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The new PHP

By Josh Lockhart
March 4, 2014

The programming language many love to hate is experiencing a renaissance. This is not your parents’ PHP. The new PHP is a more mature language with community standards, a growing affinity for interoperable components, and a passionate movement to improve …

Interface Languages and Feature Discovery

By Ben Lorica
March 2, 2014

Here are a few more observations based on conversations I had during the just concluded Strata Santa Clara conference. Interface languages: Python, R, SQL (and Scala) This is a great time to be a data scientist or data engineer who …

Don’t Allow Behaviors. Encourage Them!

By Laura Klein
September 3, 2013

As a consultant, I’ve talked to a lot of startups who have “social” products. You could tell that the products were “social” because they had comment sections and sharing icons that let people post to Pinterest or Facebook. Of course, …

Building User Interaction

By Cesare Rocchi
January 21, 2011

2011 Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved. This excerpt is published by permission of the copyright holder/publisher: Data Visualization in Flash Builder: Designing RIA and AIR Applications with Remote Data Sources, by Cesare Rocchi ISBN: 978-0-240-81503-9 Events As we have...

Top Ajax Technologies and RIA Frameworks

By Theresa Neil
January 17, 2011

The Gartner RIA Report in 2010 rated 22 Ajax technologies and RIA Frameworks. They define the Ajax/RIA market as "a set of technology offerings oriented to meeting the needs of application development teams to build systems that deliver a rich...

Taking the designer-developer workflow to new heights

By Steven Peeters
January 13, 2011

As a developer, have you ever been in a situation where you had a design handed to you by the designer in a file format like Photoshop or Illustrator? What was the first thing you did then? Maybe you took...

Using Flex 4 Clients with the PHP Zend Framework Server

By Pete Mackie
January 3, 2011

The key topic of this article is how to take advantage of the extensive server-side functionality provided by the PHP Zend Framework Web application server on the server-side side of Flex 4 client/server RIA solutions. You'll learn that bootstrap loading of Zend Framework and using selected Zend Framework components are very easy to do.

AIR For Android On Tablets

By Jesse Freeman
December 14, 2010

This was a big year for Flash on Mobile devices. Not only has Flash finally made its way onto Android, Android itself is taking over the mobile space in a big way. It is clear that Adobe has a vested...

Using jqTouch to make your Web Site look more like a native application

By Matthew David
December 6, 2010

Rapidly Building iPhone Apps without Learning Objective-C Objective-C, the programming language used to create native apps for the iPhone, is not an easy language to learn. While Steve Jobs espouses how easy it is to build an iPhone App (there...

Optimize Flash Content and Improving Usability on Mobile Devices - Part #2

By Elad Elrom
November 23, 2010

In this 3-part series for InsideRIA I will be covering best practices, tips, tricks, and other useful information to help you create optimized Flash applications for mobile devices. In this part I will cover the following subtitles: Architecting Manipulating...

Optimize Flash Content and Improving Usability on Mobile Devices - Part #1

By Elad Elrom
November 8, 2010

In this 3-part series for InsideRIA I will be covering best practices, tips, tricks, and other useful information to help you create optimized Flash applications for mobile devices. In this part I will cover the following subtitles: Flash Player...

Create your 1st Flex based AIR on Android Application

By Rich Tretola
October 25, 2010

Flex Builder Burrito is finally here and I know that you are chomping at the bit to start building Flex based Android applications. This tutorial will walk you through creating your first Flex Multi Screen application for Adobe AIR on...

An introduction to AS3 Signals

By Aiden Tailor
October 18, 2010

This article will give you a great introduction on what Robert Penner’s AS3 Signals is and how you can use it to let your objects communicate more quickly and with a lot less code than you would have to write when using regular ActionScript events.

Android App Development with Adobe's AIR 2.5

By Matthew David
October 4, 2010

Today, there are 5 Billion people around the world using mobile phones. It is a staggering figure. No other technology is advancing at the rapid speed the mobile industry is experiencing. As a frame of reference, there are only 1.7...

