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Google Moves Toward Adobe Flex

The SearchMash Web site has a new look

Open a new version of the SearchMash Web site.

This Web site is operated by Google. Just enter the word(s) and the search begins. Let’s do it together. Type Leonard Cohen and press Enter. It’ll bring you to a page with the relevant links to this great Canadian song writer and singer.

Click on the tab Video, and you’ll see a number of Cohen’s  videos without any Web page refreshes. Move the mouse over these thumbnail images, read the tooltips and find the song “Dance me to the end of love.” Click on it, and you’ll see a YouTube player on the right (no page refreshes). Put on your head phones and enjoy. If you haven’t heard his music yet I envy you, cause I already did.

So why this new Google Web site important? You may not know, but for many years Google was a three-language company: Java, C++ and Python. The fact that they are starting to use Flex is important not because it’s more proof that Flex is a solid technology for RIA, yada, yada, yada. What’s really important is that this can serve as a signal to a myriad of small software vendors that will now be inspired to work on what will possibly become the next killer application in Flex and maybe, just maybe, will get these small vendors on Google’s radar.

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larry w. virden 11/01/07 02:28:25 PM EDT

Well, I followed the steps you described to get to searchmash, then to leonard cohen, then to the videos. I then clicked on the video in question. What I saw next was the messaage "we're sorry, the video is no longer available". In fact, I've been seeing that all day from various sites. Perhaps youtube is undergoing difficulties?

Tony Fendall 10/30/07 10:48:26 PM EDT

I don't understand...

The street view components of good earth and google moon are done in flash, and that's just one example of things that have done which fall outside the three technologies you listed. We also know that google uses javascript regularly for things like gmail and google docs.

It is a good thing that google is using flex, but this is not the dramatic u-turn that some people seem to see it as.

Jeff 10/29/07 05:44:03 AM EDT

I can envision the Google Reader being rewritten in Flex.