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feedflash – another attempt for Flash widget

Posted by Moxie Zhang | March 6, 2007 | Comment

This feedflash site has very simple and open way of doing widget, even be able to just by yourself. They might not be able to become a big startup but it’s interesting to learn how thing can be simply done.

The backbend is just PHP script handling retrieving RSS feed, using the well know lastRSS PHP free library. So really they didn’t do much of plumbing and wiring. The one swf file as widget frondend is developed using OpenLaszlo, which could be a small challenger to Flex because it is, well, OPEN. That’s about it, it works. By the way, […] Continue Reading…

A book on Flex with Ruby on Rails

Posted by Moxie Zhang | March 2, 2007 | Comment

Now you know we are pushing on the integration between Flex and Ruby on Rails. I’ll brag more about it. Here is a book worth check it out: Flexible Rails A PDF-only Book about using Adobe Flex with Ruby on RailsSome others, such as Adobe’s Flex On Rails, are doing it but not quite the way I like.

Flash File Upload with Ruby on Rail

Posted by Moxie Zhang | March 2, 2007 | 1 Comment

Came across this article about multiple file upload with Flash and Ruby on Rails. I know File Upload is always most wanted feature to sites deal with media. And can’t you find any site is not deal with media this days, images, photos and videos?

This one use Flash as front end and Ruby on Rails at back end to do multiple file upload. I’d like to see someone makes this as a Rails plugin. That’ll be SO NICE. Or, incorporate this with those existing file related plugins such as acts as attachment, file column and flex image.

Also, some interesting […] Continue Reading…

Flex needs Learn from Ruby on Rails

Posted by Charles | February 28, 2007 | 5 Comments

I’m a Ruby on Rails (RoR) fun too. Flex (or later Apollo) as a commercial product, even the framework is free, could learn from a lot from Ruby on Rails. Ruby on Rails started with a “bang” on great deal of quick and simplicity for rapid agile development. Then the ecosystem grows fast and strong. People start adapting Ruby on Rail based on the good amount of reusable “stuffs”. The DRY (don’t repeat yourself) concept really makes RoR HOT. Let’s see what Flex can learn from these reusable “stuffs”. gem :: the Gem is actually Ruby way of […] Continue Reading…

Cut – online media editing go mainstream

Posted by Charles | February 26, 2007 | Comment

I was very excited by the media online editing startup, Taglopps, and wrote about it. And now, online editing is kinda mainstream, tanks to Flash. Here is another one is getting great deal of attention lately, cut.com. If you like video editing and feel you have this burning desire for media creativity works, Cut.com is a good play ground for you.   They have enough functions including common video editing and voice over customization, etc. Of cause it goes social. There are some very interesting “cuts” to view too. Worth check it out. There are more […] Continue Reading…

5 Reasons Adobe should buy Youminis.com

Posted by Charles | February 23, 2007 | 1 Comment

I think Adobe should buy youminis.com. Here are the reasons:

Adobe is a tool maker who wants to get into application platform and enterprise system development. However, selling just tools is passive, meaning it totally relys on whoever use the tools for the revenue. They need a new way to build a new ecosystem for their products. Look what Amazon, Google, eBay or even Microsoft are doing. A online application distribution platform is needed.
Adobe decides they want to enter the desktop world with Apollo, then another big (getting bigger) desktop is, well, webtop. Obviously they need (must) get […] Continue Reading…

Google is not the Google we know anymore – Google App

Posted by Charles | February 22, 2007 | Comment

The week long waiting is over. We know Google is up to something big and they did it today. The Google App. Google App is a office tool set hosting service, type of SaaS. Companies such as Salesforce.com has been attacking the traditional software world for couple of years and made some good buzz here and there. Now Google App announces the new ear of software development, usage and deployment and declares the war against Microsoft. I don’t want to repeat all the features Google App has because you will find out from Google App. What I want to […] Continue Reading…

Mosoto – Finally a Flex 2.0 startup

Posted by Charles | February 14, 2007 | 4 Comments

The significant part of this startup, Mosoto, is Flex 2.0. It’s the first Flex 2.0 written startup so far (as far as I can find.) We should cheer for that! It’s built on top of Facebook API by several students. Don’t tell me you don’t have a Facebook account or myspace account. When you login, you actually login from Facebook’s API login page and it’ll redirect back to Mosoto. It’s in alpha and I can’t get it work so far. As a Flex application, the app initiation is significantly slow than those Flash authored applications. After finishing login through Facebook, it […] Continue Reading…

Call for Flex Lite – mobile application development

Posted by Charles | February 13, 2007 | 1 Comment

All American wireless operators envy the success of NTT DoCoMo i-channel. Since NTT DoCoMo launched i-channelâ„¢ in 2005, they have exceeded more than 8 million subscribers. And, it’s powered by Adobe FlashCast on Flash Lite. Verizon is so far the only US wireless operator embraces Flash Lite, just recently. I know we are J2ME shop in US when talking about mobile applications, specifically, mobile games. However, for delivering media and games online, is there any other technology can do better than Flash so far? Well, J2ME does better in term of development tools. We developers have Flex now for […] Continue Reading…


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