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[7]: A good deal
by raboof on Fri 10th Apr 2009 07:48 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: A good deal"
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Good post. But there are subtle differences here.

Sure - any comparison is bound to make (over)simplifications, but i tried to do it a bit less blatantly compared to some other posts ;) .

Javascript is interpreted at runtime, not compiled to intermediate bytecode.

This is indeed a huge difference between JavaScript and .Net/Java. As for ActionScript (Flex), the advancements in browsers' javascript engines makes the difference less pronounced - in fact, much of the Flash9 ActionScript code is open-source and planned to be shared with the Firefox javascript engine (e.g. - not sure what the status of those efforts is today).

In spite of using great DHTML, CSS, Javascript, and AJAX techniques, to try and make HTML document look and behave like actual applications, they're still documents at the core.

I wholeheartedly agree the whole HTML/AJAX thing is clumsy. However, each step in the more 'powerful' direction (Flex, then Silverlight) brings bigger issues with the requirements (Flash, then the Silverlight plugin).

Also, turning your service from a 'document' into an 'application' contained in a plugin also makes it more of a black box - things like microformats and browser plugins get less useful.

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