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HTML5 and future of RIA

When Macromedia, now Adobe started using the word RIA (Rich Internet Application), might be there are few peoples in industry who visualize the future of RIA and experience desktop type experience on web applications. Adobe created development environment for such kind of applications development and also Microsoft and Sun created their own tool Silverlight and JavaFx for it.

As we know, in coming days, adoption of cloud based solutions is increased. And this momentum will be going to increase future of RIA, with few changes like tool and technologies going to be replaced by open technologies. To be specific, it’s going to be HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3. There are lots of features HTML5 has introduced which could be very effective to develop more responsive RIA solutions. There are few treads driving this change:

Web Innovation:

Browsers and core web technologies are change rapidly. HTML, JavaScript and CSS are changing to enable running applications with great user experience in browser without dependencies.

Web Performance:

JavaScript performance has improved dramatically in last few years and application performance is most important factor to provide great end user experiences.


Growth of smart phones and tablets is a major factor for the treads change. Support to build robust application using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3 and also continue to have strong support ( i.e. hardware acceleration of CSS3).

So now it’s clear, that in HTML5 will be future of Web. Adobe is committed to HTML5 and focusing in two primary areas, tooling and enabling more expressive web content. I think, in future Adobe Edge will be best tool for RIA applications. Yes for enterprise application it will take some time to get place with Adobe Flash and Flex. You will get some information from the preview video given below. So with great vision, let’s focus on JavaScript and HTML5 in the New Year.


You will get more information about HTML5 from here.

Enjoy RIA…. 🙂

  1. December 31, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Hey Bharat. Nice article but I’m not sure will Flash and Flex be replaced in years to come. Imagine DRM or DVR features – how to replace them with HTML5? Not possible.

    Can you compare Sencha development with Flex development? Still huge difference. I agree that Flash should be replaced in some areas. Doesn’t make sense to create slideshows and transitions with Flash or Flex. But for complex apps Flash will still be the best solutions. Can you imagine Farmville in HTML 🙂 ?

    The best thing that happened to Flash and Flex developers in the last 6-8 weeks was that we should know that we are not Flash or Flex developers – we are WEB developers. And HTML is basic tool for web apps. That why we should know what is the proper technology is the best choice for every project.

    I wish you all the best in the new year 😉

    • Bharat
      January 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Hey Ivan,

      First of all, I Wish You Happy New Year 🙂

      Yes, I agree with you. HTML5 can replace flash in some areas like animations and simple effects.

      I personally believe that Adobe Flash will be the best option for great user experience and games like Farmville. But yes as a WEB developer we have to choose best option to achieve our goal.

      Enjoy RIA.. 🙂

  2. josh
    January 1, 2012 at 1:18 AM


    However eager certain people might be to turn back the clock on the web, I think the main reason that html5 is failing to get anywhere is that the end user doesn’t care what technology is used to produce their experience.

    When faced with “this website is best viewed with [insert browser here]” they are simply going to go elsewhere.

    I don’t even want to go into the dev side of things – but I’ll say most of the devs i know that were enthusiastic about html5 soon realized the pain of cross browser troubles were too much for them.

    Anyhow, happy new year everyone. Whatever technology you’re using, lets make some great new experiences in 2012! 🙂

    • Bharat
      January 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Hey Josh,

      Happy New Year 🙂

      As there are other options like Silverlight and JavaFx are available in market but still Flash and Flex has its own place in RIA world. Flash Platform technologies are best than other technologies.

      HTML5 would be fine for simple animations and effects. But for large scale enterprise application and games, I love Flash Platform.

      Enjoy RIA.. 🙂

  3. awais
    January 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Yes I agree HTML 5 will be important for mobile and some simple animation and effects but for large scale RIA apps it cannot be a good option, and we know flash is improving as well and will be a good option as it is now

  4. gary
    January 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    HTML5 is miles away! My company are on IE 7. I believe IE 9 is the first version to support any of the new features. Even then its seems IE is behind google and firefox.
    Im sticking with flex

  5. January 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Adobe has already been focusing on HTML5 for some time now…………they launched the preview version of their HTML5 animation tool Adobe Edge some time back…..I am not updated with the latest status of this tool……….but used the preview version…..was pretty cool and very similar to Adobe Flash CS3 with timelines and all. Even Adobe has stopped the developments of flex and flash support for mobile devices. So yes, HTML5 is in fact capturing the market for smart phone. Currently the best features of HTML5/CSS3 are supported by web-kit based browsers- Safari and Google Chrome. Even mobile safari (iPhone/iPod Touch) which is based on the web-kit engine is supporting nearly all the new features of HTML5/CSS3.
    So yes, HTML5 has a lot of time before it can catch Flex/Flash in terms of API, features, richness but in case of mobile devices, with more and more device manufacturers providing web-kit browsers in their smartphones HTML5 is gaining market share as it is easy to develop and maintain and does not require an extra plugin to run.

  6. dami
    January 3, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Happy New Year

    Flex/Flash roks

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