This week the RIA landscape gets its day in the spotlight with the Presidential Inauguration, we learn that Silverlight 3 will share some secrets at Mix'09, Curl gains AMF support, jQuery 1.3 is released, Amethyst reaches Beta 2, and we look at styling JavaFX applications. All this and more on the Weekly RIA RoundUp from InsideRIA.
FEATURED: RIA Platforms Delivering the Inauguration OnlineTechnologies: Silverlight, Flash Platform
While there have been many large streaming events in the history of online media, Tuesday's inauguration in Washington DC will certainly be one of the largest on record. Unlike events such as the 2008 Olympics, most every news outlet in the United States will be offering some type of online experience for viewers. Most all of the video for this event will be delivered through the Flash Player or through Silverlight. This is yet another way that the platforms that make up the RIA landscape are changing the way we experience our world.
While CNN will be delivering its online video coverage as Flash Video, it is working with Microsoft to present a new experience where user uploaded photos will be integrated with PhotoSynth through Silverlight. In addition, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News will all be using Flash Video for their live streams, but CBS has worked to create a Silverlight streaming experience for the users. The 'official' online inauguration experience (from the Inauguration Committee) will also be powered by Silverlight.
In addition to delivery through the browser, information on the inauguration is also being delivered through the iPhone and Twitter. It will be interesting to see who does the best job of aggregating all of the community coverage from this historic day for the RIA landscape.
Scott Barnes (Microsoft): Silverlight is all over The Moment..
Ryan Stewart (Adobe): Flash Video Powering The Presidential Inauguration
Mix'09 Will Reveal Some Silverlight 3 SecretsTechnologies: Silverlight
It was recently announced that there will be several sessions at Mix'09 on Silverlight 3. This means that we will only need to wait until March to learn what is in store for the next iteration of Silverlight. The current Silverlight 3 sessions at Mix include: What’s New in Silverlight 3, What’s New in Silverlight 3 Media, and Deep Dive into Silverlight Graphics.
Adam Kinney (Microsoft): Surprise! Silverlight 3 sessions announced for MIX09
'Amethyst' Enables Flex Development in Visual StudioTechnologies: Flex
In addition to the previously mentioned Tofino, Sapphire Steel has developed a plug-in for Visual Studio that adds support for developing Flex applications. This plug-in, Amethyst, reached Beta 2. The current version of Amethyst is available for free to download today, but eventually Amethyst will be available in a free personal edition and a paid professional edition.
Sapphire Steel Blog: Adobe Flex IDE, Amethyst Beta 2
Styling a JavaFX CalculatorTechnology: JavaFX
Dean Iverson continued James Weaver's series on creating a calculator in JavaFX. In this installment Dean covers the method he used to style the calculator. This post is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn the basics of styling in the still new JavaFX 1.0 SDK.
Curl Releases Curl Data Kit Data ServicesTechnologies: Curl
Curl recently released Curl Data Kit Data Services (CDK-DS) for the Curl platform. This brings AMF support to the Curl platform including support for BlazeDS integration. The press release states:
This initial release of the CDK-DS implements all of the remoting and web messaging services that are supported by the open source BlazeDS server, including publish/subscribe, server push, remote procedure calls (RPC), and security and authorization features.
It will be interesting to see if this release will help move any developers away from Flex to the Curl platform.
PyAMF 0.4 ReleasedTechnologies: Python, Flash Platform
The PyAMF team has released version 0.4 of the AMF implementation for Python. This release has addressed over 100 issues, and it should be of particular interest to developers who are working with the Flash Platform on the Google App Engine.
PyAMF.org: PyAMF 0.4 released
jQuery 1.3 ReleasedTechnologies: Ajax
Sizzle: A sizzlin’ hot CSS selector engine, Live Events: Event delegation with a jQuery twist. jQuery Event Overhaul: Completely rewired to simplify event handling, HTML Injection Rewrite: Lightning-fast HTML appending, Offset Rewrite: Super-quick position calculation, and No More Browser Sniffing: Using feature detection to help jQuery last for many more years to come.
If you are interested in this release, you should check out the jQuery 1.3 API Browser to get more information on the features.
Ajaxian: jQuery 1.3 and the jQuery Foundation
Expression Encoder 2 and Amazon S3Technologies: Silverlight
Tim Heuer recently completed the first iteration of a plug-in for Expression Encoder that allows publishing of media content to Amazon S3. In addition, he also covers several other plug-ins for Expression Encoder in his post.
Tim Heuer (Microsoft): Amazon S3 Publishing Plugin for Expression Encoder
Free Online JavaFX TrainingTechnologies: JavaFX
Sang Shin will be offering a free 15 week course on JavaFX. This course will be done in an academic class style (with homework, assignments, etc...). Information on how to signup for the classes can be found the post.
SDN Program News Blog: New Free Online Course: JavaFX Programming (With Passion!) Begins Jan. 30
Adobe's LiveCycle on Amazon EC2 ExplainedTechnologies: Adobe LiveCycle
Duane Nickull, Evangelist at Adobe, gave a detailed explanation and tour of the recently announced deployment of Adobe LiveCycle onto Amazon EC2. While we covered the initial announcement here on the RoundUp, Duane gives a great introduction and covers most all of the information needed for a developer to get started working with LiveCycle on EC2.
Duane Nickull (Adobe): Adobe Cloud Computing - LiveCycle ES Cloud instances!