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Rich Internet Applications Debated at SYS-CON.TV's Live "RIA Shootout"

The program discussed the current state of AJAX and RIAs, including the new products offered in this space

SYS-CON.TV's "Rich Internet Applications Shootout" program, which was presented by AJAXWorld Magazine, streamed live from SYS-CON.TV's Times Square Studio.

Between its live and on demand audiences, the program will be viewed by more than 100,000 AJAXWorld readers, and the follow-up debate will take place during the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo on March 18-20, 2008, in New York City.

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Panel discussion included Adobe's Flex, Microsoft's Silverlight, and Sun Microsystems' JavaFX technologies and hosted renowned i-technology industry commentators and SYS-CON bloggers such as Coach Wei, Kevin Hoffman, Debbie Moynihan, Mike Potter, and Yakov Fain.

Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) are once again at the forefront of news headlines in the i-technology industry. RIAs address the critical front-end interface of websites, as enterprises worldwide seek to enhance the experience of visitors to their sites, improve the functionality of those sites, and optimize website performance.

The past two years have been notable for the rise of the so-called "AJAX" interface design approach, which leverages existing software technologies to create website front ends that are richer, faster, and easier to use. Now three true industry heavyweights -- Adobe, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems -- have weighed in with their specific front-end design environments.

Adobe Flex, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX each offer unique and powerful environments for developers. Do these environments compete directly with AJAX, or are they simply part of the overall AJAX movement? How directly do they compete with one another? How robust and complete are each of these environments? Why should developers consider going with any of these approaches? Will some enterprises use more than one of them?

These and other key questions were asked by SYS-CON.TV viewers and answered at the RIA Shoot-Out. The hour-long webcast featured an interactive Q&A session from viewers during its final segment.

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The world’s leading Rich Internet Applications & Web 2.0 event is expected to attract more than 1,000 i-technology developers. AJAXWorld grew from a single track, one-day seminar, less than a year ago, into a four-day international conference & expo with more than 150 sessions delivered in ten simultaneous tracks, by more than 150 faculty members.

The conference now includes AJAXWorld University's AJAX Security Bootcamp.

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Ever since Google popularized a smarter, more responsive and interactive Web experience by using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) for its Google Maps & Gmail applications, SYS-CON's RIA News Desk has been covering every aspect of Rich Internet Applications and those creating and deploying them. If you have breaking RIA news, please send it to [email protected] to share your product and company news coverage with AJAXWorld readers.