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Most organizations are delivering or planning to deliver Rich Internet Applications in 2008

2008 is going to be an important year for Rich Internet Applications. Most organizations are delivering or planning to deliver Rich Internet Applications; however, at the same time, most IT managers are facing a dilemma: which Rich Internet Application technology and platform to use? The number of different frameworks and libraries is too vast to even consider evaluating a fraction of them.

 To make this task manageable, I'm going to narrow things down to three different technologies for delivering enterprise-level Rich Internet Applications. While the first two (JSF and Flex) are proven technologies that have been used for a numbers of years, JavaFX is a new declarative language for building rich user interfaces using Java.

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Max Katz heads Developer Relations for Appery.io, a cloud-based mobile app platform. He loves trying out new and cool REST APIs in mobile apps. Max is the author of two books “Practical RichFaces” (Apress 2008, 2011), DZone MVB (Most Valuable Blogger), and is a frequent speaker at developer conferences. You can find out what Max is up to on his blog: http://maxkatz.org and Twitter: @maxkatz.

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Michael 06/20/08 10:05:46 AM EDT

As Photoshop and Co can export to JavaFX this would be really interesting in Xara 4 , as it is my prefered program. Are there any plugins or is it coming from Xara itself in the near future?

hopefully! I'm interesting too who needs that ....

yours

Michael

Richard Monson-Haefel 05/22/08 10:07:12 AM EDT

I think this article is little more than an advertisement for Exadel which provides a JSF/Ajax solution. Max ignores Silverlight which is clearly an option that deserves attention. In addition, he completely ignores Curl (Note: I work for Curl) which has been used in production by hundreds of enterprise customers for at least five years - far longer than JSF or Flex.

I guess I can understand why the article is so biased, but I wish it could have been more balanced and the agenda more agnostic.

The truth is that JSF is an obsoleet solution. If you are still doing client development using a server-side framework your not taking advantage of the RIA solutions available today. Server-side GUI frameworks are dead. Let them rest in peace.

Richard Monson-Haefel - Curl, Inc.

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