Dan Mackey On ColdFusion Development

ColdFusion, Java, .NET, AJAX, DHTML development and general programming. Daniel is owner and Administrator of CFTagStore.com and works for an Application Development Company in Ireland called Digital Crew. His interests cover all areas of programming in multiple languages with a particular interest in Internet Technologies.

All Articles Posted In January 2008
2008-01-10 09:50:00.0

FeedDemon is now free. I'm happy and dismayed at the same time

I was checking my RSS feeds (using a paid version of FeedDemon) and noticed on Nick Bradbury's blog that FeedDemon (and all newsGators non-enterprise RSS products) are being released free.

While I appreciate why they are doing it, something inside me felt disappointed. Why? Cause I paid for quality software and feel like our exclusive little club is letting in free members ha ha Its hard to explain, maybe I am just paranoid. Along with HomeSite (originally from Nick also), FeedDemon is one of my top apps to keep me productive. If I lose it, it will impact my productivity.

This leads onto why I might lose it.  What if their enterprise plan does not work out? Will they start putting ads in the software? Will they discontinue the product and concentrate on the online readers? I hope not. At least with FeedDemon on Windows I know that I get all my feeds right away and not whenever the main server decides it has new feeds. Also, I have authenticated feeds that dont get synchronised online. I dont want to use an online reader.

If their plan does not work out, I will gladly pay for FeedDemon as a stand alone commercial product again. Its that good.

Now that my concerns are voiced, I must go into why it may be a good thing.

Finding valuable feeds is hard. The logic of giving out FeedDemon for free will give a bigger user base, which will give a bigger field of data to NewsGator, which in turn will suggest better feeds for me. I dont buy into the whole "I am afraid of my privacy" argument most people seem to be offering. The data they are accumulating and analysing does not in any way identify you as a person. It identifys a feed you subscribed to and other aggragated data.

I trust Nick and while he is still on board at NewsGator, I am confident that my privacy is respected.

I have always recommended FeedDemon as the best Windows RSS reader and will continue to do so as a free product. Coupled with the online tools, RSS has never been easier to consume. The iphone version of NewsGator online is my most used app and the fact it synchronises with my 2 desktop copies of FeedDemon (Work and home) means I am always up to date!

Anybody know how this will affect TopStyle? Will we see a free version of that tool aswell?

PS: Nick, if your reading this, can you blog more about your actual development of the product? My favourite posts from you are the ones where you give an insight into the programming, the algorithms and issues you face and your thinking when it comes to user interfaces.

Tags: RSS | Tools
Add to your del.icio.us    DIGG This!    Technorati Cosmos Link    Post to Reddit    Add to your Furl    Add to Blinklist
Comments [6] - Leave a comment
2008-01-07 16:08:00.0

Silverlight Vs Flex - Good article from a developers point of view

I found a very interesting article today on a subject that is of particular interest to me at the moment. I am in the need of a good gantt chart component (for integration with www.teamworkpm.net) and after searching high and low, have come to the conclusion that it may be worth building one myself. The nature of the component means that AJAX is out (I want it to be extremely functional and fast)

My problem is that I am not very good at flash. I tried Flex Builder 3 but I have a whole load of experience with C# so I was considering silverlight. I find the IDE of Visual Studio amazing so Silverlight in C# would be a very attractive option. The Flex Builder app (Eclipse plugin/mod) just didnt do it for me....

This article though has put me in 2 minds. They make the very good point that Flex has been along for so long that there are so many resources available to developers. And of course there is the added bonus of being able to deploy as an AIR application.

After reading the article, I have decided to put the effort into Flex development. Can anybody point me in the direction of the best Flex for beginners articles, samples etc?

Tags: .NET | Adobe AIR
Add to your del.icio.us    DIGG This!    Technorati Cosmos Link    Post to Reddit    Add to your Furl    Add to Blinklist
Comments [11] - Leave a comment