Amy Muntz | 14 Jun 21:53 2005

Join us Weds, June 22 in Palo Alto for an RIA night

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that Oliver Steele, Chief Software Architect here at Laszlo Systems, is presenting at the SAM SIG meeting on Weds, June 22nd in Palo Alto, CA. Charles Kedrick, Chief Architect of Isomorphic, is also presenting. It should be an interesting night about Rich Internet Applications. We’d love to see you there!

-- Amy

Wednesday, June 22 2005
6:30pm- 9:00pm

Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
Palo Alto, CA


6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration/Networking/Refreshments/Pizza
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentations


The Monthly Meeting of the SAM SIG


Presentation Overview

Rich-client web applications or, as they're frequently called, Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) promise to recover the usability and performance of desktop applications, while retaining the benefits of zero-install web deployment.

Like desktop applications, these new web applications require a deep stack of client-side components and services to support a more interactive, intelligent front end. Rich-client engines that provide these capabilities have been cooking for nearly a decade on the Java, Flash, and DHTML client platforms. These systems typically extend across the wire to server-side components that manage data/service integration and application delivery.

In back-to-back presentations, we will explore architectures for effective RIAs, illustrating them via the capabilities of two mature solutions in this space:

  • OpenLaszlo - the open-source, Flash-based platform from Laszlo Systems

  • SmartClient - the DHTML/AJAX-based platform from Isomorphic Software

Using these real examples, we will discuss:

  • common elements of rich-client architectures

  • new degrees of freedom for web app architecture (capabilities)

  • new design considerations & complexities (gotchas)

  • integration with existing architectures, technologies and server-side frameworks

  • where do the model, view, and controller reside in an RIA

  • insights into where to use Flash-based vs. AJAX-based solutions to best effect

Different rich-client platforms may suit different types of applications, but their architectural elements and themes are very similar. Join us to see how these systems have merged the best aspects of client-server and web architecture for the next generation of business and consumer apps, and to discuss the relative strengths of Flash- and AJAX-based approaches that will make your solutions shine.

Presenter Oliver Steele's presentation will expand on his White Papers, "Serving Client-Side Applications" and "Web MVC." They're served from his blog, where various of our colleagues have already added their comments and observations: and



$15 at the door for non-SDForum members
No charge for SDForum members
Please call 408.494.8378 for student memberships
No registration required




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