Monthly Archives: April 2007

Flex opensourced: the battle of the giants. Towards a new Rich Client?

So, just few days after Microsoft announced its SilverLight platform, Adobe answered making Flex an Open Source platform. I suggest you have a look at Scoble‘s page “Adobe opensources Flex“, especially for the two videos he recorded with some of the Adobe thinking heads.

Wow! How things are changing fast!

There is one consideration that I want to make here. Now, both Adobe and Microsoft have the following approach to their flagship UI technology:

Microsoft Adobe
Express – Entry Point SilverLight Flex
Full Product Vista –
Windows Presentation
  • An “entry point” offer, freely available or even Open Sourced, which paves the road to the flagship product.
  • In both cases, the technology behind is the same (MXML/ActionScript for Adobe and XAML for Microsoft). In both cases, the technology behind is Declarative!
  • In both cases, the Entry Point offer is helping making more popular, especially with developers, the technology, so that it can be more used as the basis for building applications using the Full Product version.
  • in both cases, the Entry Point makes a tactical use of the Browser (at least, in the Full Product version the browser is not playing the important role that we are used to)
  • in both cases, AJAX is used as a programming approach instead than as the overarching foundation.
  • SilverLight

    I have been reading about SilverLight, the new technology from Microsoft that has been labeled as the Flash-Killer.
    What I find interesting is that the positioning of SilverLight on respect to Windows Presentation Foundation (and Vista in general) from Microsoft seems, to me, very similar to the positioning of Flex with respect to Apollo from Adobe..

    It is very much another example of a client-side container that replaces the role played by the Browser so far. With this move, not only Microsoft provides container functuionalities inside the Operating System itself (WPF) but, also, provides an “express version” of it (SilverLight), which does not require Vista and that can work on the Mac.

    I am still unclear why Microsoft does not also target Linux. But, probably, there will be someone who will do on their behalf….

    IBM Lotus Connections Demo – The Real Thing!

    I want here to promote the excellent article of my friend Luis: IBM Lotus Connections Demo – The Real Thing .
    This post introduces Lotus Connections, the new Social Networking product that IBM announced at Lotusphere.

    In this quote from Luis’s post, please find the details about how to get to the live screencast that IBM made available:

    As you may be able to see from the Web site where the screencast is stored, you can watch the demo live or rather download it
    so that you can view it a later time offline. Whatever is easier for
    you. And also for those folks who may be looking for the script of the
    screencast you can also download it from here.

    Thus without much further ado and without taking too much time off from you for the demo itself, I would strongly encourage you all to take a look into the screencast on Lotus Connections and find out some more as to how IBM
    is planning to progress further into adopting social computing within
    the Enterprise and beyond. I bet that you will find it quite
    entertaining and enlightening. Because, above all, you will be able to
    see something very important and which may not be just related to
    Connections, nor to IBM itself: the fact that you can conduct effective business
    using social computing to address real customers issues and find
    solutions for them in the shortest time possible by empowering people
    to reach out for information and connect with other knowledge workers.
    Yes, that is right. Putting together the best of both worlds: knowledge and the people behind that knowledge. Can social computing get better than this? I doubt it.

    Internet Search should be property of no one

    For the people that start fearing about Google, I suggest reading the following article: Google goes click.
    Among the others, I liked this quote:

    Further proof, if any were needed, that Google
    isn’t a technology company that makes money from ads, it’s an
    advertising company that uses technology to lure eyeballs

    I start to believe that Internet Search is too delicate a feature, is so important that it cannot be left in the hands of a monopoly.
    Internet Search should be property of no one or real competition and alternatives should be promoted.

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