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Ask the Wizard – a learning place for entrepreneurs

Posted by Charles | March 22, 2007 | Comment

Ask the Wizard is a must-read blog for whoever wants to start something you own. The blog is written by Dick Costolo, founder of Feedburner. Dick exposes his very detail thoughts about building application for start, how to deal with allocating stocks of your baby companies. He goes very far to explains why his options stand the ways in the post. For example, the recent post is about his view regarding “release early and release often.” He doesn’t like it and gives a very long explanation. If you are a trending web developer, you should familiar with the “release […] Continue Reading…

Three Ruby on Rails File Upload Plugins reviewed

Posted by Charles | March 21, 2007 | 20 Comments

Hardly any web application this day won’t need file upload, mainly for all the media types, photos and videos. When using framework like Ruby on Rails, there are all kinds of plugins you can pick to speed up your development. For example, file upload, there are three major ones available. Which one you should go for? It’s actually a question harder than you thought.

These three file upload plugins are Acts As Attachment, File Column Plugin and FlexImage. The last one has nothing to do Flex, just you know. Before I start the review and comparison, I’d like say Ruby […] Continue Reading…

Real Apollo application – FlexBook

Posted by Charles | March 20, 2007 | Comment

Now you should have got the Apollo installed already. Here is something you can play with. A Flex/Apollo application from quietlyscheming called FlexBook. You can download it from here.
It’s a very amazing piece of demo application. You can well use it as a preaching application.

Once thing I have to say is that application like this is not something regular developers can do. It a creative work. It takes great Flash Designer + Flex/Apollo developer + ActionScript developer to come up with such eye candy. Therefore, we have to be realistic when setting the execution for Flex/Apollo application.

GrandCentral is hotter

Posted by Charles | March 19, 2007 | Comment

Seems Tim O’Reilly just discovered what I introduced you last week, GrandCentral. He really thinks GrandCentral could be the waited Web 2.0 address book. In short, I expect GrandCentral to become one of the premier Web 2.0 and social networking platforms overnight, and it’s squarely aimed at the heart of the communications device used by more people than any PC application will ever touch. Regardless, give it try while it’s still free. You’d love it and that’s why they expect you paying the service later on. I might. Perhaps most importantly, if this service takes off, it’s […] Continue Reading…

Adobe Apollo is out, launched and go get it

Posted by Charles | March 19, 2007 | Comment

  Apollo   Launched!   It’s ready for downloading for developers. Here is what Michael Arrington dude says about Apollo: I honestly believe that entirely new classes of companies can be built on this platform, which takes Flash, HTML and javascript completely outside of the browser and interacts with the file system on a PC. Photos, music, email and many other everyday tasks make a lot of sense in a single environment that is both local and in the cloud simultaneously.   I don’t need say more.

How well Flex / Flash fit into the semantic web movement

Posted by Charles | March 18, 2007 | 2 Comments

First of all, check out the (or wait to ) It’ll fill the big void of the “web as platform” trend. There was a good discussions at OReilly Radar, started out with their coverage on freebase. It’s about semantic web, which is Tim Berners-Lee’s Utopia web. Most of readers here love O’Reilly books. Just you know Tim O’Reilly is very actively preaching new technologies too. One way or another we’re dealing with more and more likely semantic web. As Tim O’Reilly said: The semantic web is definitely coming. But it’s coming through different mechanisms, I think, […] Continue Reading…

Again, Adobe Apollo Alternative – ZINC

Posted by Charles | March 16, 2007 | Comment

I accidentally deleted the previous post regarding ZINC of MDM. Luckily I still have the comments came from email notifications. I’ll just put them here again. ZINC is a desktop application development platform for Flash. It’s what Adobe is doing with Apollo. It’s more than a elaborated Flash projector, with a lots of ready-to-use lib for multimedia and communication Flash application development. You need ZINC for each platform to develop and deploy the apps. David Meeker commented: I agree Zinc in a good solution, but I certainly wouldn’t rely on it for anything mission critical. I don’t know […] Continue Reading…

Adobe Apollo Demo Vedio by Christian Centrell

Posted by Moxie Zhang | March 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

Here are some cool stuffs from an Apollo developer. A video clip on Google video. He showed the google mesh-up, Amazon mesh-up, etc.

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AJAX alternative – Flapjax – functional reactive AJAX

Posted by Charles | March 14, 2007 | 2 Comments

To make rich client richer, people try harder to come up with alternatives. Flapjax is one them. It’s a language can be compiled into javascript. It’s a template system that can make javascript page, it’s javascript library that make it like AJAX framework.
The code looks like this:

Hello world!

Hello world!

The mouse’s coordinates are
({! mouseTop_b(document) ||| _ !},
{! mouseLeft_b(document) […] Continue Reading…


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