Adobe Readies New Servers,

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2007-10-03 Print this article Print

Services, Tools"> Next, Andrew Shebanow, an engineering manager at Adobe, took the stage to demonstrate Share, a new service that makes it easy for people to share files. Share gives users a gigabyte of storage, but "its not just a drive in the sky," Shebanow said. "This product is like FlashPaper on steroids." And Share offers a full set of REST (representational state transfer) APIs. The Share APIs enable developers to do things like upload and download documents, share documents as URLs, set permissions on documents, retrieve document thumbnails and retrieve Flash-based document previews, Shebanow said.
"This will allow for some really interesting mashups," he added.
Share is now in beta and is expected to become a live service in 2008. Danielle Deibler, an engineering manager at Adobe, gave the next service demonstration. Deibler demonstrated Pacifica, the code name for an Adobe service for developers to integrate high-quality voice, messaging and presence into Adobe Flash and Flex applications. Deibler demonstrated the Pacifica service during a live video connection with Adobe engineer Dominic Sagolla. Sagolla said the technology got its name because he and others on the team are surfers and Pacifica, Calif., is the location of some good surfing waters, particularly for beginners, "so we were thinking Pacifica 1.0," he said. "Were going to ride this incredible wave of voice on the Internet," he said. The initial version of the technology will have high-quality voice chat, text instant messaging, presence, NAT (Network Address Translation)/firewall traversal, AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)/HTML and Flash/Flex capabilities, Deibler said. Read more here about the future of Flash, Flex and AIR. Over the next year, Adobe plans to add video chat, peer-to-peer, Adobe AIR support and PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) access capabilities, Deibler said. "This sounds a lot like Skype to me," said Ron Schmelzer, an analyst with ZapThink, in Baltimore. A private beta of Pacifica is starting in October and the Pacifica team is looking "for developers who have exciting rich internet applications that need a voice component," Deibler said. The team also is hiring, she said. Nigel Pegg, a software engineer at Adobe, then demonstrated the CoCoMo service. CoCoMo is based on Adobes Acrobat Connect—formerly known as Adobe Breeze, which has been one of Adobes most successful hosted services, Pegg said. Adobe CoCoMo is a service for integrating real-time collaboration such as screen sharing and white-boarding to applications. "Over the last year and a half weve been working furiously on a new version of Connect," Pegg said. "We rebuilt the entire client UI in Flex and its a set of UI components." CoCoMo connects as a service with APIs for real time data messaging, real time AV (audio, video) streaming, user identity presence and permissions, and real-time file publishing and collaboration, Pegg said. "As you can see there is some excellent work happening in services here—all running live code," Lynch said. "This is really just the beginning." In a sneak peak session later on Oct. 2, Lynch and others showed a host of upcoming technology including VOIP technology in the Flash Player, Flash Home, an online version of Photoshop, Flex on Linux, Flash on C/C++ and a new version of Flash known as Astro. Meanwhile, Lynch also said Adobe is working to tap the back end portion of the IT business. "Business logic is being written over and over again…, so were working to bake some of these patterns into software," Lynch said. "We see the future as the best reuse of server-side logic. Finally, Steven Webster, an Adobe engineer, demonstrated Adobe LiveCycle ES, the companys back-end server "to a rich front end," he said. "You can take your investment in rich Internet applications to the next level by platforming it on LiveCycle ES." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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