In the last few years, web applications have evolved from simple HTML websites into engaging applications that provide a rich user experience. Adobe spotted this trend early and has developed technologies that provide some of the best user experiences possible. Adobe introduced the term rich Internet application (RIA) to describe these interactive web applications.
The two main Adobe technologies that allow RIA development are Adobe® Flex® and Adobe AIR™. Developers can use Adobe® Flash® Builder™ to build Flex and AIR projects. RIAs can run inside the browser or on the desktop (using AIR). Examples of these applications are available in the Flex.org showcase and the Flash Platform gallery.
Learning resources for faculty and students
These resources provide a combination of online workshop modules for self-study, course projects to apply the skills learned, and book recommendations to put together a course on RIA design and development.
Articles by educators and students
Steve Kurtz, Gordon Goodman (Aug 13, 2010)
The Department of Interactive Games & Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology offers a wide range of undergraduate courses to a variety of constituents.
Rick Toh (Aug 13, 2010)
Not long ago, rick Toh was with a subject team that led student groups to create interactive animations in collaboration with Singapore Wind Symphony, Youth Wing. Adobe creative tools made the project a success.
Bill Bain, Jason Madsen (Aug 13, 2010)
Frank Garofalo (Jul 01, 2010)
Frank Garafalo's graduate research led him to develop a multitouch table and explore a multiuser interface enabled by Adobe AIR that allows users to engage in well-regarded brainstorming exercises usually conducted with pen and paper.
Wouter Verweirder, Klaus Delanghe (May 19, 2008)
Digital Design and Media, aka "Devine," is a new, innovative bachelor's program at the University College West Flanders. The program grew out of interest in a study program that offered students an integrated approach to digital media creation.
Harald Koebler (Nov 01, 2007)