Archive for June, 2005

Macromedia Announces the Flash Platform

By now, you may have heard that Macromedia announced the Flash
today. What exactly is the Flash Platform? From the Flash
Platform home page

It’s a lightweight, cross-platform runtime that can be used not just for rich
media, but also for enterprise applications, communications, and mobile applications.

Basically, the Flash Platform is the entire Flash package, from tools to servers
to complete solutions to the Flash Player itself. Yes, the
Flash Platform has technically been around for years, so what exactly are we announcing
today? The Flash Platform has been maturing into the entire end-to-end
solution that we are formally announcing today. With each release of Flash, the Flash
Player, and other tools like Flex (and upcoming Zorn),
we have been piecing together what has become a complete, mature platform for content,
applications, and entire solutions.

Check out the Flash Platform home
for more information, and in particular, Kevin
Lynch’s white paper

What Have We Learned From the Google Web Accelerator?

At the beginning of May, Google launched their Web Accelerator beta. A couple of weeks later, the beta was suspended with the message "Thank you for your interest in Google Web Accelerator. We have currently reached our maximum capacity of users and are actively working to increase the number of users we can support." The Web Accelerator had been receiving a lot of criticism around the web because of some of the techniques it was using to speed up browsing, like pre-fetching. In theory, pre-fetching URLs is not a bad thing, and according to the RFCs, Google was doing the right thing. In practice, however, it caused all kinds of problems since browsers were pre-fetching links in admin applications that would do things like cause records to be automatically deleted or otherwise altered.

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