Want to know what was discussed in InitRia event?
The below content is copied from Mrinal (the organiser for this event). Very useful info.

initRIA: Round Up

from Rags to Riches by Mrinal Wadhwa


Last sunday, we from the bangalore flex user group organized initRIA, a conference for Rich Internet Application developers. This was the first RIA focused event in India aimed at giving the RIA community an opportunity to interact and learn. 65 RIA enthusiasts from various parts of the country came (we had registered a 115 people, but I guess many changed their minds, given it was a Sunday morning and the event was free :) )

My day looked something like this ….

  • 8:00 am: I reached the venue, Anupam, who came all the way from pune had already reached. Saurabh, from Honeywell, the man behind our venue reached soon and we started getting the big conference room at Honeywell set up.

  • 8:30 am: The room was all set, more people started coming in, I was amazed at how many came from outside of Bangalore, I met so many people, we had some very interesting discussions on various RIA related stuff. The video guy arrived and we were all set to record all the talks (i’ll share the videos when ready)
  • 9:30 am: We had about 50 people in the room, we decided we will start in 10 minutes
  • 9:40 am: I introduced my self and requested Abdul to talk a little bit about his experience with Rich internet Applications and were he sees them going in the future.
  • 10:50 am: More people had come by now, the room now had about 65 people, Rakshith started his presentation on AJAX titled RIAjaxified, he shared his experince with developing RIAs in AJAX, he explained different techniques of achiving richness and the different frameworks that he has used. I’ll ask him to share his presentation soon.
  • 11:40 am: During the QnA of Rakshith’s session the inevitable question came up, someone asked what is better Flex or AJAX …. many had differnt experiences to share, most experts seemed to have the consensus that both Flex and AJAX have pros and cons, use the right tool for the job, use them together if you need to.
  • 12:00 noon: Yash Mody, who also came all the way from pune, presented an approach to developing RIAs that they follow at Teknopoint Multimedia. I’ll get him to share his presentatiion as well.
  • 1:00 pm: The topic of testing Flex applications came up and Anupam did an impromptu demo of FunFx a flex testing tool that he has been using.
  • 1:15 pm: We broke for lunch, I met more people … Vivek and Mariam from the flashlite world …. Harish from One Big WebPoonam from Indiagames … Saran and Charan from Redd …. Sumanth, Adarsh and Punnuswamy from InstaCollSameer form the flex team … Imai and friend two students who came all the way from Tamil Nadu and many others.
  • 2:00 pm: Now came the highlight of the day, a demo of Live Documents by InstaColl CEO Sumanth. This just blew our minds, it was so good that I’m going to do a whole other post on the Live Documents presentation.
  • 2:40 pm: Bhavin started his presentation on Flash for Flex developers, he explained how he used to make RIAs in Flash before Flex came around, he then showed how flash could still be very usefull in RIA development, he then had a very cool demo of the Flex Component Kit for Flash CS3 … he showed a home designer application that helped customers visualize their future home, the application used both Flash and Flex.
  • 4:40 pm: Debabrata started his presentation on Caringorm … He explained why he found caringorm helpful, he then went into a detailed description of the architecture, his presentation was very insightful.
  • 5:40 pm: We commenced the Birds of a Feather session and people were invited to propose topics they wanted to discuss.
  • 5:45 pm: Deepak shared an example project and showed how he had used Caringorm and why he found it useful.
  • 5:55 pm: Ravi demoed Zephyr, which is test management system built in Flex, you can get more details of his presentation here
  • 6:15 pm: We were having some very interesting discussions, Harish brought up Bubble Mark, its results are very interesting, he was trying to figure out if the results mean that Silverlight is better at computations than Flash Player .. I am still trying to understand what these results really mean. if you have thought on this subject, do share them.
  • 7:00 pm: We finally called it a day
This was my first time organizing an event and I made many mistakes along the way and I hope to learn from them, if you have feedback do send it to organizers@initria.org


Many others have shared their experiences from initria here, here, here, here, here and here


One last time, I would like to thank our sponsors TeknoPoint MultimediaHoneywell for the venue and Adobe for the video arrangements.


I’ll keep everyone posted on the status of the video recordings we made, meanwhile check out the pictures Abdul took ….


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