Linked by David Adams on Wed 8th Apr 2009 05:32 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Adobe has a promotion that states that if you will attest that you're unemployed, they'll give you a free license to Flex Builder 3 that you can use to burnish your skills.
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A good deal
by arbour42 on Wed 8th Apr 2009 14:10 UTC
arbour42
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2005-07-06

I have to disagree with Kroc. First, Flex is open source. I just wrote a mashup using Flex and Yahoo maps. I originally did it using JQuery, but we were having an awful time getting it to work on certain browsers because of security restrictions on downloading cross-domain javascript (long story).

No matter, I rewrote it using the Flex component Yahoo provides, and all the troubles went away.

Now, ajax frameworks like Apple's Sproutcore (now approaching 1.0) or Cappuccino are very good, with much better binding systems than Flex or Silverlight. They should give them good competition.

RIA skills are still in demand as few really know how to put these together. so if you wish to keep your babies fed, this is an option.

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RE: A good deal
by google_ninja on Wed 8th Apr 2009 14:42 in reply to "A good deal"
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2006-02-05

RIA skills are still in demand as few really know how to put these together. so if you wish to keep your babies fed, this is an option.


In the Microsoft world, you have to duck to avoid all the silverlight job offers flying around. I'm a javascript guy myself, but I wouldn't be surprised if my next day job ends up being RIA of some sort.

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RE[2]: A good deal
by Nelson on Wed 8th Apr 2009 16:32 in reply to "RE: A good deal"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

As rosy as HTML5 sounds, it's support among browsers still has a long way to go, where something like Silverlight is readily available.

Also important to note, is that while the open nature of HTML5 is good, it will never be able to fight something like Silverlight feature for feature. The Silverlight feature set dwarfs the HTML feature set by a considerable amount.

The last nail in the coffin is how easy it is to develop, and the ability to leverage powerful backend .NET languages to power Silverlight content. That's the straw that broke the camel's back for HTML5.

Silverlight is an absolute joy to use, and I'd imagine something like Flex being very similar, and given the current economic situation around the world, I'd say more people gaining more skill is definitely a good thing.

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RE: A good deal
by Kroc on Wed 8th Apr 2009 14:44 in reply to "A good deal"
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2005-11-10

The Flash Player runtime is proprietary. If Adobe folded tomorrow, Flex would die with it too, no matter how 'open' the SDK is.

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RE[2]: A good deal
by arbour42 on Wed 8th Apr 2009 15:40 in reply to "RE: A good deal"
arbour42 Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, the player itself is proprietary. But given that Flash runs on over 95% of computers worldwide, the chances of Flash disappearing over the next 10 years is close to nil. That exceeds most business app lifetimes.

If Adobe goes bust, there will be a stampede to buy their technology. Of course, we in the West are about to fall into a hyper-inflationary depression, so you never know what could happen. Maybe Norway's sovereign fund would buy Adobe.

Edited 2009-04-08 15:41 UTC

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