Adding deeplinking and analytics to your Flex app is easier than you think

By Dan Florio
September 17, 2010

Deeplinking: the ability to control the initial view of your application via the URL Analytics: collecting usage date regarding how users interact with your application. Two common misconceptions about Flash and Flex applications is that deeplinking and collecting analytics data...

CFMap, I have conquered Thee

By John Barlow
September 13, 2010

Normally I wouldn’t feel so triumphant about using a simple tag, but after the odyssey of undocumented features and behaviors that I have endured, you too would shout from the rooftops. What started as a simple idea and interesting...

Adding Rich Animation to your iPhone and Android Web Sites

By Matthew David
August 30, 2010

Both the iPhone and Android Web browsers are built using the same technology, WebKit. With this in mind, you can create Web sites optimized for WebKit that will run on both phones. The focus of this article is animation for the mobile phone. We will cover CSS3, SVG and CANVAS techniques you can use today.

Advanced Blitting: Bitmap Scroller for Web, Desktop and Mobile

By Jesse Freeman
August 16, 2010

Background: The Johnny Cash Project A few months ago I had the privilege of working on The Johnny Cash Project website at RadicalMedia. It was the last project I did there before going to Roundarch, and probably one of...

Creating Flex 4 Themes using Flash Catalyst

By Elad Elrom
August 2, 2010

Flex 4 introduced new skinning architecture that includes a complete re-work of the style architecture in Flex 4 components and allow to easily changing CSS or re-skinning the components. In this article I will give you an overview of the...

Developing Google Wave Gadgets with Adobe Flex

By Romin Irani
July 20, 2010

Introduction Google Wave is a collaboration platform that was announced by Google last year. It is a web based platform where participants can come together and collaborate both for work and fun. The developers of Wave have kept the platform...

What's this data about? Gaining insight on a collection of items

By Gabriela Perry
July 8, 2010

I remember the first time I heard of User Centered Design. It was around 2003, and it hit me as if the truth has been revealed to my eyes. Since that, I started to face interface design in a different way. I was a web designer, and at that time it meant I was a graphic designer using the internet as media instead of paper. And then I found myself in an UCD assignment - which ended up being much more difficult to manage than I expected.

PHP as a data source for Flex applications

By Robert Bak
June 28, 2010

A whole lot of people seem to be moving from web page development to building RIAs these days. But while the emergence of the new client side technologies is easy to notice, with names like Flex, Silverlight or JavaFX appearing more and more often in the context of web development, the move to RIAs also affects the server side coders.

PHP as a data source for Flex applications

By Robert Bak
June 28, 2010

A whole lot of people seem to be moving from web page development to building RIA-s these days. But while the emergence of the new client side technologies is easy to notice, with names like Flex, Silverlight or JavaFX appearing...

Behavior Modification for Developers

By Amy Blankenship
June 15, 2010

Have you ever found yourself avoiding rolling your mouse over part of the screen, knowing that something was going to pop up under your cursor that would keep you from getting on with what you were trying to do? Conversely,...

Top security threats to Flash/Flex applications and how to avoid them - Part 2

By Elad Elrom
June 4, 2010

Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) is a vulnerability that allows attackers to inject client-side script. XSS stands for many of the attack we see on the Web today. Attackers find some kind of a creative way to inject script into web pages, which than allow them to expose the user to many security risks

Flex 4 / PHP Data-Centric Solutions

By Pete Mackie
May 25, 2010

Flash Builder provides server-side remoting technology supporting ASP.Net, J2EE, HTTP/REST and SOAP Web services, PHP, BlazeDS, ColdFusion, and LiveCycle Data Services for streaming data to and from a Flex 4 client. This article exclusively covers the PHP server-side remoting technology principally with Zend's PHP ZendFramework web application server. New RIA client and PHP sever development opportunities are emerging using the newly released Flash Builder 4 (Flex 4) IDE linked the recent additions to the Zend Framework PHP Web application server for messaging via Adobe Message Format 3 (AMF 3) serial data streams.

