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Sean Christmann from EffectiveUI has released a benchmark to understand the performance differences between Flex/Flash, Silverlight, and HTML/Javascript….

 

Great for development teams trying to figure out what framework will perform the best for “real-world” RIA use cases.

 

http://www.craftymind.com/2008/05/22/introducing-guimark-an-ria-benchmark-for-flex-silverlight-html-and-more/

Eric Knorr, from Infoworld had a very interesting perspective on the end the browser era:

http://weblog.infoworld.com/editor/archives/2008/05/web_browser_app.html

 

It’s funny how cyclical technology can be. The early days of computing had mainframes and thin clients, then we went to desktop computing. The “Web 2.0″ revolution (alright, I’ve succumb to the lingo bingo) is bringing us back to the thin client – now we are talking about the end of the second wave of thin clients – browsers and going back to desktop computing.

 

- I believe that browsers, like the OS, will become less relevant but will never go away. They will simply be a matter of preference. Browsers will always have a purpose – a common GUI framework that is safe (or should I say “safer” than desktop applications).

 

 eBay asked EffectiveUI to build eBay Desktop not as a way to bypass the browser, but as a way to offer eBay’ers a richer, more engaging user experience – an experience that was not possible in a browser. Adobe AIR should be looked at as another tool to create applications that have more utility and purpose – to pick up where the browser leaves off. What is the most critical feature that Adobe AIR gives us? – It is  certainly  not its ability to make a connected desktop application. In combination with Flex, AIR gives us the ability to write once, and deploy anywhere (browser, OS – and soon mobile devises) – this is critical for large enterprises and small start-ups alike. These companies can now consolidate development efforts, focus on “getting good” at a more common, unified development practice, and not worry about cross-platform cross-browser compatibility issues. In other-words, they can now start focusing on more important things, like their customers …

 

 

 

 

 

Adobe, Microsoft, and EffectiveUI have contributed to the launch of a really cool community site, focused on user experience and the new UX technologies. The articles and white-papers are focused more for the business managers… Adobe and Microsoft have contributed some great pieces that talk about the technologies, but geared for the “C-Level Exec” types that are looking for some ammunition to get their company on board with a more user-centric approach to their online business. 

A description from the home page:

Designing an engaging user interface dramatically enhances user experience, increases productivity, drives user adoption, and creates a sustainable competitive advantage. If your organization competes online or relies on mission critical applications, leveraging the latestRIA technologies, such as Adobe® Flex™Adobe® AIR™, andMicrosoft® Silverlight™, is essential to your success.

The User Interface Resource Center (UIRC) provides free articles and White Papers written by industry leaders about user interface design and rich Internet applications (RIAs). From business strategy and implementation to hands-on techniques, this site is packed with valuable content.

My favorite articles so far:

The Age of Experience, by Thomas Lewis from Microsoft

Check Your Ego at the Door, By Lance Christmann =from EffectiveUI

Keep on Keeping Up, by Lynda Weinman from lynda.com

Eye on the User, by Jared Spool from User Interface Engineering

Technology Disrupted (the making of eBay Desktop), by Alan Lewis from eBay

Stealth Mode “Thermo” (an In-depth look ad Adobe Thermo), by Steven Heintz from Adobe

 

I was lucky enough to be interviewed as well for an article:

Chanting New Mantras, the value of rich internet applications

 

In total, there are over 30 articles and white-papers, not bad for a launch. The UIRC is still seeking opinions and insights from community contributions, so if you would like to contribute, here’s the link:

http://www.uiresourcecenter.com/submit-an-article.html?s=6

I’m speaking at AJAX world this morning on RIAs. I’m asking the audience to challenge me here on my blog once the keynote is done… 

Question: Who the hell goes to a keynote @ 7:30 in the morning?? 

 http://www.ajaxworld.com/general/sessiondetail0308.htm?id=118

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