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Simplifying Django

By Meghan Blanchette
April 12, 2014

The following comes to you from Julia Elman and Mark Lavin. Julia is a a hybrid designer/developer who has been working her brand of web skills since 2002; and Mark is the Development Director at Caktus Consulting Group in Carrboro, …

Expanding the 3Cs framework for the IoT ecosystem

By Jenn Webb
March 20, 2014

Editor’s note: the following is an excerpt from our recently released book Designing Multi-Device Experiences, by Michal Levin. In this excerpt, Levin addresses ecosystem experience design beyond the four core devices — smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs. She explores ways …

How Setting Aside Rails and Picking Up Padrino Might Make You a Better Ruby Developer

By Aaron Sumner
December 4, 2013

I love frameworks. I love that frameworks like Rails and Bootstrap, in particular, make me more productive: People smarter than I have taken care of several decisions that distract from the typical goals of my web applications. I spend most …

Django Is Python’s Most Mature Web Framework

By Rachel Roumeliotis
September 26, 2013

Nathan Yergler (@nyergler), Principal Engineer at Eventbrite, and I had a chance to talk Django at OSCON 2013. We talk about why Django is the go-to choice for Pythonistas and about the growing technical debt that each programmer has to …

The Appeal of the Lift Web Frameworks

By Richard Dallaway
July 10, 2013

Lift is one of the better-known web frameworks for Scala. Version 2.5 has just been released, so it seems like a good time to show features of Lift that I particularly like. Lift is different from other web frameworks (in …

Where are JavaScript and the web going?

By Simon St. Laurent
April 3, 2013

JavaScript and HTML5 just keep moving. One day it’s form validation, the next animation. Then it becomes full-on model view controller stacks getting data from sensors on devices and communicating with back-end servers that are themselves largely JavaScript. Peter Cooper …

Understanding Mojito

Understanding Mojito
By Simon St. Laurent
May 10, 2012

O'Reilly editor Simon St. Laurent talked with Yahoo's Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz about the possibilities Node opened and Mojito exploits. Yahoo's Mojito is a different kind of framework: all JavaScript, but running on both the client and the server.

Christopher Schmitt and Simon St. Laurent discuss HTML5

Christopher Schmitt and Simon St. Laurent discuss HTML5
By Laurie Petrycki
April 12, 2012

HTML5 author Christopher Schmitt talks with O'Reilly editor Simon St. Laurent about why it's a great time to be a web developer.

Four short links: 4 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2011

Let There Be Smite (Pippin Barr) -- simple diversion for the 4th of July. It won't be easy for God to save America. (via Pippin's blog) Basel Wear -- to answer the question I know was burning on your lips: "what *did* the Swiss wear in 1634?" Impressively detailed pictures from a 1634 book that is now online. One...

A Pragmatic Look at Dependency Injection Frameworks

By Amy Blankenship
October 31, 2010

There's been quite a bit of discussion on my team lately about whether we should standardize on a Dependency Injection (DI) Framework, and if so, which one. Many of us who are "plugged in" to the Flex community tend...

Four short links: 7 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 7, 2010

The Way I Work: Justin Kan of JustinTV (Inc Magazine) -- I admit it, I had written Justin off as "that irritating guy who went around with a camera on all the time" but it turns out he's quite thoughtful about what he does. I try to keep the meetings small, especially when we're doing product design. If you...

An Introduction to Robotlegs AS3 Part 3: Services

By Joel Hooks
June 28, 2010

This is the third in a series of Robotlegs articles that will appear here on InsideRIA in the coming weeks detailing core Robotlegs concepts and working through some more advanced concepts involving third party utilities and libraries built to interact with them.

An Introduction to Robotlegs AS3 Part 3: Services

By Joel Hooks
June 28, 2010

This is the third in a series of Robotlegs articles that will appear here on InsideRIA in the coming weeks detailing core Robotlegs concepts and working through some more advanced concepts involving third party utilities and libraries built to interact with them.

An Introduction to Robotlegs AS3 Part 2: Models

By Joel Hooks
June 17, 2010

This is the second in a series of Robotlegs articles that will appear here on InsideRIA in the coming weeks detailing core Robotlegs concepts and working through some more advanced concepts involving third party utilities and libraries built to interact with them.

An Introduction to Robotlegs AS3 Part 1: Context and Mediators

By Joel Hooks
June 7, 2010

This is the first in a series of Robotlegs articles that will appear here on InsideRIA in the coming weeks detailing core Robotlegs concepts and working through some more advanced concepts involving third party utilities and libraries built to interact with them.

