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Silverlight Hits on Android to Beat Flash

Posted by Charles | October 20, 2008 | 1 Comment

Both Silverlight and Flash can’t make a crack at iPhone to hup on it. In other word, Apple won’t allow them on. From all we know they both tried hard but failed.

Now Android phone (first gphone) is out. If Android is as open as it clamins, both Microsoft and Adobe have fair chance to get on it.

Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie, (the guy behind Silverlight) thinks that Android provides a better platform than the iPhone in that it at least allows third party apps to run in the background and with no big fuss. As we all know, Apple reserves the […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week

Posted by Sravan | October 20, 2008 | Comment

A bad start of the week. Just while I was happy that Yahoo! hasn’t been much in the news for troublesome matters in the recent past, I read about cost-cutting moves and layoffs (upto 3K jobs).

After last Friday’s JFXRacing, a very elementary JavaFX game, I surfed around a bit to see what JavaFX is capable of today. Again, something that is elementary enough for a layperson like me to understand. JavaFXpert James Weaver give just that, some perspective in JavaFX. (Note: The presentation, at least for now, can’t be launched.)

A couple of weeks ago, Aral had discovered that Yahoo! Pipes breaks […] Continue Reading…

Hot Investment We Should do or Should have Done

Posted by Charles | October 19, 2008 | Comment

GeoWeb with iPhone, Limited

Posted by Charles | October 18, 2008 | Comment

According to Skyhook Wireless over 300 Apple iPhone apps are location-aware as of October 3rd. That seems a big number for two years old iPhone, However, according to Mobclix there are over 4,000 apps in circulation. That makes only less than 10% of iPhone applications are location aware. From chart, the Social Networking, Local Search and Navigation Categories represent over 50% of the apps. Social Networking includes Twitter clients and friend finders like Whrrl and Pelago. Therefor, if we are talking about GeoWeb, the king of cool iPhone is still in the GeoWeb 1.0 age. Pretty much […] Continue Reading…

JFXRacing: A JavaFX Script Racing Game

Posted by Sravan | October 17, 2008 | 3 Comments

JFXRacing is a racing game created using JavaFX script. Like many arcade games and tiny Flash games, it can be quite addictive, and is especially helpful in fighting Friday boredom. I could get away with a, “I’m getting a feel of the JavaFX UI,” whenever a colleague dropped by my cube.

It isn’t explicitly named anywhere, but I’m guessing that the game is called “JFXRacing”. Strictly speaking, the game isn’t a race. There is just the user’s car zooming around an F1 circuit to beat its own previous best. For that reason, there aren’t any menus or options to restart […] Continue Reading…

Silverlight Breaking Changes Between Beta 2 and Release

Posted by Charles | October 17, 2008 | Comment

Reported by the Silverlight SDK blog, the final release of Silverlight will break your code. As Silverlight RC0 and release come out, you will likely run into some breaking changes in your Beta 2 or older applications. The MSDN docs and SDK that is about to release has a breaking changes doc that lists most of these changes; however, due to these docs locking down, they are already slightly out of date! Here is the word document has all the details.

Web Analytics Without Flash

Posted by Charles | October 16, 2008 | 4 Comments

Back in April, Yahoo acquired IndexTools, a provider of analytics software based in Hungary. Last week, that service has re-emerged as Yahoo Web Analytics, and is being offered as a limited beta to customers of Yahoo Small Business. Additionally, the tool will also be made available to select Yahoo advertisers. Web Analytics is not something new, I’m sure most of bloggers are using Google Analytics to get insight on how their blogs are perceived online. Especially for people in the e-commerce space, web analytics becomes the essential tool to understand their customers and what their customers want. […] Continue Reading…

Reload Flex Application From Itself

Posted by Charles | October 16, 2008 | 11 Comments

Here is a nice little trick to allow a Flex application reload itself. This is very handy when you are dealing with server side logics that need refreshing the application for something new.

The idea of this reload is via Application.application.url.
var urlRequest:URLRequest = new URLRequest(Application.application.url);
navigateToURL(urlRequest,”_self”);
The above code will do it. Nice and simple.

Google is Mad at us, or Is It?

Posted by Charles | October 15, 2008 | 1 Comment

Google’s feedburner did it again. Have you noticed that the count at the Feedburner’s subscriber counter on Flex888.com dropped from yesterday’s 1080 to 640 today. I don’t believe that we are even capable of pissing off that many readers overnight. I don’t believe Google cares enough little guy like us to be mad like this either. It happened before at feedburner. This reminds me how intertwined the whole web space is. We all rely on something else on the web with wishful trust but from time to time the reality thrown in our faces. I don’t think we […] Continue Reading…


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