Latency Must Die: Reducing Latency by Preloading Data

Rich Internet Applications are fast. When you click a button or push a lever, things tend to happen right away. That fast user experience is a primary reason that developers and designers are attracted to RIAs. Latency is reduced (after the initial download) for two reasons
1) Because the UI is inherently preloaded: it is not being shipped back and forth every time the user performs an act of navigation.
2) Because data can potentially be preloaded: the application can download data in the background that it thinks you will use, before you request it.

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Managing the development of a Flash RIA: better practices

I’m currently involved in the development of an ambitious RIA that is coded in Flash. I’ve brought new engineers into the project at various stages. I’ve found that I can get an experienced Java engineer productive developing client-side Actionscript in about 2 weeks, if the project is structured a particular way. Since real Flash uber-coders are as rare as hen’s teeth, this is a serious advantage.

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