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From Farata Systems blog: While a large Flex application is loaded, the user may experience unpleasant delays, which can be used productively to logon to this application. Besides, it'll give the user perception that your application loads faster.  I recently had a chance to use Ted Patrick's (Adobe) sample  to mitigate the load time of the application. While Ted is displaying a splash screen while the application is loaded and initialized in the background, I wanted to use a very dull logon window to keep the user occupied with a bit more useful stuff. Here are 3 challenges you would face with that task: 1. The logon screen has to be very lightweight - under 10K - so it may not be based on the Flex framework 2. The application may not remove logon window on load as the user has to login first. 3. If the user completes his/her login but the application did not finis... (more)

What's The Design's Share in RIA?

This weekend I read a blog by a well known person in Flex community and found a very interesting phrase there:"If you take a careful look at Catalyst it flips the % of design and development work within an app. Where development was 80% of an app, it is now 20% and Design/Interaction was 20% is now 80%". Sorry for taking it out of context, but I think it will be taken out of context or even becomes a mantra for new development process the same way UML 10 years ago was suppose to produce 80% of the application out of structured requirements. I am certain that this interpretation was... (more)

Converting Your Client/Server Applications to the Internet

IT projects closely follow the path of technology. .For example, the number of Java/XML/HTML projects is increasing, replacing PowerBuilder or VisualBasic systems developed just a few years ago. And developers are asking themselves the question: Do I have to write the same app from scratch? Again? Integrating existing systems developed in previous millennium environments with the Internet is a costly and difficult task. The other approach would be to "convert" existing applications to native Internet technologies. Sound complex? It's not. Legacy systems contain rich metadata, altho... (more)

Meet AJAX: Intelligent Web Applications with AJAX

Browser-based applications are widely used and we like the fact that we can access them from anywhere. But from the users' perspective, the productivity level of Web applications still doesn't approximate the productivity of desktop programs. The good news is the gap is closing: the accumulated potential of multiple technologies has boosted a whole new breed of HTML-based apps that are as powerful as the desktop ones. Meet AJAX. What Is AJAX? The name stands for Asynchronous JavaScript + XMLHTTPRequest and means you can establish socket communication between browser-based JavaScri... (more)

Developing Intelligent Web Applications With AJAX (Part 2)

The publicity that AJAX grabbed over the last half a year is based on closing the gap between the Web applications and the desktop applications, combining the "reach" and "rich." At the same time, the gap between the technological level of AJAX and what corporate developers expect in their modern arsenal is really astonishing. After all, AJAX is neither a tool nor a platform. There is no AJAX standards committee or community process in place. While software vendors are crafting proprietary development platforms on top of AJAX (which pretty much means "from scratch"), early adopte... (more)