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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)

AJAXWorld Keynote Speaker on the Risks and Rewards of RIAs

Anthony Franco's Blog On March 20 at AJAXWorld 2008 East, Anthony Franco, UX & UI Expert, President of Effective User Interface will be keynoting on RIA Adoption in 2008 – Risks, Rewards, Challenges and Opportunities. Last year, the overall demand for RIAs outpaced the qualified supply chain. This trend will continue in 2008. While last year brought unprecedented growth in RIA adoption— especially by Fortune 500 companies—RIA adoption in 2008 brings a new onslaught of risks, rewards, challenges, and opportunities for companies of all sizes. This year, companies facing both job growth and decline will need to continue to leverage innovative, usable RIAs to hone their competitive edge to outpace their competition and improve core business practices with fast, reliable, productivity-enhancing internal and external tools. However, building and deploying effective RIAs is... (more)

Next-Generation RIAs: Future Directions for Rich Internet Applications

Simon Whatley's Blog Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) are just the beginning. A key trend taking place throughout the Web industry is the urgency to integrate disparate systems and software tools to reduce costs, increase developer productivity, reduce the need for manual processing and intervention in transactions, and decrease time to market. To achieve these objectives, organizations have endorsed the adoption of standards-based systems (e.g. XML, Design Patterns, CSS, ECMAScript) combined with the migration to Web Services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). This has led to a requirement to create a consistent and intuitive interface to applications, data and services. The immediate goal of these efforts is to provide simpler, quicker and more efficient access and processing of information. Increasingly, Web applications are also offering customers applicati... (more)

My Homepage on the Brand-new Ulitzer Platform!

Today I've discovered my new home page on the brand-new Ulitzer platform: It's a new service (still in beta) that allows users to create their own magazine. Goggling on the net I found the following information about the service: Ulitzer will be launched in February with 1,000 new magazine and journal titles, authored by more than 6,000 rock star technology writers, and over 1 million original and copyrighted articles. Ulitzer titles will be published under the Creative Commons license. http://marcocasario.ulitzer.com Launching a magazine at Ulitzer.com, which is currently in pre-beta, is designed to be as easy as boiling an egg and doesn't take much longer. For details of how to become a Ulitzer user, please contact editorial (at) SYS-CON.com. Once you've been handed the keys, you will be able to associate your future Web presence to whichever Topic or Topics suit... (more)

Gorilla Logic Announces FlexMonkey for Adobe Flex

Adobe AIR on Ulitzer Gorilla Logic, firm known industry-wide for providing “gorilla” consultants that deliver a 10X productivity improvement over other options, today announced the release of FlexMonkey 1.0. FlexMonkey, an open source testing tool for optimizing automated and unit testing of Adobe Flex RIAs, is another example of Gorilla Logic’s commitment to assisting clients and the market in developing the highest-quality applications possible. ”Adobe Flex is the leading standard for enterprise RIA development. When developing Flex-based mission-critical systems for our clients, we needed a production-quality testing tool that would tightly integrate with Flex Builder and FlexUnit,” said Eric Owens, FlexMonkey Product Manager. “FlexMonkey 1.0 is the answer to that need: by automating our interface testing with record/playback functionality, we provide higher qual... (more)

Widget Wars: OpenSocial vs. OpenAjax vs. W3C Widgets

The popularity of widgets these days has brought to attention the need for interoperability, i.e. for widgets developed for one site or platform to be able to run in other sites and widgets developed by different people to be able to work with each other. So much so that I know of at least 3 somewhat competing specifications for widgets. There's the gadget portion of the OpenSocial specs which was adopted from the Google Gadgets work. Then there's OpenAjax which is more broadly focused on Ajax interoperability but has a lot of pieces geared towards widget interoperability. And finally there's the W3C's Widgets 1.0 Family of Specifications. Based on a preliminary analysis, the OpenAjax specs appear to be the most comprehensive for widget interoperability issues but OpenSocial seems to have gained more adoption. The W3C work appears to be moving very slowly (no surp... (more)

Know Your Flex Proxy

Flex framework includes a pretty useful object that deserves more attention: mx.util.ObjectProxy. You can wrap your object (i.e. Person)  into this proxy which will obediently report on all changes that are happening to this instance of a person. If you subclass ObjectProxy, you can even add a new  behavior to the wrapped object without touching a single line of its code. I’ve recorded a short video showing a couple of examples of using proxies in Flex. This is one of many tricks and techniques that consultants from Farata Systems use while working on enterprise Flex projects, and we’ll continue to share them with you in the form of such mini demos as well as in one of our public seminars like the one on September 24-25 in London, UK (use the ebd discount code to get the early bird price) or on October 30 in Atlanta, GA. For up-to-date schedule of advanced Flex se... (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, I’ve learned that some stuff burns inside the engine producing another powerful stuff that make the wheels spin.  Do I need to know more? Absolutely not. I lease cars and change them every three years.  Once a year I visit those 10-min oil change shops, and people open up the hood and do s... (more)

Adobe AIR Dead on Desktop Linux

AIR has joined Adobe Reader in the dustbin of Adobe products on Linux. According to figures gathered by Netmarketshare that Adobe uses to justify its decision to terminate AIR on desktop Linux, desktop Linux accounts for less than 1% of the market. More important - from Adobe's point-of-view - desktop Linux has accounted for less than 0.5% of lifetime AIR downloads so, instead, Adobe is off chasing the "mobile client," the 200 million Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS devices that can download and run AIR apps. It's killing off AIR and the AIR SDK for desktop Linux with the latest 2.7 release of AIR. The last Adobe release of AIR for desktop Linux is AIR 2.6. The only way anybody's gonna get anything better than 2.6 is if one of Adobe's third-party Open Screen Project (OSP) partners does it. Adobe says on its web site that "existing AIR applications will continue... (more)

Adobe Sends Flex to the Apache Foundation

After casting a pall on the future of Flash by canceling any further development of Flash on mobile devices last week, Adobe has abandoned its Flash-based Flex application SDK to the tender mercies of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), reinforcing the idea that Flash is ultimately toast, burned by rival HTML5, a posthumous victory for Steve Jobs who openly loathed Adobe's stuff. Flash's future looks bleaker still considering Flex can build both desktop and mobile apps. The Apache Foundation will have to vote on whether it will take Flex and its roadmap under its wing. Flex has been open source since 2008 but will have to shift out from under Adobe's control and be managed as an independent project. Adobe says it's working on proposals for ASF to incubate both the core Flex SDK and BlazeDS, the messaging system for pushing data from a back-end Java EE server to... (more)

SYS-CON.TV Exclusive: Jeremy Geelan Interviews Adobe's Kevin Lynch

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