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Stop standardizing HTML

By Simon St. Laurent
April 24, 2013

When HTML first appeared, it offered a coherent if limited vocabulary for sharing content on the newly created World Wide Web. Today, after HTML has handed off most of its actual work to other specifications, it’s time to stop worrying …

JavaFX 2.0: Making RIA with Java

JavaFX 2.0: Making RIA with Java
By James Turner
July 11, 2011

Jim Weaver, founder of JMentor, explains why JavaFX could become a viable contender in the Rich Internet Applications world.

Top Ajax Technologies and RIA Frameworks

By Theresa Neil
January 17, 2011

The Gartner RIA Report in 2010 rated 22 Ajax technologies and RIA Frameworks. They define the Ajax/RIA market as "a set of technology offerings oriented to meeting the needs of application development teams to build systems that deliver a rich...

Spinner coming to jQuery UI

By Matthew David
December 29, 2010

The "soon to be released" jQuery UI has support for a new Widget: the Spinner. This blog looks at how you can implement the Spinner Widget into your Web pages

RIA Review: Roc brings beats to Aviary

By RJ Owen
June 16, 2010

Aviary is an amazingly powerful suite of free online content creation tools, many of which provide all the base line functionality of much more expensive commercial tools. Today Aviary released a beta version of their new simple music creation tool named Roc. I took Roc for a test drive and this is what I found.

Make it a Game - really?

By RJ Owen
June 5, 2010

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard the phrase "make it a game" or "make it like a game" or "give it some game-like features" in my career, I'd be retiring in luxury next week. Games provide an important proving ground for interface methods that drive technology forward and have the potential to bring about a sense of accomplishment, inspiration, and engagement unparalleled in other avenues of life. n this post I want to examine the value of this statement, if any, and what we as RIA developers might learn from games.

Enterprise RIA Usage "Ineffective" - Gartner

By Mike Slinn
June 4, 2010

"HTML5 and the Future of Adobe Flash" was published April 30 2010 by Ray Valdes, David Smith and Eric Knipp of Gartner.  The last paragraph is most interesting.   Read the entire document to learn more.This matches my experience as a contractor who focuses...

Opening Pandora's Box - Looking at JQuery

By John Barlow
April 7, 2010

A few months ago, I wrote an article on the Dojo Toolkit with some examples on how to do a simple RIA app (Welcome to the Dojo). Since then, I have had the privilege of working on an app that...

What Inspires You?

By Andrew Trice
April 2, 2010

Everyone has their moments of inspiration. You see something, and just think "wow". It inspires you, makes you think of all the possibilities, gets the "creative juices" flowing, or just makes you think "whoa, that was cool".

Flash Camp Coming to DC

By David Tucker
March 31, 2010

On the heels of some really cool events across the globe, another great Flash Camp is happening. This one will be taking place in Washington DC. The Capital Flash Camp is taking place on April 16, 2010 at the Heritage Center at the US Navy Memorial. The great thing is that this is within the metro region, so most anyone can make it to this location via public transit.

QOW: What is your definition of RIA?

By Rich Tretola
February 15, 2010

Just over 2 years ago when we starting this project known as InsideRIA, I posed the question "What is RIA?" to a select group of InsideRIA contributors. Please revisit the original post at What is RIA? to see the responses....

Educational RIA StrataLogica Combines Quality Map Content with Useful Interface

By Garth Braithwaite
February 4, 2010

Despite formal education’s best efforts I still find geography enjoyable which is probably why I’ve spent way too much playing with Google Earth. Nystrom a Herff Jones company has recently released StrataLogica to harness this and combine it with their...

28 Rich Data Visualization Tools

By Theresa Neil
December 10, 2009

We're currently working with a dozen different clients, all web application (re)designs. All of these clients have data rich applications and need equally rich data visualizations to help their end customers analyze data quickly and effectively. What makes my job really interesting is that these clients are in different industries and are using different technologies. So we have pulled together a set of 25 tools for creating graphs, Gantt charts, diagrammers, calendars/schedulers, gauges, mapping, pivot tables, OLAP cubes, and sparklines, in Flash, Flex, Ajax or Silverlight.

RIA Unleashed Boston Conference - My thoughts

By Scott Janousek
November 19, 2009

Kevin Shuttle already beat me to the proverbial punch with his review, but I'd to share some of my thoughts on a recent Boston based conference called RIA Unleashed. This developer focused event was recently held at Bentley College, Waltham,...

