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Flex Ruby on Rails RIA SDK from Adobe

Posted by Moxie Zhang | September 6, 2006 | 1 Comment

A week after the my post on the releasing of Flex addin for Ruby on Rails from the Midnight Coders, Adobe announced the Ruby on Rails RIA SDK.the SDK is released as opensource project. It comes with a good example that actually using the WebORB for Ruby on Rails from the Midnight Coders. This opensource project is currently hosted on Google Code, where you can check out the code via Subversion.I love Ruby on Rails. A fully integrated Flex on Rails will be a godsend tool for RIA web developers. Go for it.

A Challenging and Rich Flash/Flex implementation

Posted by Charles | September 5, 2006 | Comment

JesterXL has a very interesting post gives very rich details about how he was trying to use Flash/Flex to clone YouTube. If missed this post while enjoying you holiday weekend, at least in the U.S. you need check it out. The interesting part was that the author tried very hard, a bit pushing limit depends on how you look at it, to utilizing what Flash/Flex offers. For example, he used Central as server side handler. That’s very creative and inspiring too. We need this kind of spirit in our Flash/Flex community.

Flash based full feature online desktop – desktoptwo

Posted by Charles | September 5, 2006 | Comment

The first of my 100 Flex ideas brought us a goody, DesktopTwo.    It’s not a Flex but a pure Flash based web desktop, same as Goowy, another Flash based web desktop. But the similarity stops here. If Goowy comes out to mimic Mac, DesktopTwo is more on the Windows side, in terms of UI and usebility. DesktopTwo does very good mesh-up job so that it provides richer set of tools to become a more complete web desktop environment. DesktopTwo comes with full integration with OpenOffice tools, including Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation and Sketch Pad. From my testing, the integration […] Continue Reading…

100 Flex Business Ideas – 1,2

Posted by Charles | September 1, 2006 | 6 Comments

Still can’t believe you have to mention AJAX whenever bragging about Web 2.0. It’s about time let Flex rewrite the guide book for web 2.0, or as Google CEO said “…maybe the Web 3.0.”

To contribute my share, let me come up with 100 ideas to start some new age web startups based on the Flex technologies.
Idea 1 – FlexTop, Flex Based Desktop
As I mentioned in this post, web desktop (or web homepage) is a battle ground now. There are hot plays like NetVibes, which recently received another $15 millions VC funding, and Eskobo, favoor, HomePortals, Pageflakes, Protopage and Zoozio.

So […] Continue Reading…

Things you shouldn’t be doing in Rails

Posted by Charles | August 31, 2006 | Comment

Gluttonous blog had a great post, Guide: Things You Shouldn’t Be Doing In Rails. As we know, or should have already known, Ruby on Rails is the hottest web development framework these days. Since there are efforts to integrate Rails with Flex, knowing what you shouldn’t do is really a great help to developers. From this article, at least for me, it gives a direction correction for the Flex for Rails thing I start working on. Question to our Flex developers, what we shouldn’t be doing in Flex?

UI Design Becomes Flex Adoption Hurdle

Posted by Charles | August 31, 2006 | 9 Comments

I should say the lack of good UI design becomes Flex adoption hurdle.

After several whoo and whaa Flex pilot applications and setting developer loss to developing some Flex applications, we hit the wall.

Most of the new Flex applications came out boring, dull and having usability issues. People start asking “what’s the point of using Flex…”, considering some overhead and learning curve invested.

Here are the problems:

Good tool doesn’t give good product by default – it’s very obvious but more than often people forgot about this. Tools provides capability. It’s imagination and creativity bring out good product. Just cut developers loss […] Continue Reading…

links for 2006-08-29

Posted by Moxie Zhang | August 29, 2006 | Comment

Enabling Enterprise Web 2.0 » Blog Archive » Opportunities in the “SOA-Ready Market”
Three things you should get from this reading: SOA, SaaS and UI. SaaS stands for Software as a Service, Saleforce.com is model of the business model. Good UI is essential for the new SOA based information system. I don’t think they should always link good
(tags: SOA UI trend)

Dr. Dobb’s | Development Darlings Step Into The Spotlight | August 25, 2006
The old magazine Dr. Bobb is getting trendy too. This artical provides some highlights for the latest trends in the tech world. It’s short and plain enough to […] Continue Reading…

Flex is on rails – WebORB

Posted by Charles | August 28, 2006 | Comment

I’ve been waiting and searching something Flex on Rails for awhile. Now I’m very excited to report that I found one as a great starter, WebORB for Ruby from MidnightCoders.

“WebORB for Rails is server-side technology enabling connectivity between Flex and Flash Remoting clients and Ruby on Rails applications. WebORB for Rails can be installed as a plugin into any Rails application to expose Ruby classes as remote services. The product provides a complete implementation of the Adobe’s AMF0 and AMF3 messaging protocols and thus supports any Flash Remoting or Flex client.

Flex Builder projects can be configured to use Flex […] Continue Reading…

Flash Startup Watch – Wablet – another flash startup knocking the world

Posted by Charles | August 25, 2006 | Comment

Wablet, a web based IM startup is about to launch.

Web IM is getting crowed with a queue of startups launched this year. A smell of the long list of social network sites. If Famster I mentioned yesterday is trying to PK AJAX in the social startups area, Wablet seems will have a great demonstration about what Flash is made of in the IM/P2P world.

They haven’t opened up the beta site to public yet. We’ll watch it carefully and try to dig out what the exact technologies behind the screen.


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