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Heading to ETech 2008

Posted by Charles | March 3, 2008 | Comment

I’m heading to O’Reilly’s ETech 2008 conference. I was there last year and had wonderful time and meet some cool people there too. Here are what are there this year: At the 2008 version of ETech, the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, we’ll take a wide-eyed look at the brand new tech that’s tweaking how we are seen as individuals, how we choose to channel and divert our energy and attention, and what influences our perspective on the world around us: Body Hacking. Genomics Hacking. Brain Hacking. Sex Hacking. Food Hacking. iPhone Hacking. If you can’t open it, you […] Continue Reading…

FunFx For Serious Flex Development

Posted by Charles | March 3, 2008 | Comment

I wrote about FunFx last year. After the big Flex 3 and AIR release, I’d like to revisit this great Ruby based Flex testing tool. A serious Flex application needs wired with test harness, period. FunFX is open-source and uses Ruby to write tests. Ruby is a simple but yet powerful language. People familiar with Ruby on Rails should know the Ruby code is easy to read and what you read is what it does. FunFX has used Watir, a great testing tool for web applications, as a model on how to write the tests in Ruby. […] Continue Reading…

Microsoft is Serious About Silverlight

Posted by Charles | March 2, 2008 | 12 Comments

The whole WPF and Silverlight thing is getting more and more serious. Even though Microsoft indeed took a short cut to roll out Silverlight (Flash/Flex showed the path, after many years of evolution), look at the RIA in general, we can’t discount Silverlight anymore. The WPF, Silverlight 2.0 and Expression Blend together will put a big dent here. Microsoft released a Silverlight version of it Software Download Center. I looks and works quite well. The site is not just a Silverlight shell with transition to HTML, it’s a full function RIA application all the way. It’s not media show […] Continue Reading…

5 more Web 2.0 Badge for Your Shining Flex Apps

Posted by Charles | March 2, 2008 | 1 Comment

To qualify to be a Web 2.0 application, by rule of thumb, it must have certain Web 2.0 look. Can’t that “common wisdom” apply to Flex based RIA apps as well? Or do you really want your Flex application looks like a Web 2.0 site? I don’t want to crack the questions, yet. But just in case you’d like to give it try, you can start with putting a Web 2.0 style badge on your apps. Here are places you can learn (or copy) a thing or two: Fresh Badge – Quickly generate your own badge. adClustr – […] Continue Reading…

If You are a Student or a Faculty, Get Flex Free

Posted by Charles | March 1, 2008 | Comment

Adobe Flex Builder 3 Pro is available for free to students and faculty of eligible education institutions. Proof of EligibilityTo receive the product, you must upload a valid proof of eligibility to get the serial numbers to activate the product. Valid proofs ofeligibility are:  1. a student ID showing current enrollment,  2. a Faculty ID showing current employment  3. a Letter on an educational institution letterhead stating that you are either a current student or a current faculty member of the institution. Microsoft just did the same thing recently and open its SDK too. Wondering how free […] Continue Reading…

Deep Link Flex Application Using SWFAddress

Posted by Charles | February 29, 2008 | 5 Comments

If you are writing a web application, a HTML or Flex one, you’d want it to be found, can be bookmarked, can be shared on social networks. If you are developing a Flex site, you’d like to the state of the site, the “pages” of the site to be treaded by search engine, bookmark site or social networks the same way as the HTML contents. This is a different problem than the one concerned about if the Flash based content can be indexed by Google or not (yes, it can). This concern can be addressed by SWFAddress. SWFAddress is […] Continue Reading…

A Nice ActionScript 3 ResourceMap API

Posted by Charles | February 28, 2008 | 1 Comment

Eric Feminella developed this open source AS3 HashMap API awhile ago. I’d like to revisit it because the Flex 3 released. In Flex 3, one small new feature is that you can access the ResourceBundle data. Eric has a ResourceMap API developed, which allows developers to work with a ResourceBundle via an IMap implementation. So how well Eric’s ResourceMap API compare to the new Flex 3 ResourceManager? According to Eric: ResourceMap implements the IMap interface allowing the underlying content of a ResourceBundle to have CRUD specific operations performed on it. To utilize the ResourceMap one only need to […] Continue Reading…

Integrate JavaFX with Spring Rich Client Project

Posted by Charles | February 27, 2008 | 1 Comment

If you claim to be a Java developer then you must know Spring Framework. If you know something about Spring Framework then you must heard of Spring Rich Client Project, which is to “provide an elegant way to build highly-configurable, GUI-standards-following rich-client applications faster by leveraging the Spring Framework, and a rich library of UI factories and support classes.” Besides those, I’d wish you’ve heard a thing or two about JavaFX too, which is Sun’s own attempt to have a space in the RIA world. Then how about integrate JavaFX into Spring RCP to create custom GUI?

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Get the Fonts Right for Your RIAs

Posted by Charles | February 27, 2008 | Comment

I wrote about fonts before because regardless what type applications you are developing, it’s the fonts that speak the words. Now we’ve got Flex 3 and AIR 1 out in the wild. I can see all those downloads will churn out loads of applications that will be mostly called “RIA” apps. In moment like this we really need to take an another pass at the very basic, font. The place called Typetester can be just the tool you need for that. Simply put, at Typetester you can visually and thoroughly test the fonts you’d like to use and generate […] Continue Reading…


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