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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RE: A good deal
by google_ninja on Wed 8th Apr 2009 14:42 UTC in reply to "A good deal"
google_ninja
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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[3]: A good deal
by Kroc on Wed 8th Apr 2009 16:54 in reply to "RE[2]: A good deal"
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2005-11-10

Nail in the coffin? Straw that broke the camel’s back? Hello Mr. Arty Mc.Strawman! How are you today?

As rosy as HTML5 sounds…: ‘I haven’t used it’.

The Silverlight feature set dwarfs the HTML feature set by a considerable amount…: ‘I don’t understand the difference between a structural document markup language, and a media runtime environment’

it's support among browsers still has a long way to go

Oh, notice how Google just released an update to GMail mobile written in HTML5 and using all the advanced features like client-side databases? Firefox 3 usage is greater than IE6, greater than IE7 in Europe. IE can use HTML5 elements using a Javascript shim. Websites are beginning to adopt and use HTML5 now http://html5gallery.com

where something like Silverlight is readily available.

Ho ho ho, I almost thought you were serious there. HTML5 capable engines are available on more platforms than Microsoft have had version of Windows. Windows/Mac/Linux, BeOS even? 32-bit, 64-bit, ARM, PPC, Sparc? Linux support for Silverlight is pants, at best.

I forgot to mention mobile browsers! So how’s silverlight support there? Is that a tumbleweed I see? In the mobile space, HTML5 support is actually greater than on the desktop! There are 10 million+ iPhone users with an fully HTML5 capable browser; whereas the iPhone, will never run Silverlight.

Silverlight is an absolute joy to use: ‘I used Dreamweaver and couldn’t get on with it.’

I'd imagine something like Flex being very similar: ‘I am opposed to the idea of choice when it comes to my development tools.’

I'd say more people gaining more skill is definitely a good thing: ‘Not enough people agree with me’

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