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GlobeReader: A Times Reader Clone

Posted by Sravan | July 21, 2009 | Comment

Ignorant that The Boston Globe has been owned by The New York Times since 1993, I wrote a snarkiest review about its new Adobe AIR-based GlobeReader comparing it with Times Reader 2.0. The home pages, FAQs, installation experiences, EULAs, the apps itself look eerily similar. Visiting their $PROGRAMFILES and $APPDATA folders hinted that it couldn’t have been possible without the two having the same development teams.

Had the NYT and TBG openly displayed where their legal loyalties lay, now that it has been 16 years together, ignorant readers like yours truly could have saved hours. But then I wouldn’t have […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week of Great Posts

Posted by Sravan | July 20, 2009 | 1 Comment

Jens made great points about how Adobe’s PR maxes out during MAX conferences and creates a vacuum for itself outside of it. I vaguely remember Cocomo, now AFCS, but Adobe Wave? A meme of Google Wave strikes my mind before each time I think of even Happy Dent Wave. Yes, everybody can take a leaf out of Google PR. They KISS.

If you are attending MAX 2009, you could help community members win free passes by referring them.

Ted Patrick shared a few nuggets of wisdom about memory performance issues in Flash. I feel serendipitous.

Sarah Perez made a thought-provoking post about […] Continue Reading…

JavaFX For Music Lovers and Musicians

Posted by Sravan | July 17, 2009 | 1 Comment

For Music Lovers: Sten Anderson’s Music Explorer FX is a JavaFX app that enables music lovers to discover new music of their taste. Start with searching for an artist/band of your liking. The search results will be shown as thumbnails, one of which you choose. Details of the artist/band like overall popularity and current hotness degrees, available tracks if any are shown along with six (maximum, I think) recommendations of similar artists/bands. The thumbnail of the main artist/band in the center also has options to go back to the search page, to see info like news and reviews, to […] Continue Reading…

Ulitzer the Unstoppable Ugly Side of Sys-Con

Posted by Sravan | July 15, 2009 | 2 Comments

Regular readers may remember a previous post introducing Ulitzer as the ugly side of media empire Sys-Con. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to do it now. Ulitzer was launched amidst much fanfare about four months ago with “over 6000 authors”, paid them “200% ad sense revenue”, all of which turned out to be a bunch of bunkum.

At that time, when Aral Balkan exposed Ulitzer’s misdeeds, Ulitzer defamed him along with Ted Patrick, libeled him, and the story died down, unfortunately, if I may add. The story did not get the attention it deserved and Sys-Con continues […] Continue Reading…

Adobe ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder Here

Posted by Sravan | July 14, 2009 | 7 Comments

Adobe released ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder public betas yesterday. The two new releases are a step closer to integration with the Adobe Flash platform since support for Adobe Flex (along with AJAX) started with the previous version.

ColdFusion 9 comes with support for Adobe AIR applications including local/remote database synchronization, but most importantly has several internal functionalities being exposed as services. ColdFusion 9 also comes with an AIR app for managing multiple ColdFusion servers from a single location.

ColdFusion Builder is the first ColdFusion IDE, Eclipse-based, thus deeply integrating with Flash Builder. ColdFusion Builder in combination with Flash Builder […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Google Chrome OS Week

Posted by Sravan | July 13, 2009 | Comment

The Adobe Flex team is collecting feedback on Flex 4 and Flash Builder beta. Take this short survey.

Fake Steve Jobs has a very interesting take on the Google Chrome OS. Ryan has a diametrically opposite view, especially about the impact of netbooks on the OS market. This article writer, however, thinks that operating systems don’t matter at all in an age of cross-platform runtime environments.

Ariel shared a nice tip on class design: Say the class name and the member names out aloud.

Jeff Atwood chronicled the evolution of Evony advertising and it is very amusing. Evony, FYI, is the Flash-based […] Continue Reading…

GeoWeb Flex Viewer Grows with more Widgets

Posted by Moxie Zhang | July 9, 2009 | 2 Comments

It’s been more than half year past since the release of ESRI ArcGIS API for Flex based geoweb viewers (Flex and JavaScript). I wrote about the design and architecture of the viewers and showed some real life examples. Since then, the community has taken it on and started sharing and contributing. Besides the widgets come with the viewer (RSS, LiveLayer, Search, etc.), there are very good and useful widgets created by the users for the Flex Viewer. The best part, they are all free. Here are some of them:

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Select by Attributes Widget
I created a Select by Attributes Widget, […] Continue Reading…

Google Chrome & Android Operating Systems

Posted by Sravan | July 8, 2009 | Comment

This is not an old Google Chrome browser is actually an operating system in itself interpretation nor another Google is planning an OS to swallow Windows rumor. At 04:05:06 07/08/09 (somewhere in the world) Google announced its plans about an operating system called Google Chrome OS.

There are, of course, not enough details in its announcement but Google plans to open-source its code by the end of this year and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. (Does that mean that users can themselves download and install Google Chrome OS on […] Continue Reading…

Trend Check on Flex, Silverlight and JavaFX 2009

Posted by Charles | July 8, 2009 | 1 Comment

On July 1, 2008 I wrote about the trend check on Flex, Silverlight and JavaFX. A year later, I am curious to know where the trend is going. So I did it again.To be certain and fair, I gave the full terms to Google Trend, Adobe Flex, Adobe AIR, Microsoft Silverlight and Sun JavaFX. This is due to there are other Flex information out there (such as Ford i-flex technologies) will help Flex’s search trending higher. BTW, I wish Google’s semantic focus will solve this issue. And yes, I added Adobe AIR this year. Here is the chart:From the […] Continue Reading…


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