Rich Internet Applications which are mainly business applications online that replace traditional desktop applications bringing the same capabilities on to the web. During the last few years many technologies experimented on the RIA world trying to compete Flash Technology, some succeeded but most failed.
Adobe Flash with the Flex Framework has introduced a brand new world of RIA with impressive new look and feel of business apps. Flex technologies have opened new horizons to the developers and challenged entirely all traditional web technologies bringing the web world to a new era. Flex framework is a “what you see is what you get” anywhere-anytime technology . It is cross-browser and very stable technology that can interact with any server-side technology therefore with any data source.
Our team has learned to appreciate the powerful capabilities and the amazing interface flash technologies have to offer. The output from Adobe Flex is great, but the development process slowed us down a bit in Flash Builder IDE and the fact that business applications require mainly input forms and data displays; we would code repeatedly the same components and functionalities over and over again, code and compile infinitely. Also business applications require a server-side language integration such as PHP, Asp.Net, JAVA etc. and this as well resulted to be a slog and very time consuming. Keeping different language scripts separately, with data integration issues and all the other complexities and obstacles we faced, our team decided to build a brand new framework to facilitate and speed up development.
Keeping Rich Internet Apps as our epicenter, integrating Flash Technologies Interface, XML Tag Syntax development, data manipulation and display wrapped all together inside a single server-side language environment such as (our favorite) PHP working naturally together in the same file. We have created loosely coupled advanced components and functionalities which are defined in a tag syntax model that can be controlled by the server-side script at run time with no need for compilation. This integration brings all the best things in one single framework:
- Rich User Interface, Interactive and user friendly
- Stable and Consistent across all browsers
- Written in simple tag syntax (like HTML) or ActionScript3
- Integrated directly in server-side language
- PHP ORM ready
- Advanced Loosely Coupled components (predefined)
- Bindable Properties and Lazy Manager
- Object Oriented
- Page-Based-Paradigm (unlike Flex, single page)
- Non-Compilable (unlike Flex)
- Usable with any server-side languages
- Easy IDE
This framework has resulted to be very efficient, solid and super easy to use, since it is a rich application (RIA) but now much more quickly developed we decided to call it Rich and Rapid Application Development Evolved “RADE”
Business RIA revolution is coming soon for everyone to fly with the speed of RADE.
Stay tuned . . .