Check out one of Arpit’s latest posts.
Flash sounds like a perfect tool to teach programming. Others I’ve been reading about:
Interesting related article at O’Reilly: Why Johnny Can’t Program.
Check it out: OpenPyro: OpenPyro is a pure AS3 framework for creating RIA’s. Open Pyro draws a lot of inspiration from Flex but aims to be more expressive as well as have a smaller filesize and memory footprint.
Arpit Mathur, one of the most brilliant developers I know and a straight up Flash guru is leading the Open Pyro project. He recently posted about OpenPyro on his personal blog and includes a screencast of him using the framework to develop an app.
SimpleViewer looks easy to use and I’m spotting it on a number of photo blogger sites.
Arpit Mathur, our Flash wiz at CIM, has posted a nifty summary of different approaches being taken to extend the browser’s capabilities to the desktop.
To the list, let me add a few more desktop development platforms, that are network leveraging:
Firefox, irregardless of Prism, is already a capable sometimes-connected desktop application environment (witness Songbird – an open source project I might dig into, because I am just unhappy with the state of current mp3 players). However, Prism sure does seem interesting and worth keeping an eye on.
And while Arpit did cover the Flash side of things (Air), I love contemplating Flex+Python or Flex+Java approaches. Bruce Eckel’s article in Artima on the subject maps to the way I think. There is a lot of re-use and maintenance problems you solve when you layer an application that way.
An earlier project I worked on was a communications application that utilized a Flash UI hosted in a C# application. It worked intriguingly well.
Looks like a tutorial I want to take: “Flex, Spring and BlazeDS: the full stack! (Part 1)”
The team I belong to at Comcast, Comcast Interactive Media, released an alpha version of our video player, The Fan, this week.
You can give it a try here. If I say so myself, it’s pretty sweet.
This version of The Fan was built with Adobe’s Flex and Arpit has a lot to share about the project. Feel free to leave a comment and tell him what you think.
As Arpit mentions, we’re on the lookout for Flash developers. But there’s more to the CIM story than Flash. In fact, the development stack we use at CIM resembles what Bruce Eckel proposed in a piece called “Hybridizing Java” on Artima a while back. We are looking for experienced Web developers of all stripes to join us. Check out cimLife for more.
Arpit’s post about the new version of the Fan is earning some buzz.
Ryan Stewart: Comcast jumps into Flex 2 for media content
Shelley Powers: Cool Thingie
Aaron Held, my manager at CIM, checks in with more about Flash, Java, and The Fan.
Follow the linkage on Techmeme.