Conference Review: RIA Unleashed Boston

By Kevin Suttle
November 17, 2009

Boston was home to the RIAUnleashed conference on Friday, November 13, and was jam-packed with Flex, AIR, ColdFusion and other RIA goodness. What was so unique to me about this conference was the fact that not only were the speakers...

More Upcoming RIA Events

By Rich Tretola
October 16, 2009

RIA Unleashed - Boston is a 1 day 3 track event covering Flex, AIR, ColdFusion and related technologies and disciplines. Our three tracks are designed to allow you to focus on the technologies you are interested in. You'll be able...

MAX 2009 Session Videos: Flex Frameworks, AR, & Best RIAs

By Rich Tretola
October 16, 2009

InsideRIA had three sessions at Adobe MAX this year: The Battle of the Flex Frameworks Returns, with Greg Owen; Augmented Reality within the Flash Player, with Jesse Freeman; and InsideRIA's Secrets of the Best Rich Internet Apps of 2009 (So...

Welcome To The Dojo

By John Barlow
September 28, 2009

Welcome To The Dojo. That is how a friend of mine introduced me to this Javascript Framework. "The Dojo? Great, now he's going to act all mystic like and not directly answer any of my questions." I thought to myself. Turns out, he was talking about a framework that is truly awesome. I'll admit, the documentation is a bit to dig through, but hopefully my experience and previous digging will be of use to you. Don't worry, the only things being thrown around in this "Dojo" are Javascript and web programming ideas you may or may not have seen before.

Poll Results: Best of RIA 2009 so far - Finally!

By Rich Tretola
September 10, 2009

It has been a long and hard road getting to this point with a few road blocks in the way. If you have been following along with the progressions of the last few weeks, you probably are already aware of...

Poll Results: The Best of RIA 2009 - Semi Finals

By Rich Tretola
September 7, 2009

Well, tonight was supposed to be the big results post, but as those of you who have been following along with this contest know there have been some problems that have recently been discovered. So, with that in mind, we...

Polling Issues and Irregularities

By Rich Tretola
September 5, 2009

We just wanted to provide you with an update on our polling situation. We have heard from many of you through comments on our site as well as external blog posts. I would first like to thank all of you...

How To Get a Job

By RJ Owen
September 4, 2009

You've been looking into the world of Rich Internet Applications for a while now but how do you make the jump? Whether you're a developer working in Java or C++ looking to get on the web or a designer working in an art department wanting to do more interactive, the RIA world is a fast-growing and exciting field many people are looking to transition to. Unless you're lucky enough to have some personal connections into an RIA firm, the decision to move requires hitting the pavement and convincing an RIA company that you're worth hiring. This article comes from my experiences as both a former interviewee and current interviewer at a mid-sized RIA company. I've seen both the good and the bad; the ups and the downs; the ins and the outs. After roughly every interview we conduct I think of a few things I wish I could share about how the candidate could have improved their chances of getting hired - this article is the collection of all of those ideas.

50 Most Usable RIAs

By Theresa Neil
September 2, 2009

We applied two simple criteria to identify the 50 most usable RIAs: Number 1: Does it adhere to the 10 basic usability principles? Number 2: Is it really rich? Developing a product with Ajax, Flex, or Silverlight doesn't inherently make it rich. A usable RIA will embody these six principles: Make it Direct, Keep it Lightweight, Stay in the Page, Provide an Invitation, Use Transitions, React Immediately.

New Poll: The Best of RIA 2009 - Semi Finals

By Rich Tretola
August 31, 2009

Over the past 3+ weeks we have done the following. First, we asked you to "Help us choose the best RIA of 2009 / Adobe MAX". Next, we took 20 of those nominations and split them into 2 groups...

Poll Results: Best of RIA 2009 so far - Round 2

By Rich Tretola
August 31, 2009

Round 2 is now completed and the top 5 RIAs that will join last weeks winners in this weeks semi-finals are (Note: results as of 11:45pm eastern time) Balsamiq Mockups, iPlotz, Hot Gloo, SlideSix, & Digital Tutors move on to...

New Poll: The Best of RIA 2009 - Round 2

By Rich Tretola
August 24, 2009

Round 1 is over and Round 2 now begins. The top 5 RIA's from this week's poll will move on to next weeks semi final. So, please vote for your favorite from this week's 10 nominees. Please click here to...

