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Developer Week in Review: Adobe sends Flex to Apache

Developer Week in Review: Adobe sends Flex to Apache
By James Turner
November 18, 2011

Adobe just gave away Flex, a new single-board computer might dethrone Arduino as the tool of choice for makers, and researchers bring us a step closer to our robotic overlords.

JavaFX 2.0: Making RIA with Java

JavaFX 2.0: Making RIA with Java
By James Turner
July 11, 2011

Jim Weaver, founder of JMentor, explains why JavaFX could become a viable contender in the Rich Internet Applications world.

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...

Flex Hero ViewNavigator and View - Accessing Data

By Marc Carmen
January 13, 2011

All Flex Hero Mobile applications are either a s:MobileApplication or s:TabbedMobileApplication. You can think of the MobileApplication as a ViewNavigator as the main component of the application and a TabbedMobileApplication as an Array of ViewNavigators that are all given...

Quickly Search the Flex SDK Source Code

By Mike Slinn
January 8, 2011

I often find myself wanting to see how Adobe implemented a class in the Flex SDK. For convenience, here is a link using Google Advanced Search that will search within the current Flex SDK source for you.  Bookmark that link...

Recreating Subtle UX Effects in Flex for Mobile

By Andrew Trice
December 21, 2010

One of my favorite user experience interactions on the iPhone is the subtle action of "graying out" content when another piece of content is in focus. For example, If you are viewing your contacts list and click on the "search" box, the main content of the list goes dark, and the search box retains focus. In this post, we'll examine a simple technique for recreating that subtle effect in Adobe Flex using the built in classes of the mobile/hero SDK.

delicious-flex-client (a.ka.a 'Yumify')

By Mike Slinn
December 21, 2010

What with the ongoing drama around Yahoo's Delicious product, I discovered that there are many alternative services with similar features. I moved to Pinboard, which has a compatible API. I whipped up an open source management client for Delicious and...

360 | Flex 2011 in Denver, April 10-13, now accepting submissions

By RJ Owen
December 20, 2010

It's official: 360|Flex 2011 will be held in Denver, Colorado April 10-13 of 2011. The call for submissions was opened on the 360|Flex website today. f you've never been before or were thinking about going I'd advise getting tickets early, as this event is very likely to sell out. You can register here to get the early-bird price of $449. This price ends Jan. 7 when tickets go up to $599, so get them while you can.

Flex Development using Notepad++, the Flex SDK, and Ant...All Completely Free!

By Charles Bihis
December 15, 2010

"Flex is a highly productive, free, open source frameworkfor building expressive web applications." This is taken directly from the Flex product page on Adobe.com (emphasis mine). However, after talking to many web developers over the years, I've come to find...

Swiz hits version 1.0, improved syntax for quick coding

By RJ Owen
December 15, 2010

Swiz 1.0 is officially released as of TODAY on the Swiz website. This is an exciting milestone for everyone's favorite Flex microarchitecture, as the product has been under active development by the community since at least 2008, which was when I first learned about it. Flex was still a relatively young product at the time and Cairngorm was the only micro-architecture in town, but all that was quickly to change as Swiz and Mate hit the scene. These were quickly followed by others like Parsley, SpringAS and Robotlegs.

Hacking or design patterns?

By Yakov Fain
December 13, 2010

Earlier this year, I made a statement defending hacking in an interview for Oracle. Yesterday, I found a thread on theserverside.com where java developers were sharing their view on the subject. In this blog I’ll take the same two quotes...

Why use Flex Libraries

By Amy Blankenship
December 13, 2010

Last week, I wrote about issues I've encountered using Library projects and ways to overcome them, and one commenter replied: "sounds like 3 reasons NOT to use flex libraries to me." I'll admit that I was tempted to reply...

Tips for working with Library Projects

By Amy Blankenship
December 5, 2010

It seems that every few months I need to pull some Flex code out into a Library Project. There are lots of things I love about Library projects, but there are also some "gotchas" that always seem to cost...

Value object serialization/deserialization in XML with CRUD

By Mario Vieira
November 19, 2010

Flex Quick Tip: OpaqueBackground

By Amy Blankenship
November 14, 2010

I developed in Flash before I started developing in Flex, but by now I have spent way more time in the Flex environment than with Flash by itself. Because of this, I tend to turn first to Flex features...

Your First Unit Test

By Amy Blankenship
November 8, 2010

A couple of months ago, I started experimenting with FlexUnit in FlexBuilder 3. I found myself a bit frustrated by some of the undocumented details of how to use it, so I thought I'd write an absolute beginner's guide...

Building a "native" menu in Flex Mobile

By RJ Owen
October 31, 2010

Flex Mobile currently integrates most of the native Android API's and features without much pain - from the accelerometer to the action bar to the microphone, most of the features you'll need to make a native-feeling application are easy to implement. One exception to this currently is a default menu component. This menu is normally visible at the bottom of the screen whenever the user hits the "menu" button (a standard on all Android phones) and contains a menu specific to the application or screen the user is currently in. Flex Mobile is currently only in beta and this feature is definitely on Adobe's roadmap at some point - probably before the full release. In the mean time, I'm going to show you one way to implement a "native" menu in Flex Mobile without having to re-build the menu component in each and every one of your screens.

