build and test iPhone Applications. Also, I will be showing a component that will give the ability to make and receive calls, record/send and receive voicemail, as well as add and manage contacts. Speaker Bio: Flex developer, information architect, roller hockey goaltender. Joe Johnston has worked with Flash and other interactive tools for over ten years, starting his career at Crowe/Horwath. AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West will take place on September 23-26, 2007, at the Santa Clara Con... (more)

An A to Z for the RIA Era

From AIR to ZK, this is an alphabetical round-up of the fast moving-world of application development tools and frameworks spawned ever since the appearance of Google Maps, the canonical early RIA. The list includes AIR, Appcelerator, ATF, Curl, Dojo, Echo, Eclipse RCP, Ext JS, Flex, Grails, GWT, JavaFX, Kabuki, Nexaweb Enterprise Web 2.0 platform, Novulu, OpenLaszlo, Prototype, Rico, Ruby on Rails, Seam, Silverlight, ThinWire, TIBCO GI, ULC, WaveMaker, Yahoo! User Interface Library, Zend Framework, and ZK. Editorial note: The words used to describe the various solutions are in every case taken from the sites cited, so as ever we encourage developers in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the tool in question for themselves. Omissions should be sent to ria (at) sys-con.com, and we will endeavor to include them in a future revision of t... (more)

Bringing Excellence to the Field of UI Engineering

"My mission has always been to bring excellence to the field of user interface engineering," says Bill Scott, Director of User Interface Engineering at Netflix, which has 8+ million users, in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to his session on October 20 at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in San Jose, California (October 20-22, 2008). AJAX & RIA Journal: When asked to prove to doubters that user experience matters, also to the bottom line of a company…what companies (in addition to Netflix!) do you tend to reference? BILL SCOTT: I love Pandora. Pandora is dead simple. You pick a song or artist and immediately a radio station is built for you. The player is easy to use, easy to rate songs and does a great job of integrating advertising into the player space. The Pandora player and its companion iPhone application demonstrate the pow... (more)

Get Adobe Flex Builder 3 Free If You Are Unemployed

Adobe has re-opened the "Adobe Flex Builder 3 for unemployed developers" program. It means that "Adobe Flex Builder 3" software is currently available for free, while supplies last, for software developers who are affected by the current economic condition and are currently unemployed. Read the program eligibility and don't miss this occasion: To receive the product under this program, you must attest to the fact that you are currently unemployed and acknowledge that the software will be used only for your personal use not for any production or commercial purposes. Read more on Adobe Flex Builder 3 for unemployed developers page. ... (more)

Adobe Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2009 Results

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) on Tuesday reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Nov. 27, 2009. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, Adobe achieved revenue of $757.3 million, compared to $915.3 million reported for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 and $697.5 million reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Fourth quarter fiscal 2009 results include the impact of the Company's acquisition of Omniture, Inc. "We experienced an improvement in customer demand for our products in Q4," said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe. "We believe the investments we have made in the past year, and the new products we will deliver in the coming year, will drive top line growth as the economy improves." Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2009 GAAP Results Included in Adobe’s fourth quarter results was revenue of $26.3 million as a result... (more)

Book Review: Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual

In the past I have had Photoshop loaded on my computer, but I rarely used it unless it was to use the autocorrection features. Each year I have a ton of vacation pictures to clean up every year and since I am a programmer I have the occasional need to create graphics. 85% of the time I used a less complex tool like Paint.net. I' say for the past 2 to 3 years my wife has started making photo albums using online services. She now has the need to do more with the photos than we have in the past. We have been using one software to clean up the images, and then using one of the online services to create the photo books. She also has started making custom cards. Photoshop Elements looked like it may handle all three needs. I have seen Photoshop Elements in the past, but never really took the time to learn about it. I got this book to see if it can handle our needs before I ... (more)

Scott McNealy's Top Ten Barbs vs. Microsoft

Even though in April 2004 he appointed Jonathan Schwartz president and COO, Sun supremo Scott McNealy has never quite managed to take a step backwards out of the limelight. Or even half a step for that matter. The blame for that lies squarely on McNealy's shoulders - or, rather, on his lips. Because no other CEO in the Valley has quite McNealy's gift for quips, put-downs, one-liners, and significant "quotable quotes." JDJ News Desk here brings a weekend round-up. "Sun Is Not Proprietary, Just As IBM Is Not Bankrupt" It was a year ago now that McNealy tore into a reporter as follows: "For 22 years, I've said name a technical specification at Sun that is not open, published or adopted by some or all of the computer industry. You can't. To call Sun proprietary is as big a lie as you could put in your newspaper. If I were to say IBM is bankrupt and you were to publish th... (more)

The Future of Rich Web Apps: Melding the Web and the Desktop

Experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have been considering the future of Web apps vs desktop apps. While they predict that any gap between web and desktop software will narrow in the future, one wild card is how well hybrid webtop/desktop applications will match the features of their desktop cousins. "Creating a cross-platform application that 'feels right' to individual users of Windows, Mac and Linux platforms is a tricky task," notes Kendall Whitehouse, senior director of information technology at Wharton, at one point in the discussion, recorded in detail at [email protected] web site. "But I'm sure the industry will get there. I have little doubt that this is where the future of software is headed." While Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton, believes that Google's model of always connected softw... (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)