AIR On Android Overview

By Jesse Freeman
May 24, 2010

At GoogleIO Adobe announced that Flash Player 10.1 and AIR for Android will be released for Android 2.2. However that wasn’t the only thing they announce. As of the 20th anyone can download the AIR Prerelease and begin testing...

Transitioning from Flex 3 to Flex 4

By Curt Staubach
May 18, 2010

Flash Builder 4 marks a huge step forward for the Flex framework and Flash Platform in general. But with these advances come a rather steep learning curve. Basic tasks in Flex 3, like setting the Application layout, no longer work the same in Flash Builder 4. In this article, we’ll cover some of the core changes and touch on the new designer/developer workflow.

Building Web sites optimized for the iPhone and Android OS 2

By Matthew David
May 10, 2010

Apple’s iPhone 3.0 OS and Google’s Android run recent branches of the Open Source WebKit browser. To this end, they are able to support technologies that are only just making it to desktop browsers. In this article you can...

Moving your Flex Components from MXML to ActionScript 3

By Jeffry Houser
May 4, 2010

Moving your Flex Components from MXML to ActionScript 3 I often hear it said that all the cool kids write their Flex components using ActionScript without MXML. I’m not sure that I agree. MXML is great for layout purposes. It...

Where the Wild Things Are: an Adventure in Silverlight (Act IV)

By Justin J. Moses
April 26, 2010

Late last year, I took it upon myself to learn Silverlight. You see, I’m both a Flex and a .NET developer, so it makes a certain sense. I’ve also spent plenty of time criticising fanboys of both genres, so here I am putting my money where my mouth is. This is the final in a four part series. We cover databinding, dependency properties, attached properties and a few of Silverlight's standout features.

Adding Rounded Corners to HTML with CSS

By Matthew David
April 14, 2010

Adding rounded corners to an object in your HTML should be easy. Heck, open up Photoshop or your favorite image editor and it is easy to around rounded corners to any rectangle you create. When it comes to creating Web...

Where the Wild Things Are: an Adventure in Silverlight (Act III)

By Justin J. Moses
April 5, 2010

Late last year, I took it upon myself to learn Silverlight. You see, I’m both a Flex and a .NET developer, so it makes a certain sense. I’ve also spent plenty of time criticising fanboys of both genres, so here I am putting my money where my mouth is. This is part three of a four part series. We cover resources, styling, templating and state management.

Principles of User Experience Design - Hello! Flex 4

By Peter Armstrong
April 1, 2010

This excerpt is from Chapter 4 (Spark containers, view states, effects, and styling) of Hello! Flex 4, by Peter Armstrong. This excerpt is published with permission. Principles of User Experience Design - Hello! Flex 4 User Experience Design, often...

Intro to Flash Builder 4 Workflow

By Jesse Freeman
March 29, 2010

Flash Builder 4 is the successor to Flex Builder 3. In a bold move by Adobe they are finally rebranding the IDE and by doing so they reinforce the notion that Flash encapsulates Flex and AS3 development. This was...

Flash Platform Services: Social Service

By Russ Ferguson
March 25, 2010

More frequently clients want to add social networking capability to projects. For example, using a persons Twitter or MySpace account for authentication. Or to have the application update a persons status and email a friend. All of these features are...

New Features in FlashBuilder 4

By Andrew Trice
March 24, 2010

With yesterday's release of Flash Builder 4, I decided to post my 3 favorite new features in Flash Builder. These are just a few of the numerous changes, and may not be new to everyone, but they are a huge boost in productivity.

YQL and Flash Platform Services' Distribution Service

By Russ Ferguson
March 22, 2010

The concept of an item online going "viral" is one that clients, developers and advertisers alike would love to hear about a project they are working on. In the case that something does become popular, how easy would it be...

Where the Wild Things Are: an Adventure in Silverlight (Act II)

By Justin J. Moses
March 16, 2010

Late last year, I took it upon myself to learn Silverlight. You see, I’m both a Flex and a .NET developer, so it makes a certain sense. I’ve also spent plenty of time criticising fanboys of both genres, so here I am putting my money where my mouth is. This is part two of a four part series. We cover graphic primitives, effects, animations and events.