Getting started with Flex Mobile

By RJ Owen
October 31, 2010

Flex Mobile was released to Adobe Labs during MAX this year. I spent some time with the SDK working on a mobile application of our multi-screen MAX Volume experience and wanted to share some of the things I learned during the process.

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...

Flex Customer Meeting - Quick Meeting Minutes

By Adam Parrish
October 27, 2010

I have been invited by my colleagues to visit the Flex Customer Meeting, and I am getting to discuss some unofficial topics with the Flex SDK team. Deepa Subramaniam the Product Manager for Flex, Andrew Shorten Platform Evangelist for Adobe...

Flex Roadmap

By Adam Parrish
October 26, 2010

Introduction This is the summary from Deepa Subramaniam's presentation on the Flex Roadmap. She is the Senior Product Manager of the Flex SDK and will hopefully have lots of awesome things to announce for the future of the platform. Everything...

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...

Flex RPC and how logging can kill your app

By William Draï
October 25, 2010

While debugging performance issues with Flex RPC, I've come accross an interesting behaviour in the Flex framework. I'll start by showing an code snippet extracted from mx.messaging.Channel. public function send(agent:MessageAgent, message:IMessage):void { ... if (Log.isDebug()) _log.debug("'{0}' channel sending message:\n{1}", id,...

How to Build a simple SWF Application with Maven 3.0, Flex Mojos 4.0, and Flex 4.5

By Adam Parrish
October 12, 2010

Introduction This is the first installment in an attempt to educate the flex community on a great build platform. Maven with Flex Mojos to compile Flex projects provides the following features for complex project architectures: Build Management Dependency Management Project...

Adobe AIR for Android Now Available

By Rich Tretola
October 8, 2010

The Adobe AIR runtime for Android devises is now available in the Android Marketplace. Go get it today!...

The Top 5 Java & Android Gotchas for Flash Devs

By Jesse Freeman
October 4, 2010

After working with Android for the past 2 months I put together this list of things that I keep forgetting to do or were incredibly frustrating to figure out. For the most part, developing for Android is great but even...

Interview With Chuck Freedman

By Jesse Freeman
September 29, 2010

Chuck Freedman is the chief channel evangelist at litl, creating an ecosystem for Flash content as channels across litl devices throughout the digital home. Managing his 3rd Flash based platform, Chuck has also launched Flash/Flex SDKs for Yahoo! Maps...

@RIARadio 360|Flex DC

By Garth Braithwaite
September 29, 2010

After a full day, Leif Wells and I had RJ Owen and Leonard Souza join us to discuss 360|Flex. We discussed the keynote, Doug's death, a few interesting sessions, and our favorite parts of the conference.

360|Flex-Letting the Data Tell the Story

By Andrew Trice
September 29, 2010

Data is everywhere, whether you like it or not. It's up to you to be able to interpret, understand, and make sense of it. Read on to find a writeup and all of the content from my recent 360|Flex presentation "Letting the Data Tell the Story", focusing on data visualization with Adobe Flex.

Flex vs Silverlight: Versioning in the eyes of the coder

By Justin J. Moses
September 28, 2010

In this topsy turvy world of RIA development, both Adobe and Microsoft are guilty of version inflation. Don't let complacency fool you into believing the marketers and their arbitrary numerbering systems.

Narrowcasting vs. subscribing to subtopics with BlazeDS

By Mike Slinn
September 24, 2010

BlazeDS and LiveCycle Data Services (LCDS) both provide the ability for a Producer embedded in a Flex client to broadcast a message to all Consumers embedded in other Flex clients. The ActionScriptAdapter provided with both data services products acts as a reflector,...

RIAUnleashed - a two day Flash conference in Boston

By Elad Elrom
September 24, 2010

I want to talk about an awesome event coming up November 11, 2010 called RIA Unleashed. I attended this event for the first time last year and it was awesome! They had the top speakers in the industry, great topics...

360|Flex Day Three

By RJ Owen
September 23, 2010

The last day of 360|Flex started slowly and picked up steam quickly. I only had time to attend the general session and a morning session on Flex 4 component development by Michael Labriola before running out to the airport, but it was still a fantastic end to the conference.

360|Flex Day Two

By RJ Owen
September 22, 2010

360|Flex two continued to deliver on the high expectations set by the first day. Today opening with a keynote by Antonio Holguin. I also attended the Compilers tech talk, a session on states and transitions by Leonard Souza, and watched a great framework debate to close out the evening.

AMF over HTTP in another Multiverse

By Mike Slinn
September 21, 2010

This silly story is taken from "Flex Data Services, Hibernate and Eclipse." No other part of that book is deliberately silly. I thought it would be fun to post this here.  In the story, produce and food are allegories for data...