Poll Results: Best of RIA 2009 so far - Round 1

By Rich Tretola
August 24, 2009

After well over 5000 votes, round 1 is officially over. The top 5 RIAs that will move into the semi-finals 2 weeks from now are (Note: results as of 10:15pm eastern time) Aviary, FlashMoto, Creately, Konductor, & Yooba move on...

New Poll: The Best of RIA 2009 - Round 1

By Rich Tretola
August 17, 2009

Over the next 3 weeks, we will be conducting a tournament to determine the InsideRIA choice for the top RIA of the year so far. For the next two weeks we have nominated a total of 20 RIA's based on...

Help us choose the best RIA of 2009 / Adobe MAX

By Rich Tretola
August 11, 2009

We need your help. O'Reilly is conducting a competition to highlight the best RIAs of 2009. We have been compiling a list of noteworthy applications, but we want to make sure we aren't missing any. It can be especially difficult to find independent developers that aren't receiving as much attention as they might deserve. Upon completing the list we will begin voting here on InsideRIA. The finalists will be showcased at a special session at MAX 2009 where we conduct and in-depth look at each app and conduct a Q&A with the developer/development team. Please leave a comment with any submissions/suggestions. The only requirements are that the application be created/powered with Adobe tools and that they were either created, released, or updated in 2009.

An Honest Open Discussion on Web Standards and HTML 5

By David Tucker
June 23, 2009

We need an open honest discussion about HTML5 and what it means for the web. Unfortunately, you aren't going to get the truth from fanatics on either side, but instead we all need to examine all of the evidence and come to our own conclusions. I have spent a great deal of time analyzing the facts, and in the process I have made several observations.

Five Reasons Architecture Matters

By Dan Thomas
June 19, 2009

This post is an attempt to help justify the sometimes seemingly unappreciated efforts of good application architecture. Sometimes project managers/clients can question time spent on architecture and it can be hard to bring out appropriate explanations on the spot. This...

Flash Camp Orlando This Friday

By David Tucker
May 27, 2009

You won't want to miss Flash (Flex) Camp Orlando this Friday, May 29th, on the campus of UCF ($49.95 for single registration - less for groups of 3 or more). This event will have some great speakers, give-aways, and most importantly some big announcements from Adobe.

Creative Ideas for RIA

By John Papa
May 15, 2009

Design can be a huge stumbling block for developers coming to the RIA world. Here are a few tips on how I started tackling this hurdle.

Flash vs. Silverlight on Smashing Magazine

By RJ Owen
May 11, 2009

Earlier this month Smashing Magazine posted a broad review of Flash and Silverlight. The review covers the way the two products handle things like animation, publishing to the desktop, scripting, small file sizes, socket connections, capturing web-cam content, etc.

Open Question: When not to RIA?

By Raymond Camden
May 6, 2009

Open question about how folks make decisions on how much/how well they will support non-JavaScript enabled clients.

InsideRIA is looking for your help

By Rich Tretola
May 1, 2009

InsideRIA would like to expand our coverage of the many RIA related conferences that occur throughout the year. Naturally we thought why not further involve the InsideRIA community? So, here is your chance to become an InsideRIA contributor as a...

Exploring Apache Pivot 1.1, Part 2

By Greg Brown
April 26, 2009

This is the second in a series of articles that explore some of the new features in Apache Pivot 1.1. Pivot is a Java-based RIA toolkit that is currently undergoing incubation at the Apache Software Foundation. The previous article provided an overview of the new drag and drop features in Pivot 1.1; this article introduces Pivot's support for browsing the local file system.

Exploring Apache Pivot 1.1, Part 1

By Greg Brown
April 26, 2009

This is the first in a series of several articles that explore some of the new features in Apache Pivot 1.1. Pivot is a Java-based RIA toolkit that is currently undergoing incubation at the Apache Software Foundation. This article discusses Pivot's support for drag and drop.

Real world RIA productivity tools

By Dan Thomas
April 26, 2009

Ever noticed how certain phrases seem to do the rounds in the tech industry? One such phrase I see a lot is "eat your own dog food" or more charmingly "dogfooding". I can relate this to a number of RIAs which I use day-to-day when developing, managing and promoting RIAs which I thought might be of use to share in no particular order (and with no affiliation).

