Cold war in RIA-land
Web 2.0 gave the old web a brand new face, and with that, it added cultural and technological changes. Cultural change in the form of weblogging and social networking/bookmarking, technological in the form of User Generated Content and Rich Internet Applications (RIA).
For a change a want to address the latter. Because I’ve got the feeling that there is a cold war going on between Microsoft and Adobe, in their attempt to lure in designers and developers and to make them choose their RIA-products.
At the MAX conference Adobe showed their new application codenamed Thermo for the first time. Now I haven’t seen much of it besides these videos, but what’s interesting is that starts with the design and then adds code to that design. Unlike Blend in which you get standard Windows buttons which you can stylize as you wish. Thermo uses normal PSD files and it’s embedded layers and visual styles and turns it into a Flex application.
Both of these new applications are either in, or just out of their beta stage, so they are far from perfect, but nonetheless pose an interesting new way in the process of making internet applications with a variety of disciplines.