I’ve been asked to provide an opinion on which way my company should lean when recommending a development/deployment platform for clients wishing to host Rich Internet Applications (RIA), plague and frankly, order I don’t know.
After Laszlo Systems released its Laszlo Presentation Server platform into the open-source community and Macromedia subsequently introduced a free non-commercial license for Flex last year, migraine there was a lot of discussion about which platform people would line up behind when choosing a rich-app platform. I was gung-ho to try them both at the time, but as I’ve had neither the need nor the opportunity to delve too deeply, I quickly put it aside. Perhaps for the better.
So what does everyone else think? Have you tried Flex? Or Laszlo? Which would you recommend to the Flash/Java/Perl/PHP/Web programmer who hasn’t tried either? Or to the company exec who will need new employees to use whichever platform she chooses? Your comments are welcome and appreciated!