RobotLegs for Framework Beginners

By Amy Blankenship
June 4, 2010

Recently, I've been experimenting with various microarchitectural frameworks. I decided that it might be useful to others to share my thoughts as I work through this process as an absolute framework beginner. Last time, I tackled Maté. This time,...

5 Things I Learned from Flixel

By Jesse Freeman
June 1, 2010

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. In this AFT I will go over - 5 Things I Learned from Flixel....

Pass the EventDispatcher, Please

By Amy Blankenship
May 30, 2010

One advantage of being married to someone who does similar work, but with different tools, is that I can run ideas for my next post past Steve and look for places where my explanation doesn't make sense from the...

Refactoring with Maté

By Amy Blankenship
May 22, 2010

So, I lied last week when I said I wouldn't talk about the architecture of the example file I revamped to work with Maté. On further consideration, I thought it might be useful to go over it briefly, if only...

Four short links: 19 May 2010

By Nat Torkington
May 19, 2010

Google Hiring by the Lake Wobegon Strategy -- having just run some interviews myself, I recognise the wisdom in what they say. Another hiring strategy we use is no hiring manager. Whenever you give project managers responsibility for hiring for their own projects they'll take the best candidate in the pool, even if that candidate is sub-standard for the...

Mate for Framework Beginners

By Amy Blankenship
May 16, 2010

Over the next little while, I am going to be exploring some of the more popular Flex Frameworks, and getting into the nitty gritty of what you need to know to get started with them. I'm not going to...

Episode 9: Steven Sacks [Gaia]

By Garth Braithwaite
March 24, 2010

Steven Sacks joins us to talk about the Gaia Framework, Flash microsites, and why he may or may not hate Flex. Leif Wells cohosts. Listen to this week's podcast (m4a or mp3). You can also subscribe to the RIA...

RIA Radio - Episode 6: Shaun Smith and Joel Hooks [robotlegs]

By Garth Braithwaite
January 28, 2010

Shaun Smith and Joel Hooks of robotlegs fame joined us to discuss the creation of the project, explain its strengths, and to mention the best way to get started working with it. We were also joined by Leif Wells...

Validation in Flex with Hamcrest-AS3

By Joel Hooks
November 20, 2009

Hamcrest? No, it isn't a fancy sandwich topping. Hamcrest is a framework for creating matchers, allowing matching rules to be defined declaratively (from Wikipedia). Hamcrest has been used by many popular unit testing frameworks including JUnit and FlexUnit 4. Hamcrest-AS3...

Google Closure: a new way of developing in JavaScript

By Davide Zanotti
November 19, 2009

Preface Every day million people make use of Google products and these products are written mainly using one well known language: JavaScript! What makes this online software stable, fast and responsive is a good use of the language and an...

MAX 2009 Session Videos: Flex Frameworks, AR, & Best RIAs

By Rich Tretola
October 16, 2009

InsideRIA had three sessions at Adobe MAX this year: The Battle of the Flex Frameworks Returns, with Greg Owen; Augmented Reality within the Flash Player, with Jesse Freeman; and InsideRIA's Secrets of the Best Rich Internet Apps of 2009 (So...

JXT - Javascript XHTML Tags

By Davide Zanotti
October 9, 2009

First of all, I would like to thanks Rich Tretola and O'REILLY, for the possibility to write on this blog and talking about my project (http://www.jxtproject.com), I'm very thankful for that! ...and I'm quite embarrassed, because this is my...

Poll Results: Which Flex Frameworks would you like to see us cover at MAX?

By Rich Tretola
August 16, 2009

We asked you which frameworks you would like to see discussed at Adobe MAX this year and you responded with Parsley, Mate, Swiz, and Pure MVC as the top frameworks you would like to hear more about. Surprisingly Cairngorm came...

New Poll: Which Flex Frameworks would you like to see us cover at MAX?

By Rich Tretola
August 6, 2009

InsideRIA has some exciting news about Adobe MAX that we will be sharing very soon. In preparation for one of our planned sessions, we would like to know which Flex Frameworks (micro-architectures) you would like to see us debate in...

iPhone Dev: IOKit - The Missing Public Framework

By Erica Sadun
April 13, 2009

A lot of fuss has been made about Apple's public and private frameworks. Did you know that there's actually a public framework that you're not allowed to use? Here are the facts.

qooxdoo Playground

By Rich Tretola
December 23, 2008

Have you seen the new playground sample environment that was recently released by the creators of the qooxdoo JavaScript framework? My development life has concentrated mostly on development for the Flash Player over the past few years so I haven't been very involved in the JavaScript frameworks. So, the playground is great way to introduce someone, like myself who hasn't used the framework in the past to the qooxdoo syntax. The playground allows you to edit and run the sample code provided to help you get a feel of the syntax. Check it out at http://demo.qooxdoo.org/current/playground

Framework Simplicity Can Hide Pitfalls.

