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Rational AppScan For Flash and AJAX

Posted by Sravan | February 12, 2009 | Comment

The latest version of IBM Rational AppScan has been developed keeping in mind the growing security concerns of the Web 2.0 technologies. According to a recent press release, Rational AppScan Standard Edition 7.8 is capable of scanning Flash-based web content and applications and website built using AJAX to identify security defects.

With Web 2.0 technologies increasingly being used for e-commerce there has been a surge in cybercrime targeting them. Also, with many of the latest technologies still being in their early development stages, there is usually a greater importance given to ease of use and performance rather than security making […] Continue Reading…

Free Flex Book Chapters Download

Posted by Charles | February 12, 2009 | 8 Comments

 Flex In Action (FiA) is a book for coders who come from traditional web technologies, and progressively takes them on a journey of understanding. Flex can easily be frustrating to newcomers who are used to the ease of their current language, so FiA takes an approach of leveraging your existing skills by using examples that you can relate to in your current tech vs how it’s done in Flex. Two of its chapters are available for download. They are: Chapter 4 includes topics such as: How to layout your Flex components, Containers available for layout, Absolute and automatic […] Continue Reading…

Flex GeoWeb for NATO

Posted by Charles | February 11, 2009 | 2 Comments

Run into this cool presentation from last year’s MAX done by Peter Martin and Mansour Raad of ESRI. It’s called E-3A component that deal with the Geilenkirchen Airbase in Germany, where has the world’s only integrated, multi-national fly unit with 15 of NATO’s nations contribution and 3000 military and civilian personnel. More details in the video and amazing stuffs to domesticate the ESRI map API with Flex, LiveCycle Data Service and Oracle. Could be a good reference for people doing serious enterprise RIA.

Why Silverlight Lagging Behind Flex and Continuing

Posted by Charles | February 10, 2009 | 8 Comments

I thought about using a more provocative title like “The Charges against Silverlight.” But decided left it out because this is a serious technical discussion, not a flameware for eye balls. While getting deeper into a Silverlight project, the frustration I’m feeling grows. Silverlight 2 indeed is a big leap forward comparing to version 1 in terms of development capabilities for ordinary developers. However, if you have decent enough experience working with Adobe Flex, Silverlight is still a very awkward product within the RIA development context. Hence, I believe it’s still behind Flex. I believe if Microsoft does […] Continue Reading…

Parallel Word Processing With Textflow

Posted by Sravan | February 10, 2009 | Comment

There is a lot of interest on document collaboration today. Microsoft Document Workspace, Google Docs and Adobe Acrobat allow real-time collaboration. But Textflow is the kid in the block that has been winning accolades from all over the web.

Dubbing itself as a “parallel word processor” Textflow is an Adobe AIR app that makes document collaboration easier. Its features including revision controls make it all the more endearing to Information Developers collaborating on long projects. Watch the 1 minute video and the getting started flow diagram and you will know what I mean.

More than anything else, it is the […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week From Super Bowl to Australian Bushfire

Posted by Sravan | February 9, 2009 | Comment

The NYTimes created a little map built around Twitter showing the location and frequency of commonly used words in Super Bowl related messages. I’m impressed.

Ted announced the launch of new apps on Adobe Groups and promises of more in the near future. Jens shared the presentation of his talk about real-time 3D on the web.

Ethan Eismann thinks that reflexivity should coexist with iteration in design practice. Ryan thinks that status is useless without location and that everything on Facebook should be “geoized”. Good that I don’t use Facebook; I prefer the mystery. :)

WaiLam of the Flash Enabled Blog discovered […] Continue Reading…

How Cloudy is the Future of the Cloud?

Posted by Sravan | February 5, 2009 | Comment

Cloud computing is today a fascinating and challenging subject in computer science and a fast-catching buzzword with the online-crazy world. But how soon and how successfully can or will it catch up?
I am surprised at the rate at which people have already embraced the chance of trusting the web with their personal details. Ranting about employers through blogs, writing on the walls of Facebook, uploading party photos and videos on Flickr and Youtube, and answering the question “What are you doing?” on Twitter are one side. Using online tools to share documents and calendars, store passwords, and let friends […] Continue Reading…

Adobe Flash on Apple iPhone At Last?

Posted by Sravan | February 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

Someone once wrote that Apple has said ‘no’ more times than a virtuous teen. Be it banning iPhone apps for non-reasons or disallowing Flash to get its foot in, Apple didn’t seem to think twice.

Half a year ago, Apple began collaborating with Adobe on a different project and it seems to be going ahead alright. I wonder whether the vibes from the collaboration rubbed off with the exploding demand for Flash on iPhone. A few days ago, Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen, in an interview with Bloomberg News, said that Apple and Adobe are collaborating in creating a version of […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week

Posted by Sravan | February 2, 2009 | Comment

You have all no doubt heard about the 100 million Adobe AIR installs and 55% penetration of Flash Player 10. Good for Adobe, congratulations!, but I am finding these regularly pumped out numbers increasingly boring. Sorry.

Ted made a post about Adobe MAX between 2008 and 2009 after returning from MAX Japan 2009. And David was interviewed on Remote Synthesis, telling us about the AIR and Flex Camp Miami.

Peter Elst will be teaching Flash Platform technologies at the Technical University of West-Flanders and he stands out in the blogosphere. Congrats, Peter!

Theresa Neil compiled a useful list of 30 essential controls […] Continue Reading…


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