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Flex Programming Tips of the Week 0806B

Posted by Charles | June 17, 2008 | Comment

Flex Framework Source in the Debugger – Java developers had been enjoying the Java SDK level of debugging for a long time. This step by step instruction tells how to do the same type of core source debugging with Flex SDK source. The more you do Flex, the better chance you will need this. Drawing in Flex with UIComponent – This is the part 2 of the mini series. There are full of creative developers in the Flex camp. That means there is a good chance you want to draw on an UIComponent sometimes to relish your artistic spirit […] Continue Reading…

10 Flex Debugging Tools and Frameworks

Posted by Sravan | June 17, 2008 | 5 Comments

1. Adobe Flex Builder 3
Flex Builder 3 is the biggest tool available for a Flex developer’s tool kit. Armed with an array of features that can speed up the development, the inherent debugger, the memory profiler, and the performance profiler are especially valuable for debugging and improving your applications.

It is not free, but worth a buy. Try the trial version first.

2. fdb
% cd $FLEX_INSTALL_DIR/bin
% fdb
You’ve started the Flex command-line debugger now. Use the ‘help’ and ‘tutorial’ commands and explore further. It has useful features, is easy to learn, and quick to use.

3. FlexLib
The FlexLib project is a huge effort […] Continue Reading…

Upgrade Silverlight to Work with Firefox 3

Posted by Ross | June 17, 2008 | Comment

Today is the day we have all been waiting for; Firefox 3 is finally here! There is only one little problem and fortunately it is easily fixed. The forthcoming Firefox 3 release will break some Silverlight 1.0 installation experience on web sites that used the original Silverlight 1.0 SDK Silverlight.js file.
Fortunately Microsoft has anticipated this problem with Silverlight and the Silverlight 2 Software Development Kit has an updated Silverlight.js file that not only solves this problem for all versions of Silverlight but also eliminates browser restart that was previously needed for new installs.
So to make sure that your Silverlight […] Continue Reading…

Adobe & Apple Working Together

Posted by Sravan | June 16, 2008 | 3 Comments

While the net is abuzz with speculation that the new Apple iPhone 3G may be flash-enabled, an official confirmation came during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference that Adobe and Apple are working together. Only, this is a very different project — a project to port the Mac OS X implementation of the Standard Widget Toolkit to Cocoa.

SWT is a cross-platform GUI tool that allows Java apps to have a native GUI on each supported platform, and Cocoa is Apple’s native object-oriented application programming environment for the Mac OS X operating system. SWT is currently implemented via Carbon on OS X, […] Continue Reading…

Does FlexBuilder 3.0 Cause Unrealistic Expectations?

Posted by Ross | June 16, 2008 | 2 Comments

Dolores Joya Moore likes FlexBuilder 3.0. She is a graphic designer and uses it to mock up projects for clients. Then she passes the project off to developers. The question is does the advanced UI mock-up she provides give the client the impression that building the UI is too easy?

You want to show your client what you can do with your RIAs but at the same time you don’t want them to expect too much too quickly. Coding these applications takes a lot of time and Ted Patrick advises us to manage our client’s expectations from the beginning. He […] Continue Reading…

Special File Types in Soup?

Posted by Sravan | June 15, 2008 | Comment

Google, Yahoo! and MSN Live provide a “Cached” or an equivalent link alongside their search results. These are the cached versions of pages when search bots index them. While these links can be used as backup when an actual page is down or dead, I felt that they are also an image of how the bots index them.

Surprisingly, these links have been missing for several SWFs on Google. A filetype:swf search revealed that Google isn’t caching SWFs, at least not showing us what it caches.

I found out the various file types Google indexes through the file format option in […] Continue Reading…

Driving Simulation on Google Flash Map

Posted by Ross | June 15, 2008 | 1 Comment

Katsuomi Kobayashi has developed an interesting driving simulation using Google Maps API for Flash. This is his second driving simulation, the first was simply a flash toy and a time-waster that I admit cost my previous employer some productivity.

Kobayashi was trying to develop more complicated courses but found ready made courses in Google maps. Google Maps API for Flash feature enables Flex developers to smoothly embed Google’s maps into their website applications and is an improvement on the previous JavaScript version.

Kobayashi’s application is a great way to familiarize yourself with an unfamiliar city or spend some time learning about […] Continue Reading…

Debugging Flex with ThunderBolt

Posted by Sravan | June 14, 2008 | Comment

Logging your apps can greatly speed up the debugging process. ThunderBolt AS3 is a light easy-to-use logging tool for Flex 2 or 3 and Flash ActionScript 3, using Firebug in Firefox. It is open-source, and is released with a Mozilla Public License 1.1.

The tool provides an option to set various log levels: INFO, WARN, ERROR, or DEBUG (FATAL, ALL), and show or hide all logs from being output to Firebug. It also gives a tree view of complex object structures, info about the memory being consumed, and info about the version being used.

To learn more about usage and specific […] Continue Reading…

JavaFX the Odd Man Out?

Posted by Ross | June 14, 2008 | Comment

According to Matt Stephens at the Register Sun Microsystems may be poised to lose a bundle of money on their RIA application JavaFX. With Adobe and Microsoft squaring off for a fight in the RIA field Sun may not have the muscle to grab a large enough market share to make JavaFX profitable.
Sun is notoriously slow in developing products and JavaFX has not been an exception to the rule. In addition Sun decided at a late stage to rewrite all of their syntax. This may be beneficial in the long run as it makes JavaFX easier to program but […] Continue Reading…


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