By Lawrence O'Sullivan
December 2, 2008

The complexity hidden by JavaScript frameworks ... and the "cool" factor can hide inefficient programming.

JavaScript Frameworks Needed on Your Resume?

By Lawrence O'Sullivan
November 26, 2008

In my first blog, I'd like to start with a question to the community. A freelance developer does a lot of interviewing. In one form or another, you have to make contact with prospective clients and convince them you're the...

FrameworkQuest 2008 Part 6: The Exciting Conclusion

By Tony Hillerson
November 22, 2008

Well kids, it's been a wild ride. We've looked at five implementations of a simple Twitter client built with no framework, Cairngorm, PureMVC, Swiz, and Mate. We've talked about important things like pronouncing the framework's names, architectural patterns, Inversion...

FrameworkQuest 2008 Part 5: Mate, the Pure MXML Framework

By Tony Hillerson
November 21, 2008

Let’s get this out of the way first thing. It’s Mah-tay, not M-eight. Like the drink, the creators of Mate, Nahuel Faronda and Laura Arguello, come from Argentina. If you’ve never tried Mate (the drink), you should - it’s tasty....

FrameworkQuest 2008 Part 4: IoC With Swiz

By Tony Hillerson
November 21, 2008

With a name like Swiz, it has to be good, right? Welcome back, friends, to part four of our ongoing effort to understand these four Flex frameworks. This time we’re going to look at Swiz, a relative newcomer, created by...

FrameworkQuest 2008 Part 3: Framework Agnostic Views with PureMVC

By Tony Hillerson
November 21, 2008

Last week we took a look at how to clean up our Twitter client by using Cairngorm to separate the concerns according to the time honored MVC architectural pattern. Now we’re going to see how it feels to work with...

FrameworkQuest 2008 Part 2: Get Control with Cairngorm

By Tony Hillerson
November 21, 2008

Carebear? Carhorn? What? Cairngorm is the Flex Framework with the odd name that’s been around almost since the beginning of Flex. It was created by a company called iteration::two, which went on to become Adobe Consulting’s European practice around the...

FrameworkQuest 2008: Introduction

By Tony Hillerson
November 21, 2008

FrameworkQuest 2008 Part 1: Take a Step Back Frameworks Frameworks, frameworks, frameworks. We talk about them all the time. What’s the best one? Which one ticks the most boxes off the pattern checklist? What’s everyone using these days? We talk...

Poll Results: Which Flex framework do you currently prefer?

By Rich Tretola
November 8, 2008

Well it appears that I was little off in my predictions. By getting over 30% of the vote PureMVC has lead the way, with Cairngorm taking second place, and Mate coming in third. I have never used PureMVC but your...

New Poll: Which Flex Framework do you currently prefer?

By Rich Tretola
November 3, 2008

Last week, we asked about AJAX frameworks so this week, lets see how you feel about Flex frameworks. My assumption is that Cairngorm is still the preferred framework of Flex developers, but I have been surprised before. If you review...

Poll Results: Which AJAX framework do you currently prefer?

By Rich Tretola
November 3, 2008

Wow, this was an active poll. After nearly 500 votes, with almost 50% of the vote Dojo is the clear winner. JQuery takes second place with over 20% of the vote and the rest share the remaining 30%. So, it...

Exploring the Strategy Design Pattern

By Sean Moore
November 2, 2008

The goal of this article is to help you gain a better understanding of the Strategy design pattern. The Strategy pattern is used to separate the areas of an application that differ from the areas of an application that remain the same. This design pattern sits on top of several fundamental OOP principals. For example the Strategy pattern uses the concept of programming to an interface rather than an implementation. Strategy also favors composition over inheritance. The reason you would use the Strategy pattern is to abstract an algorithm from a class and create a new class based on the algorithm. Using polymorphism the algorithms can be changed at runtime by the compositing class.

New Poll: Which AJAX framework do you currently prefer?

By Rich Tretola
October 27, 2008

The AJAX development community certainly has a large variety of frameworks to choose from. So, our new poll question asks which you currently prefer. I know that most AJAX developers have used more that one of these and may even...


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