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10 Amazing JavaScript Image Libraries

Posted by Charles | August 20, 2008 | Comment

From time to time I’m amazed by how JavaScript is capable these days. Here are 10 libraries to make your images look better and stand out. With the good JavaScript support from Adobe AIR, they might same you some coding for images heavy AIR applications. I’m just wondering if there are a Flex library just does all the tricks? Loupe.js Did you ever want to add a lens to your page which will let you zoom into the images. This script will let you do that and much more using two versions of your image. Instant.js […] Continue Reading…

On AIR Tour

Posted by Sravan | August 20, 2008 | Comment

Until recently, I had no idea about this cool workshop that taught Adobe AIR. The on AIR European tour was an eleven city train tour through Europe where people could learn how to bring their web applications to the desktop using Adobe AIR. It was a hands-on experience for registered participants to learn this RIA technology from several biggies of the community involved in the event.

For those of us who couldn’t get to participate in the event, the official website contained a live view of all the latest content, blog posts, images, videos, and they are still available there.

Like […] Continue Reading…

Convert WebHelp to AIR

Posted by Sravan | August 19, 2008 | Comment

RoboHelp Packager for Adobe AIR, released recently after five months of beta testing, is now another gift from Adobe to technical writers. They can reach their end users with a greater appeal using this software, by converting their WebHelp files (created using Adobe RoboHelp 7) to an AIR app. This guarantees a richer user experience adding yet another feather to RoboHelp’s hat against the now obsolete WinHelp.

Help authors can package their content in styles of their choice using templates available with the packager. The auto-update feature allows you to notify/publish updates for all end users, and its enhanced workflow […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week

Posted by Sravan | August 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

Flex 3 won InfoWorld’s Bossie (Best of Open Source Software Award) as the developer tool for RIAs. Congratulations and many thanks to all Flex developers. Interested folks can contribute in various ways to the Flex Open Source Project.

Catalonia has Olimpics.cat, China has CCTV, but sports fans of USA don’t need to feel left out anymore. They now have TeamUSA to track Olympics events in a trendier fashion. James Whittaker of RefreshingApps recommends this AIR widget. Or you can simply install Silverlight (if you haven’t already) to view thousands of hours of Olympics video online, streamed by NBC.

Ryan Stewart has […] Continue Reading…

Google Competes in RIA?

Posted by Charles | August 18, 2008 | Comment

I’m talking about gxp, the Google XML Pages, which is in 0.2 beta. Competes in RIA space? Well, take it look at the Hello World code:<gxp:template name=’com.google.sample.HelloWorld’
xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml’
xmlns:gxp=’http://google.com/2001/gxp’>

<b>Hello,<br/> World!</b>

</gxp:template>
.csharpcode, .csharpcode pre
{
font-size: small;
color: black;
font-family: consolas, “Courier New”, courier, monospace;
background-color: #ffffff;
/*white-space: pre;*/
}
.csharpcode pre { margin: 0em; }
.csharpcode .rem { color: #008000; }
.csharpcode .kwrd { color: #0000ff; }
.csharpcode .str { color: #006080; }
.csharpcode .op { color: […] Continue Reading…

Develop Flash Application in Ruby

Posted by Charles | August 18, 2008 | Comment

There are this IronMonkey open source project that will enable Flash development using language rather than ActionScript. Here is another one, HotRuby. HotRuby is a Ruby VM written JavaScript (yes, it’s odd and interesting), which runs opcode compiled by YARV. Here are examples of developed using HotRuby: Pinball – Flash and Box2DFlashAS3 – Flash. But, don’t get too excited, as the project site on Google Code said: Most of the grammars are implemented. However, exceptions are not implemented. Most of the build-in functions and build-in classes are not implemented. Ok, we’ll wait.

Core Techniques and Algorithms in Game Programming

Posted by Charles | August 15, 2008 | Comment

I believe there are lots of Flash game developers and wanabes around. Game programming is really not about programming or coding. It’s all about applying algorithms to creativity. I run into this site gives you all the basic for game programming. You can scan through and see if game programming is your thing.
To even try to keep pace with the rapid evolution of game development, you need a strong foundation in core programming techniques-not a hefty volume on one narrow topic or one that devotes itself to API-specific implementations. Finally, there’s a guide that delivers! As a professor at […] Continue Reading…

Intuit’s flexy PaaS

Posted by Harry Vikatos | August 14, 2008 | Comment

Intuit, better known for its accounting software, is one of the latest entrants in the PaaS, ecosystem. It recently launched its Quickbase developer program, currently running in closed beta. What’s particularly interesting about it, is that it is based in Adobe Flex, as we shall see.

Of course, looking to assess the various PaaS offerings out there, I requested an account and got to playing as soon as I got my invite. Here are some initial findings:

First thing, as expected was to setup an application, data scheme and enter some data.

Compared with force.com, Quickbase is offering a somewhat better environment […] Continue Reading…

Market Yourself Using Sprout Builder

Posted by Sravan | August 14, 2008 | Comment

Widgets are in.

Sprout clubs all widgets, mini-sites, banners, mashups and other rich media Web content under one category called “Sprouts”, and provides an awesome platfrom called Sprout Builder to build, publish and manage these sprouts. These sprouts, which are just Flash content, can be embedded on any social media sites with a single click, and any website with a copy+paste.

This is a welcome opportunity for individuals and small businesses to market themselves better investing a little bandwidth and time.

Watch the video below for a sprout building demo.

NOTE: This is their first ever demo, released way back in Jan, 2008. […] Continue Reading…


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