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Makeovers

You don’t have to just take my word for it that Flash can deliver RIAs; I’ll show you it can. The following section walks you through a few examples of rich Internet apps and point out both where they succeeded and where they leave a bit to be desired.

Broadmoor Hotel

This example gets a lot of airtime from Macromedia even though it’s not exactly state of the art. (It came out in 2001.) In any event, it’s useful as an example of an RIA because, for one thing, people can identify with the problem it solves—namely, making a hotel reservation efficiently. If you visit www.broadmoor.com and follow links to make a reservation, you’ll see a single-screen reservation tool, as shown in Figure 1.3.


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