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I’m Totally Moved by the Nature of Love

Posted by Charles | July 29, 2008 | Comment

I’m sure you will as well. Just watch this video…

RichFLV is Rich Indeed

Posted by Sravan | July 29, 2008 | 2 Comments

RichFLV is an Adobe AIR app that can edit FLV files. It is also the only FLV editor, according to Ted Patrick.

There aren’t many instances where one might need to edit FLVs, it being mainly used as the common compressed output format. But ‘many’ doesn’t mean ‘any’. You might simply want to edit all the fluff off your favorite youtube video.

Even if you aren’t the editing kind, the installer for the latest version of RichFLV is just 592.3KB, it blows up to 723.4KB upon installation, and it is good to have it on your desktop. As an FLV player.

Using […] Continue Reading…

Babbel Gets Money

Posted by Charles | July 28, 2008 | Comment

The startup I love and wrote about, Babbel, just received VC funding. Babbel is a Germany based startup for learning languages. It’s developed with the combination of Flex + Ruby on Rails + Amazon EC2 + Subversion + Trac + Capistrano + Agile process!! Beautiful architecture. According to Babble: Users can now look forward to improvements on’s one-of-a-kind features for socialnetworking and innovative vocabulary building tools in French, English, Spanish, Italian and German.The new tutorials offer learning exercises like fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice in’sdynamic interactive environment. Organized according to theme and proficiency level, they will befollowed […] Continue Reading…

Anti Flex Frameworks, Shall We?

Posted by Charles | July 28, 2008 | 5 Comments

Are frameworks healthy supplements or slowly-but-surely poisons to the young RIA world, especially beloved Flex? Are those design patterns the steroid pills or wight-loss metabolism justified medicine? Take a look at what Yakov Fain came up with based on the PureMVC framework: It is the PureMVC workflow Fain draw after exploring the code. I’m amazed and disgusted by seeing so many “junks” injected into a Flex application via a framework.  As Fain stated, “Overall, PureMVC seems to be over-engineered. The learning curve is steep, too many tiers, dependencies, singletons. ” Is that a common problem to all […] Continue Reading…

Randy Pausch Leaves

Posted by Sravan | July 28, 2008 | Comment

The much needed weekends can sometimes be so unjust. I was too busy enjoying my weekend to notice that Randy Pausch took his last breath on 25th July. When I read this piece of news early this morning, I didn’t realize how much he touched me until my eyes welled up with tears.

Randy Pausch was an American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design at the Carnegie Mellon University. He was the founder of the beautful Alice project and was named in the Time Magazine World’s Most Influential People List last year.

I saw his “Last Lecture” the first time […] Continue Reading…

Flex Programming Tips of the Week 0807d

Posted by Charles | July 27, 2008 | Comment

Keeping Rotated Content Clipped – When you are getting more towards the visual and media side of Flex you will have to deal with something like this. So, be prepared.Define Dynamic XML Literals by javier Julio – XML is first class citizen of Flex/Actionscript. However, from time to time you just want to do more with it. Here is a small trick to make XML literals.Flex Calendar Component Collection – This is a set of very useful Flex calendar components. Even better, they all come with source code.Flex removeChildByID – You’ve migrated from other language. You expect there are […] Continue Reading…

Twhirl: THE Social Software Client

Posted by Sravan | July 25, 2008 | 3 Comments

The Adobe AIR application Twhirl has proved its self-worth as the preferred software client for social streaming.

Social streaming is catching up. Who could have imagined that answering a simple question like “What are you doing?” would become such a wonderful alternative to the traditional social networking (which in itself is not exactly traditional)? This has especially clicked with bloggers, acting as a microblogging and marketing tool that is brief and non-intrusive.

Until recently, Twhirl could be used to connect to multiple Twitter, FriendFeed and seesmic accounts. This week, with version 0.8.4, it started supporting the open networking service,, proving […] Continue Reading…

What can be behind Flex?

Posted by Harry Vikatos | July 24, 2008 | 4 Comments

Focusing enough on Flex capabilities we shouldn’t overlook the fact that Flex is a Rich Internet Application development tool, and as such will almost always have to exist ontop of an IT infrastructure, providing data persistence, logic, workflow and messaging. Actually there is a lot in that backend stack, that makes a whole difference in the range between a flashy toy and an enterprise grade application. Things that every Flex developer should know when addressing different business needs.


Refraining a bit from coding tips, I ‘d like to give here the big picture of the various backend options to an RIA, […] Continue Reading…

Adobe on Youtube

Posted by Sravan | July 24, 2008 | 1 Comment

Ever since videoblogging became a rage, we have seen various kinds of official youtube channels coming up from the Royal Monarchy to Paris Hilton to FIFA 2008. Corporations whose modern marketing techniques now involve reaching people by helping and alluring them with inside information didn’t take long to catch up with the trend.

I am not sure, but Google might have been one of the first to use this medium, effectively, having started way back in September 2005. Since then, it has launched several channels like Google Developers, Life at Google, and Google Privacy.

Recently, Adobe jumped on the bandwagon and […] Continue Reading…


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