There’s a whole host of (relatively) new resources available which either focus on providing information about Rich Internet Applications, or which aggregate the most relevant news from the RIA market. In case you’ve missed them here are the resources that I’ve been looking at recently:
RIA Buzz newsletter
This newsletter is produced by Adobe every six weeks and provides a good summary of what’s hot in the RIA market; with links to essential articles from the Adobe Developer Connection site, details of forthcoming events and the ‘metablog’, a round-up of what’s been blogged about within the community, this an invaluable resource to ensure you stay up-to-date.
The nice thing about subscribing to this newsletter is that you’re not signing up to get any other communication from Adobe – so all you will receive is one newsletter approximately every six weeks. If you want to get a feel for what you’ll get then you can take a look at the May 2008 issue online.
This site is part of the O’Reilly network and brings together some of the big names from the RIA community, including Andre Charland (Nitobi), RJ Owen (EffectiveUI) and Andrew Trice (Cynergy Systems), to provide news, comment and articles related to all aspects of RIA design, development and standards. This site doesn’t just cover Adobe technologies, so you get a good balance of coverage from across the RIA landscape.
There is a great 20-part development series entitled ‘Anatomy of an Enterprise Flex RIA’ written by Tony Hillerson that will be of interest to anyone who is looking to build a large-scale application using Flex, Java and Live Cycle Data Services.
RIA on Alltop
Finally, the newest of the RIA resources is provided by Alltop. The idea behind Alltop is pretty simple – collect news and articles from “all the top” sites on the web. There’s a huge selection of topics available on the site, but if you’re interested in RIA development then you’ll want to check out http://ria.alltop.com once a week to get a snapshot of what’s new.