Drugs, porno and rich internet applications

I “m working on a book on development of rich internet applications with Flex and Java. Since the first print run will have a limited number of copies, people want to make sure that they will receive the book this year, so they started placing orders in advance. Guess what, the very first book order came from a country infamous for its drug trade, guerilla wars and kidnapping. Even though I “m sure this reader will be using the book for developing one of these boring enterprise applications, it made me thinking of the software used in drug smuggling business .

Drug Lords are smuggling drugs all over the world. They have no way of knowing what kind of a laptop a local drug dealer will use while ordering the next shipment of heroin, hence their internet applications should work on each and every platform. Drug barons are rich hence their internet application should be rich as well. This makes a good case for Adobe Flash player combined with Flex and Java technologies.

Now let “s take a peek at the world of porno. This industry must be in need of RIA software more than any other. Flash player can play movie clips, the list of available titles has to look pretty, episode selection can be done using tree controls and drag-and-drop, and it has to be available at any remote village in the world, as long as its residents have credit cards. This is another excellent case for Flash/Flex/Java/Internet combo.

I “m sure that our book will sell well, but if the publisher would allow us to describe these two use cases of rich internet applications , this book would lead the Amazon “s bestsellers list 🙂

Oh well, my bus is approaching Lincoln tunnel, then a short subway ride in Manhattan, and yet another day of working on a financial application hellip; Life is not fair.

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