This is my first blog post here on SCN so I thought, let me introduce myself to everyone and say “Hello World”.
My name is Mrinal Wadhwa, I live Bangalore, I’m addicted to music and coffee.. and I build Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). Some of you may ask .. what are Rich Internet Applications? .. while there are many definitions on the web, I like to decide if something is an RIA or not based on the following criteria …
- It has to be an Application … something that deals with dynamic data, takes an input and processes it to produce valuable output.
- Its primary function should be to deal with data that lives on the Internet (or intranets).
- It should offer a user experience that is Richer than what we’ve been used to in the past in a particular environment.
If a piece of software satisfies the above criteria, in my opinion, its an RIA. If you think about these points for a little bit, you’ll quickly realize that “RIA”, even though a fairly new buzzword, is not a new concept …. Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Messenger, Gmail etc are all RIAs that came out several years ago. After some more thought, you’ll realize that in today’s context majority of applications that we build have something to do with data that lives elsewhere on the network, therefore the dominant factor that defines an RIA is the richness of the experience users have while using it. So if we oversimplify, RIAs are applications built with special attention to user interface and user experience.
As you can see, I love talking about RIAs and that is what I do on my blog … my posts here on SCN will be focused on the use and impact of RIAs and RIA technologies in the enterprise space. The increasing popularity of Flex in the SAP world is a strong indicator of the future of RIAs in the enterprise and I plan to use this space to learn and share knowledge on this subject.
Apart from RIA, I also plan on using this SCN blog to to talk about ESME, my role in the ESME team has been primariy around building clients.. I developed the AIR based desktop client and I’m now working on our new Web interface that is still in development ..so I hope to write about the technologies/techniques used in building the clients, possible use cases and also share my experiences working in the Community serendipity delivers value
I hope you all enjoy what I write and I look forward several fun filled discussions.