Adobe Flex V AJAX

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I'm starting to work with partial page updates and I'm looking at both Adobe
Flex and AJAX.

Any comments or advice on which of them is generally better?

The general impression I am getting is that Flex is easier than AJAX and has
additional possibilities but the downside is that you are tying yourself
into a proprietary technology, some many of the additional features are tied
into Flash which may have search engine implications.

I'm discounting MS Silverlight at the moment, perhaps I'm wrong to do that
as most of my websites are developed and hosted using MS software (Visual
Studio and W008).

Re: Adobe Flex V AJAX

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Ajax is the best way to update "HTML web pages", but Flex is a good
way to do Flash.  Even if you're a hardcore HTML web app, ou might
find yourself building status dashboards with Flash & Flex.

Wouldn't touch Silverlight with an old copy of Liquid Motion. If it
wins market share it'll be used to try and push an IE-only web (Bad!
Evil! Windows cooties!), if it fails it will become as invisible a non-
product as J++ or Microsoft Bob.

Re: Adobe Flex V AJAX

On Tue, 3 Nov 2009 08:16:15 -0000, "Martin Harran"

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Either.  I wouldn't worry about Flex for two reasons:  First, Flash player is,
IIRC, the #1 most common software on PC's
with something like 99% penetration in the US (whereas I have heard that
javascript penetration is 90%).  Second, with
Flex 3 being open-source and FlexBuilder3 being free, it loses a lot of the
"proprietary" drawbacks.

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I am preferential to AJAX. I use the jQuery library myself. Here's the
key: test with multiple browsers, with JavaScript enabled, and with
JavaScript disabled. Unless you're deploying for an internal intranet
with a set platform, never assume that the AJAX enhancements alone will
work. For instance, Googlebot won't see anything on your site that
requires AJAX to work. From the get-go, it's a good idea to get in the
habit of developing AJAX stuff that adheres to W3C standards, and
deprecates gracefully when JavaScript is off.

And, have fun! There's tons of cool stuff you can do. If you can dream
it, there's probably a plugin (or combination of plugins) for it.

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