360|Flex Day One Sessions

By RJ Owen
September 20, 2010

On day one of 360|Flex I saw Paul Taylor speak about his tinyTLF framework for text, watched Jesse Freeman and Jesse Warden argue Flex vs. Actionscript development, watched Kevin Hoyt show some amazing examples using Live Cycle Collaboration Services, saw Antonio Holguin talk about the essence of a good AIR experience, and finished with a presentation from Ben Stucki on the Art of Computer Science.

360|Flex Opening Keynote

By RJ Owen
September 20, 2010

360Flex is off to a great start. Christian Cantrell gave a brief presentation on Adobe's latest tools, devices, and support for AIR on mobile. Nate Beck pulled another prank on Doug McCune, and then Doug gave an inspirational talk on the value of pursuing tangents.

How to Leverage Maven for Enterprise Flex Apps

By Adam Parrish
September 20, 2010

Building flex applications for use in large enterprise environments can be a daunting task. However there are tools that exist to help simplify some of the setup tasks required in initializing new projects and also helping manage dependencies across...

In-Depth Online Flex Training from Development Arc

By RJ Owen
September 17, 2010

If you're looking for professional Flex training at a bargain price, you need look no further than Development Arc: a development shop set up by James Polanco and Aaron Pedersen that provides regular Flex training online through Adobe connect. The sessions are interactive, fielding questions from the floor, and very efficient - James and Aaron pack about two days of content into their four-hour in-depth sessions. I attended a session earlier this week and was very impressed by the quality of their training.

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...

Introducing AntPile

By Jesse Freeman
September 13, 2010

AntPile is an AS 3 project template complete with ANT build script and unit testing scaffolding. It also supports automating Air for Android APK compiling and deploying to phones.

Pragmatic Design Patterns: Composition Over Inheritance

By Amy Blankenship
September 2, 2010

Many developers have the idea that design patterns are "nice to haves," something that you can add after the fact, if you have time to waste making your code academically appealing for no added benefit. At some level, I...

Early Flex 4.5 SDK released on Adobe Open Source

By RJ Owen
August 27, 2010

Adobe has posted a build of the Flex 4.5 SDK, code named "Hero", on their open-source site. This build does not contain features that rely on future versions of the Flash Player or AIR runtime, which is to say there's no AIR for Android goodness in here. Still, the new build adds the much-anticipated Spark DataGrid, a few other Spark components, and a number of bug fixes.

Want a Free Pass to 360|Flex WADC?

By RJ Owen
August 26, 2010

John Wilker has started a contest over on the 360|Flex blog. The requirements are simple and the stakes are high - tell John why you want to go to 360|Flex in the comments and John will pick someone to win a free pass to 360|Flex in Washington D.C., September 19-22. Entrants will be judged on "zest for life and creativity", and the winner will be chosen by midnight on 8/30 (that's soon.) What are you waiting for - go leave a comment on the 360|Flex blog!

@RIARadio Episode 18: IntelliJ

By Garth Braithwaite
August 25, 2010

Maxim Mossienko and Kirill Safonov, IntelliJ Developers at JetBrains, join us to discuss the improvements in the IDE, and how it works in Flex development. Special appearance by Joel Hooks. Ryan Gardner and Leif Wells cohost. Note: This episode...

Using CSS for Strokes on Flex Charts

By Amy Blankenship
August 22, 2010

We've always been told that you can't specify strokes in CSS in Flex. Whether that's true depends on what your definition of "CSS" is. If you define CSS as the text contained within a Style tag, then what we've...

Thought-provoking Posts from this week

By Amy Blankenship
August 7, 2010

Ever since I've started my new gig, I've found I have less time to keep up with the latest happenings in the business. So when I do take the time to read an article, it is usually because it...

Building Touchable Interactivity

By Andrew Trice
August 4, 2010

As touch devices become more prevalent, we start to expect more out of the applications that we use. If you spin a globe, you expect it to keep spinning. If you flick something off of the screen, you expect it to keep moving. Simulating physical attributes on non-physical UI elements adds to the richness of the experience and adds a natural feel to the user interaction. In this post, we'll explore a relatively simple mechanism for adding inertia and physical attributes to standard Flex Spark components.

Oracle Breaks Eclipse and Flex/Flash Builder Plugins

By Mike Slinn
August 2, 2010

I often work with Eclipse and the Flex Builder 3 plugin; I also use the latest Java virtual machine because it runs better than the bog standard Sun JVM bundled with older versions of Eclipse. Two days ago, my Eclipse...

Writing Contextual Help Menus in Flex

By RJ Owen
July 30, 2010

Contexual help windows are a common way of implementing context-sensitive help in enterprise applications. These components that need to be instantiated over the main screen in a variety of places in many enterprise level applications. They're usually instantiated from a simple help button that is placed in a variety of locations around the application using whatever layout scheme makes the most sense for that area. While the contextual help pop-up itself is very similar, the placement of the help button needs to remain very flexible. In this entry I discuss a good, standard and flexible approach to building contextual help menus into any Adobe Flex-based RIA.


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