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Cloud is in Business, Business with SLA and no Beta

Posted by Charles | October 24, 2008 | 2 Comments

Amazon has announcement today that Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is now Generally Available and includes a Service Level Agreement (SLA). I would take this as general reminder to all the web players, especially the Web 2.0 crowd, that a beta version does has a limit life span. Beta has a end. Google, are you listening? This announcement makes those immortal beta seems very childish and is afraid of responsibilities. Yes, even Google need grow up. Anyway, here is what Amazon says: Amazon EC2 has entered General Availability (GA), after just over two years of operation […] Continue Reading…

May Simplicity the Richness of RIA

Posted by Charles | October 24, 2008 | 1 Comment

I came across this amazing video that tells how complexity that be taken for granted can be as simple as it shows. It stroke me that the same concept applies to RIA design as well. I’ve seem many efforts of RIA developments and designs emphasized on the first letter, R the Richness. However, the richness on UI doesn’t mean to be complicate. Many times the rich experience of using a web application comes from simplicity. Just watch this video. You might have the same zen moment as I did.

Unexplained Phenomenon – Simplest Electric Motor – The most amazing home […] Continue Reading…

Quick Reminder About Head Conference

Posted by Sravan | October 24, 2008 | 2 Comments

The web conference is to start in a few hours. The local conference hub registration is still open for the London hub according to Aral’s blog. I’m not sure about the remaining hubs in Brighton (UK), Manchester (UK), Fribourg (Switzerland), and San Francisco (USA), but at least the official website hasn’t changed the announcement that sign-ups are underway. Try your luck now before someone else does. The early-bird discounts are over, and the ticket now costs $149.

Those who have no chance of attending the conference in person due to geographical or temporal or any other reasons can teleport to […] Continue Reading…

GeoWeb in Cloud

Posted by Charles | October 23, 2008 | Comment

Mansure Raad had a very interesting post on how to create a Flex geoweb application using the Amazon S3 (the cloud). Several interesting tools he used:

ESRI ArcGIS API for Flex – will be released to public soon
Amazon S3 – If you don’t know what it is, shame on you. Heading here to regain your dignity.
S3Fox – a Firfox extension for moving files to S3

What Mansure did was to move the map tiles into S3 and redirect the Flex application to retrieve the tiles from there.

This is a simple demo but it opens a big door for many possibilities. Just […] Continue Reading…

Problems With the Adobe Website

Posted by Sravan | October 23, 2008 | 11 Comments

Adobe.com is a major source for my information. Be it news or new releases or issues or anything directly related to Adobe, I try to cross-check it with some document in the website. Not because it is infallible, but because it is an official source. Often, I spend most of my time on the website chasing a lot of red herrings, hopping from one page to another in an attempt to find what I’m looking for.

First off, it is a very slow site for such a large web organization. Many pages take an unusually long time to load. Navigation […] Continue Reading…

Flex Drill Down Charts

Posted by Charles | October 22, 2008 | 3 Comments

The shout “Drill, Baby, Drill” reminded me to put out the Flex drill down chart sample. One benefit of applying RIA technologies is for data visualization. Flex framework comes with fairly rich set of charting tools. A drill down chart is very good way of looking into data from different levels. If you happened to like to shout “Drill, Flex, Drill” then here is the example. As you can see there are two charts, pie chart and bar chart. The sample embedded inside the code is sort of census data (population) for different counties with different age […] Continue Reading…

Microsoft Silverlight 2.0

Posted by Sravan | October 22, 2008 | Comment

With my focus still mainly on Adobe technologies, I haven’t noticed that Microsoft had released Silverlight 2.0 a day before Adobe released Flash Player 10.

Silverlight 2.0 provides expanded support for .NET allowing developers to build RIAs using Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython or IronRuby. This could be Silverlight’s USP, at least for a while, because such freedom is apparently not found in any other runtimes.

Easy navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery is enabled through the “deep zoom” feature. Apart from this, there are new powerful built-in controls including DataGrid, ListBox, Slider, ScrollViewer and Calendar controls, and advanced skinning and templating […] Continue Reading…

Using Flash in JavaScript App to Store Data Locally

Posted by Charles | October 21, 2008 | 1 Comment

There are many reasons sometimes you want to store data locally to a user’s computer from a JavaScript application. JavaScript/HTML doesn’t have too much choice excepting using cookies. Of cause unless you use the more elaborate solution such Google Gear. Otherwise, the other option would be using Flash.

This Japanese dude create small JS/Flash utility you can use within a HTML/JS application to easily store local data.

You can download this utility from here. Once you unziip it you can play the test.html to see how it works.

To use it inside your application, copy these three files into you web app […] Continue Reading…

No Diggs for DiggTop Yet

Posted by Sravan | October 21, 2008 | 2 Comments

I realize that this AIR application has been around for a year and a half, and I expect it to have been at its most popular around six months ago when it had been placed on the Adobe AIR Marketplace, but DiggTop caught my attention only now.

When Digg announced its Digg API Contest last year, the developers at GSkinner used Adobe Flex, Adobe AIR (then still Apollo), and Digg API to create a useful little app that allows Diggers to get their custom feeds from Digg to their desktop. Not only the summaries of news stories, but also images […] Continue Reading…


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