Machine Learning Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Liz McMillan, Roger Strukhoff, Pat Romanski, Carmen Gonzalez

Related Topics: Microsoft Cloud, Adobe Flex, Machine Learning

Microsoft Cloud: Article

My Appearance in the "RIA Shootout" on SYS-CON.TV

I found the entire event to be surreal, like an out of body experience. I'd never been in a make-up chair before!

Click here to view this program

Hopefully you saw me during the RIA Shootout that was held live yesterday from the Times Square TV Studio in the Reuters building. The panel discussion was all about RIAs, the future of RIAs, AJAX, where it's all headed and what the landscape looks like. In attendance were Java folks, a representative from Adobe who works in the Flex division, an open source advocate, Coach Wei (the founder of the OpenAJAX alliance and CTO/Founder of Nexaweb), and Roger Strukhoff, SYS-CON Publisher, who hosted and moderated the event. Oh, and me. I was there too :)

I found the entire event to be surreal, like an out of body experience. I'd never been in a make-up chair before, and I'm really an "in the trenches" kind of developer - I've never much aspired to be on TV, but I also won't turn down the chance to discuss things that I am passionate about with other like-minded and extremely intelligent people. However, it was a bit humbling when they had to use a little bit extra make-up on my head to make sure the shine from my baldness didn't interfere with the camera :)

We talked about AJAX and the general consensus among the panelists was that AJAX as a word is overused and overhyped. There are varying degrees to which you can implement AJAX, and we all agreed that as an enhancing and enabling technology, it's a great tool, but it is not the be-all-end-all of technologies, and its overuse is a huge, huge problem.

When discussing Silverlight and Flex, we talked about how both technologies utilize compiled code, so the interaction with these kinds of applications is inherently snappier and consumes less bandwidth than doing full-page refreshes on server-side technology pages like PHP and ASP.NET. Additionally, the representative from Adobe made the point that Flex is here now, and you can use it now to deploy real-world applications. While this is true, it's somewhat irrelevant in that once Silverlight RTMs, that won't be a valid argument. Silverlight will be just as easy to get onto desktops as Flash is/was, it's just a matter of time. That said, I did like his point that the development tool for Flex can be used natively on the Mac or on Windows, whereas Silverlight development requires Visual Studio "Orcas", even though you can view/run Silverlight apps on the Mac. I would love a native Cocoa tool for building Silverlight apps.

Other interesting things that I learned included the fact that Coach Wei thinks Java Server Faces is an incredibly stupid idea, and actually used the phrase, "lipstick on a pig", which immediately made him that much more appealing in my book :) I've never heard of Java Server Faces before, so I can't comment on it.

All in all I think the panel discussion was fantastic, and we made some good points and got a lot of viewer questions answered, even the one from the guy who wanted an autographed copy of Yakov's book (what? nobody wants an autographed copy of SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed?). On my way out the door I got pulled into an "SOA Power Panel" that was taped rather than live, and that 30 minute discussion should show up on SYS-CON.TV sometime in the near future.

links: digg this  del.icio.us  technorati  reddit

More Stories By Kevin Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman, editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer's Journal, has been programming since he was 10 and has written everything from DOS shareware to n-tier, enterprise web applications in VB, C++, Delphi, and C. Hoffman is coauthor of Professional .NET Framework (Wrox Press) and co-author with Robert Foster of Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed. He authors The .NET Addict's Blog at .NET Developer's Journal.

Comments (1)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

CloudEXPO Stories
The precious oil is extracted from the seeds of prickly pear cactus plant. After taking out the seeds from the fruits, they are adequately dried and then cold pressed to obtain the oil. Indeed, the prickly seed oil is quite expensive. Well, that is understandable when you consider the fact that the seeds are really tiny and each seed contain only about 5% of oil in it at most, plus the seeds are usually handpicked from the fruits. This means it will take tons of these seeds to produce just one bottle of the oil for commercial purpose. But from its medical properties to its culinary importance, skin lightening, moisturizing, and protection abilities, down to its extraordinary hair care properties, prickly seed oil has got lots of excellent rewards for anyone who pays the price.
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected path for IoT innovators to scale globally, and the smartest path to cross-device synergy in an instrumented, connected world.
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of the world’s largest data centers. Click here to schedule a meeting with our experts and executives.
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understanding as the environment changes.