Hacking Ribbit

By Mirza Hatipovic
March 11, 2010

Ribbit has been around for a while and beside Lee Brimelow's great introduction tutorial on gotoandlearn.com, I did some experimenting in order to achieve results needed for my application. Because I live in Bosnia and Herzegowina, it was a bit...

IntelliJ Idea9 ActionScript 3/Flex Workflow Part 2

By Jesse Freeman
March 9, 2010

Welcome to part 2 of my IntelliJ Idea 9 ActionScript 3/Flex workflow series. If you followed part 1 you should have a HelloWorldProject setup along with a HelloWorld module. Now it is time to learn how to compile our...

Where the Wild Things Are: an Adventure in Silverlight (Act I)

By Justin J. Moses
March 2, 2010

Late last year, I took it upon myself to learn Silverlight. You see, I’m both a Flex and a .NET developer, so it makes a certain sense. I’ve also spent plenty of time criticising fanboys of both genres, so here I am putting my money where my mouth is. This is part one of a four part series.

Controlling animation using CSS3

By Matthew David
February 22, 2010

Controlling animation using CSS3 Transition and animation control is new to Cascading Style Sheets Level 3, CSS3. With a basic understanding of CSS you can add animation to your Web site without needing to know complex JavaScript or use...

IntelliJ Idea9 ActionScript 3/Flex Workflow Part 1

By Jesse Freeman
February 15, 2010

IntelliJ Idea9 ActionScript 3/Flex Workflow As far as ActionScript 3/Flex IDEs go, IntelliJ is the new kid on the block. It is cross platform, is not built on Eclipse, and has some of the best code writing/refactoring features I have...

Effects and Animation - Hello! Flex 4

By Peter Armstrong
February 8, 2010

This excerpt is from Chapter 4 (Spark containers, view states, effects, and styling) of Hello! Flex 4, by Peter Armstrong. This excerpt is published with permission. Session 18 - Effects and Animation - Hello! Flex 4 In this workshop...

Photo Gallery Mate Framework, With Photo Caching

By Pete Mackie
February 1, 2010

I have been developing Adobe Flex-based RIA applications for nearly three years. My prominent need has been for capable RIA photo galleries. I observed over time that most Flex-based example photo galleries resourced photos—either locally or remotely—from photo files stashed...

Getting Free with GraniteDS

By William Draï
January 19, 2010

Following the two articles Getting Real with LCDS 3 by Justin Shacklette, this article demonstrates the GraniteDS open-source alternative and compares the solutions from the developer point of view.

Inside HTML5: The Browser becomes a first class RIA citizen

By Matthew David
January 5, 2010

Over the last decade the HTML has been trying to be a better RIA solution. First came CSS, then came AJAX and Web 2.0; but, it is not until now with the rapid adoption of HTML5 that the lines are blurring between Adobe Flash, Microsoft SilverLight and HTML. In this article you will learn about what is being included inside the new HTML5 standard such as Canvas, Video, and dramatically improved CSS. More importantly, you will find out which Web browser you should be using to take advantage of the latest HTML5 technologies.

RIA's go Hollywood: An Introduction to Integrating Video Into Your Application

By Tim Todish
December 29, 2009

In this article we're going to cover an exciting, and increasingly popular way to deliver an amazing user experience, video. Few mediums can grab one's attention quicker than video. Let's face it, people on the Internet have almost no attention span -- we've even reduced our conversations to 140 character chunks -- so the faster you can grab and engage the user the better.

28 Rich Data Visualization Tools

By Theresa Neil
December 10, 2009

We're currently working with a dozen different clients, all web application (re)designs. All of these clients have data rich applications and need equally rich data visualizations to help their end customers analyze data quickly and effectively. What makes my job really interesting is that these clients are in different industries and are using different technologies. So we have pulled together a set of 25 tools for creating graphs, Gantt charts, diagrammers, calendars/schedulers, gauges, mapping, pivot tables, OLAP cubes, and sparklines, in Flash, Flex, Ajax or Silverlight.


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