Adobe Flex 3 and AIR 1.0 certainly have generated quite a buzz in the Java world in the last few months. Not in the least by the very nice Parleys.com site which is hosting all the Javapolis talks and videos.
Adobe AIR is a technology which lets you download and run webapps seamlessly on your desktop. (similar to Google Gears).
Another well known Google app, Google Analytics has now been ported to AIR by Nicolas Lierman. Analytics features all sorts of interesting statistics about your site visitors, allowing you to make informed choices on how to improve your site (eg. which pages are popular, which are not, which pages have high exit points, …)
The AIR version (with really nice Flex chart animations), can be download at AboutNico
One of the coolest Flex based RIA applications showcased during the Javapolis 2007 convention was the beta of the new Parleys.com website. Parleys hosts all videos and presentations from Javapolis and other BeJUG organized events and is great source of information for Java developers to stay current.
Now version 2 is available for testing at http://www.parleys.com/display/PARLEYS/Parleys.com+V2+BETA+Program
Be sure to check out the online version and the desktop version (showcasing Adobe AIR technology). As a JSF/Richfaces/AJAX developer I’m impressed by the speed & look ‘n feel of the site. Having to implement the below requirements is certainly not easy either with the traditional set of Java web tools.
- Full screen viewing of talks
- Add comments and tags in the presentation time line
- Bookmark talks and slides and forward them to a friend
- Change slide transitions