The “WebORB Preso by Mark Piller”:http://www.johncblandii.com/2007/09/azfpug-september-meeting-webor.html was given tonight for “azFPUG”:http://www.gotoandstop.org. I knew the majority of the info Mark talked about having toyed with the product before but there were a few things I didn’t know. On the “WebORB Mailing List”:http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/flashorb/ I have made numerous comments about licensing (has been months but you should be able to find it in the archives). Well, now I see why it has the price tag(s) it does and definitely see the benefits of using it.

First, I didn’t know you could stream videos from it. That gives you Flash Media Server capabilities…very nice.

Secondly, I didn’t know you could use Remote Shared Objects (for sharing data between connected clients). [another feature of FMS]

Thirdly (is that a word? lol), I didn’t realize WebORB generated messaging code. So, you can go from 0 to 59 with the last 1 being your own custom UI. That’s great and for those not familiar with messaging, it is a way to allow data to be pushed to clients vs the client apps constantly polling the backend for data.

All of this is possible through .NET, PHP, Ruby, Ajax, and Java. Very nice!

The guys at “Midnight Coders”:http://www.themidnightcoders are doing some great work. I highly suggest looking into WebORB. Their admin console truly kicks butt!

UPDATE:
I forgot to add Silverlight to the technologies you can use WebORB with. 🙂 They haven’t released it yet but they are working on it.