In the early days of Flex beta (Royale), we were shown a fantastic new
product that would allow folks to write rich User Interface (UI) designs via
an XML style solution, named MXML.
Flex is a product that sits in your presentation tier, it's not a
"server-side" solution; it's a dream product, as it now fully gives the
average web developer the total power they need to create Rich Internet
Applications (RIA) without having to worry about complex things such as
"timelines" (which catches many traditional programmers by surprise).
Flex also brings balance to the force, in that it allows a backend developer
the ability to generate intuitive UI without having to fall into the trap of
it looking and feeling like a typical "programmer art" web application. I say
web application as the web is not simply about "websites" it has more, and
it's being used as a delivery channe... (more)
In the more modern day ColdFusion development, we tend to rely heavily on
various Design Patterns to automate or "template" our daily coding chores.
The patterns most frequently touched on are the Data Access Objects (DAO),
DataGateway (DG) and VO (Value Object) or Bean (VO with setter/getter
I've often used them, but can't but help get the feeling that they are
probably not suited for the ColdFusion Development world as to me; their
reasons for being used aren't valid enough to warrant using them blindly.
I mean, why Use a DAO?
I'll attack DAOs first, as these ar... (more)
Scott Barnes' Blog
'RIA' is slowly fading in terms of its definition. When I first started the
RIA Evangelism role in Microsoft, I had this nagging feeling that the term
RIA was just all over the place. Depending on which technology you are
backing and which stream of alliance you uphold, the truth is the term was
destined to be abused before it really took off.
I even tried to provoke conversation around it, by waving a big red flag and
saying "Microsoft is about to use Rich Interactive not Rich Internet
Application, debate me on it". Oh they debated me on it and lots of it, as ... (more)
Scott Barnes' Blog: The Mossy Blog
It was in April 2007 we launched Silverlight 1.0, and it's now May 2008 and
we're already looking forward to a v2 release (exciting amount of great
features). It personally feels like the 1.0 launch was 2-3 years ago, but
it's kind of surreal to think that Silverlight has really only just hit its
first birthday! (not only did the baby mature fast, but it's gained many fans
along the way!)
When you look back at the last fiscal year, it's actually quite an amazing
amount of success that has taken place. Not bad for a technology that started
out wi... (more)