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Huge Adobe Partnership to Open Source Flex with Apache Software Foundation …

… Could have been the title of this post 3 months ago. Given the recent layoffs and announcements in the past few weeks, it may seem short sighted to be overly excited faced with this news today. This was, however, a part of the announcements recently by Adobe regarding Flex. They are committed to contributing [...]

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Flex – The good, the bad, and the future

I’ve been involved in the Flex community in some capacity now for over 4 years. Over the past week Adobe has made some major announcements concerning Flash and Flex. Some in the Flex community are clearly livid over what has happened in the past week. I’d like to offer a little perspective on how I [...]

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Flash and the City is this week!

This week, I’ll be at Flash and the City (FATC) in downtown Manhattan, a conference designed to give people the opportunity to attend sessions with industry experts in Flash, Flex, ColdFusion, mobile, and UX design—all while exploring world-famous sites throughout New York City. Conference-goers and speakers will also have the opportunity to mingle at social [...]

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Flash Camp Chicago – Building RIAs with Style Resources

As promised, here are the links that were referenced in my talk. Vector Graphics – Raster Graphics – F*CSS Site – Source – Quick start – Jesse Freeman – @theflashbum FlexFormatter (Eclipse software update URL) Thanks to Flash Camp Chicago for having me present and to Roundarch [...]

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Merapi Session from BFlex

Today was the Flex portion of the BFusion/BFlex here in Bloomington, IN. I presented on integration native code in Flex with Merapi here at Indiana University. The main example we worked through involved automating Excel in Flex using Merapi .NET. The code for the example is checked into our Merapi Example repository. I thought a [...]

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New to flexlib: CSSPropertyInjector

As my first contribution to flexlib I’ve been developing a utility class called “CSSPropertyInjector“. The CSSPropertyInjector class is used to apply styles from CSS to an Object that has properties that are not stylable or on Objects that are generally not stylable. Another nice feature of CSSPropertyInjector is the ability to specify multiple styleNames. This [...]

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Merapi is Open!

I was proud to announce with Andrew Powell today at 360 Flex | Indy, that Merapi is now officially open source. We’ve released the first public beta on Google Code as well as opened a Google Group. There is also a repo for Merapi examples. Here are the important links: To find [...]

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Cairngorm Top 5 Tips – Number 3 – The Data Translator Pattern

Number 3 on my list of Cairngorm tips is the Data Translator pattern. I’d like to preface my explanation of the pattern with a discussion about web application domains. As Flex developers we’re often inclined to use server-side technologies like Blaze DS, LiveCycle DS, ColdFusion, amfPHP, RubyAMF because of the native object transfer layers that [...]

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Typinator and Flex

My colleague Doug McCune sent out a link last week to a product called Typinator. Typinator is a tool for Mac OS that auto replaces character strings that are typed anywhere in Mac OS. In the videos below you will see a few ways that Typinator can be used in a Flex development environment. Class [...]

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