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JavaFX Back in Contest

Posted by Sravan | August 6, 2008 | Comment

Or so it might seem. A month after JavaFX has been written off, having been called too programmer-centric and user-unfriendly, and our in-house trend check presenting its declining presence in the RIA scene, Sun made an announcement that makes a difference.

Sun Microsystems finally released the beta of a new SDK for JavaFX that contains three components: the SDK itself; a plug-in for the NetBeans IDE to help Java programmers build their JavaFX apps; and Project Nile, a bi-directional integration layer with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. (Nile takes care of collaboration between artists and programmers.)

The SDK is apparently still incomplete […] Continue Reading…

Create Your Flex Games

Posted by Sravan | August 5, 2008 | 6 Comments

I have never been a big gamer. But I remember sweating for hours at length creating my own stages in Tank and Lode Runner, and being thrilled while playing those as a kid. User-generated content in games could be the next big thing, and PlayCrafter, the gamers’ next big thing.

PlayCrafter is a suite of games built using Flex 3. From its large collection of components, one can choose and customize “pieces”, easily create a rich “casual” 2D flash game, and share it on the web. By easy, I mean drag-and-drop easy.

Users can also upload their own graphics for all […] Continue Reading…

Go Green with Black RIA

Posted by Charles | August 4, 2008 | 6 Comments

How can we develop green software with RIA technology? If green means using less energy then the main approach is to reduce the “richness” of a RIA. Here is an example and justification. Blackle is a skin of Google search. They believe the blacken screen will same energy. I’m sure they’d like to blacken Google logo if allowed. According to blackle: Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. “Image displayed is primarily a function of the user’s color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week

Posted by Sravan | August 4, 2008 | Comment

British Telecom acquired Ribbit for about $105M. Ryan Stewart already interviewed Chuck Freedman, Ribbit’s director of development platform, about the way it might affect developers. Ribbit, the self-proclaimed “Silicon Valley’s first phone company”, is an open platform that enables voice telephony in Web 2.0 applications.
The Flex SEO Contest Ryan launched early last month got good participation but poor results. “Google doesn’t appear to be indexing things very well,” he writes, one month after we all celebrated that flash is now searchable.
Snackr, a Flex RSS ticker, the RSS ticker in my case, now syncs up with Google Reader in its […] Continue Reading…

Best Way to Kill Your Friday Idle Hours

Posted by Charles | August 1, 2008 | Comment

It’s Friday! (for half of you I guess). I know you must have some idle time to kill in brain-dead way before calling it a day. I can’t blame you. That’s why I’m here to assist you with a perfect tool, the singing hourses, a Flash..um…something. You need turn on your speaker or put on your ear phone.

Breaking News With Flex and Google Maps

Posted by Sravan | August 1, 2008 | Comment

The apps featured on Adobe Flextv’s “App of the Week” have so far remained obscure. Few links—forget reviews—are discoverable. From now on, I shall try to cover these apps every Friday here.

fo.reca.st’s Breaking News Map was featured in Flextv’s second episode.

The RIA gets news from Reuters using Reuters Spotlight and maps these items with locations on a world map powered by Google Maps Flash API. A brief summary of the news item is displayed along with a link to the article itself. Built using Flex, BreakingNewsMap runs smoothly and gives us three controls: runtime of the app (in minutes), […] Continue Reading…

Fresh AIR is Refreshing

Posted by Sravan | July 31, 2008 | Comment

Earlier this month, Adobe acted in a manner that caused much furor across the RIA community. James Whittaker, an interactive Designer and Developer, was asked to give up his domain FreshAIRApps.com for trademark infringement. As some people then pointed out, it could be because copyright law requires companies to proactively challenge unauthorized use of trademarks or risk having them slip into the public domain.

Anyway, I have been periodically observing the developments in this scenario partly because I am one of its regular visitors and partly because… well you know it.

James has promptly bought a new domain, RefreshingApps.com. Until recently, […] Continue Reading…

Beautiful Flex Skin and Style for Sharing

Posted by Charles | July 30, 2008 | 7 Comments

I came across this site, Fillcolors, and really like it. I believe the reason Flex stands out and can keep that way is the creativity force behind it. Theme/Skin/Styling, however you want call it, is the bridge between creative designer and hard-core developers. At this sites, there are some very colorful themes in CSS that you can download and play with. For developers, the colors we care the most or first usually are the for code highlighting and syntax coloring. Recreating a Mac OS theme to appeal Mac user for you flex application? That’s hard comparing to write […] Continue Reading…

Trusting Adobe AIR Apps

Posted by Sravan | July 30, 2008 | 2 Comments

MeeBone, RichFLV, Snackr, Twhirl, Wallowr. I can think of three things common to these RIAs. All five of them are Adobe AIR apps, with an UNKNOWN publisher, reviewed on our Flex RIA.

Users are aware that anything they install from the web could be unreliable. Shipping your Adobe AIR apps (for that matter, any apps) after digitally signing them is a good way to instill customer confidence, especially because most apps need unrestricted system access. (You will also get an extra thumbs up from reviewers for not playing with their blood pressures.)

Security certificates can be obtained from any trusted third-party […] Continue Reading…


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