The Weekly RIA RoundUp for April 20

By David Tucker
April 20, 2009

This week Yahoo refreshes ASTRA, Smashing Magazine provides a great list of AIR resources, CNET uncovers the truth about the MLB switch back to Flash video, Scott Barnes speaks his mind about Silverlight 3, Google App Engine extends its reach, ExtJS introduces some changes to its licensing, and the Masters is delivered with Flash Media Server. All this and more on the Weekly RIA RoundUp from InsideRIA.

Scott Barnes Take on Silverlight 3

By John Papa
April 9, 2009

What does SIlverlight 3 bring to the table? Hear it from someone who knows the leading tools from Adobe and Microsoft inside and out.

The Weekly RIA RoundUp for April 6

By David Tucker
April 6, 2009

The Weekly RIA RoundUp returns this week with a new partnership between Adobe and Facebook, Ribbit asking the development community for advice, an easy way to include Silverlight content into Wordpress posts, a new release of Tour De Flex, a refresh for JavaFX and Netbeans, Titanium reaches preview release 3, and much more. All this and more on the Weekly RIA RoundUp from InsideRIA.

The Future of the Web: I Disagree

By Yakov Fain
March 25, 2009

Tim Bray, a Distinguished Engineer and Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems has been interviewed by InfoQ about the future of the Web. With all my respect to Sun’s engineers, I have to disagree with some of the statements...

SpatialKey - Amazing Geo-Spatial Visualization

By David Tucker
March 24, 2009

Today, SpatialKey announced a private beta. The SpatialKey team has been hard at work since InsideRIA first announced the technical preview on August 9th. This new version includes many new features and some advanced visualizations. This release demonstrates why SpatialKey is one of the most exciting RIA's I have seen recently.

The Weekly RIA RoundUp for March 23

By David Tucker
March 24, 2009

This week we look at the Silverlight 3 announcement from Microsoft Mix'09 in Las Vegas, 3D support in JavaFX, some information on Flash SEO, March Madness in the browser, using Titanium with Flex applications, and much more. All this and more on the Weekly RIA RoundUp from InsideRIA.

MIX09ers Head Home with Silverlight and Expression Betas in Hand and Design in Mind

By John Osborn
March 24, 2009

As they headed home from Las Vegas last Friday, the roughly 2000 designers and developers -- not to mention Microsoft employees -- returning from the three-day MIX09 web conference in Las Vegas had plenty to consider. For O'Reilly author and Silverlight MVP John Papa, the big news was the support for "out of browser" and line of business applications announced for Silverlight 3. For Vertigo developer Jon Galloway, the SketchFlow designer planned for Expression Blend 3 and demoed for the first time at MIX, promises to revolutionize the way designers prototype their user interactions. As for Scott Guthrie, VP of the Microsoft's Developer Division, reflecting on his keynote at an after hours reception, he was just pleased that MIX09 had come together without the "fire drill" of years past.

The Weekly RIA RoundUp for March 16

By David Tucker
March 16, 2009

This week we look forward to SXSW and Mix '09 and look back on Facebook coming to the desktop, a preview of Pro JavaFX, a tool to help designers get started with Silverlight, more information on Mozilla Bespin, and new AIR features in Aptana Studio. All this and more on the Weekly RIA RoundUp from InsideRIA.

Forget Best Practices

By RJ Owen
March 13, 2009

I hear a lot of talk about "best practices" these days, and I'm sure you do too. As design has become a more visibly important differentiator for web development professionals and companies, understanding the "best way" to accomplish any given task has been a big deal, leading to a plethora of blogs, conferences, podcasts, etc. on the topic. How can I communicate that there's more information to fill out? How can I make my form most intuitive? How can I present an intuitive interaction? These are the types of questions "best practices" are called upon to answer.

The Weekly RIA RoundUp for March 9

By David Tucker
March 9, 2009

This week the Flex SDK gets some bug fixes, iLog releases a new set of visualization components, the new version of jQuery UI was released, Microsoft provides some guidance on Silverlight development, and a talk on the future of Rich Internet Applications. All this and more on the Weekly RIA RoundUp from InsideRIA.

The Weekly RIA Round-Up for March 3

By David Tucker
March 3, 2009

This week Titanium releases its second preview release, AIR gets some bug fixes, Adobe gives some help to the recently unemployed, Tim Heuer breaks down Silverlight testing, Cappuccino makes some magic in the browser with Atlas, and a new...


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