Archive for the ‘RIA’ Category

Great competition, Great Outcome

SkinToWinChallenge is over!!! Winners are declared!!! The quality of the themes is really great. Especially the first and the second prize are looking really cool. Congratulation to Alberto Alcaraz and Nahuel Foronda. I had also submitted the almost seven themes for the competition 🙂 with motivation of “Air Notebook” and “Adobe MAX” but competition was really tuff. At the end I am happy for that at least one of my theme is got selected for the spot prize.

Basically, I am not a designer but I play with my curser in free time that gives me great joy. I have learned lot of skinning techniques during the designing of the themes. Thanks Event

As per “Juan Sanchez” blog post the entire theme will be available next week for everyone.

Congratulation to all the winners!!!

Thanks Adobe, Thanks Effective UI, Thanks Juan Sanchez, Thanks all the members who had take a part in the competition.

Categories: Adobe, AIR, Flex, News, RIA

Wow !!! You have have a local file access within your browser.

Few days back FlashPlayer 10 (Code name Astro) released, as usual again with new milestones. This version include lots of new feature like native 3D support (Yes it means myMovie.x, myMovie.y and now myMovie.z available), new text rendering engine, custom filters and effects, improved new drawing methods. All above this feature, I like the most is access of local files within your browser.

Great going Astro !!!

Categories: Adobe, Flex, News, RIA, Web 2.0 Tags:

Layout design !dea

For developer it’s always pain to decide position, layout, navigation and containers. here i found very interesting web site which has numbers of layout design ideas. go and explore the site

Categories: Adobe, Flex, News, RIA

Adobe Flex goes open source

Adobe Flex goes open sourceAdobe is announcing tonight that the Flex SDK will be open sourced under the Mozilla public license, the same license that they open sourced the Action Script VM under (the Tamarin project). The move is just the latest in a trend of an increasingly open ecosystem around Flash and Flex which started with the Tamarin project.

The News Rundown

The Flex team has talked about open sourcing the project since its very beginning and did things like starting and giving people very early access to the betas of Flex 2. In chatting with them, it sounds like the impetus for this was just that the Flex community had grown large enough where a lot of exciting open source activity was happening, and they wanted to be involved. As part of the initiative, Adobe will be releasing the source to the following parts:

  • The Flex Compilers (mxmlc, compc, asc) – the command line tools that compile flex code
  • Flex command line debugger
  • View source utilities
  • Automated Testing Framework
  • Flex core component library – this includes Apollo components
  • Build Scripts
  • Web tier compilers
  • Flex-Ajax Bridge – already open source, but moving from MIT license to MPL License

Adobe will start by opening the Flex bug base in June and providing daily builds of Flex 3 at that time. Then between June and December, Flex 3 will be released under its current license. Shortly after this they will fully open source the SDK and open it up to external contributors. Adobe also has plans for a “second phase” in which people outside Adobe may be granted commit privileges to the core SDK and granted ownership over “sub projects” of the SDK. They would then be in charge of managing those projects. In chatting with David Wadhwani, the vice president of product development for Flex, he had this to say about how external community members can contribute code to the Flex SDK:

“Initially people will be able to contribute code by attaching it to a bug or enhancement request in the public bug database and we’ll clearly state our development philosophies at this time. After a few months we’ll start looking for external committers. We’ll look for individuals who have been active contributors of high quality code that most closely maps to our development philosophies.”

Developers Win

For Adobe and developers, this is really win-win. Adobe gets to leverage the community and ecosystem of open source, and the framework fits very well with an open source model. Developers can now actually contribute code and fixes to the framework and have those appear in the core distribution. One of the most exciting things for me is that some of the better custom components could, in theory, make it into the core release. This gives a lot of incentive for the people out there extending Flex by themselves, and gives developers using the framework the best components out there.

In talking to people, the general consensus seems to be quite good. Adobe is going to offer a commercial license for the companies who want support and warranty from Adobe, but there are no plans to branch the two code bases. As a result, the companies who want to have more openness in their technologies will be happy and those that still want Adobe to stand behind it can feel secure. I do wonder about the implication for OpenLaszlo, which has, until now, been able to carry the banner of open source in the Rich Internet Application community. I’ve also been hearing a lot of rumors about Microsoft having more open intentions behind Silverlight, so we may hear about that at MIX next week. Interesting times ahead. Adobe has set up a Google Groups for anyone that wants to discuss the news and project over at

Integrating Flex 2 and Ruby on Rails

In this article you will learn how to integrate Flex 2 with Ruby on Rails and a MySQL database by building a simple issue tracker application. By following the steps in this tutorial, you will also learn how to add functionality to the application, such as adding a new bug to the database, reading existing bugs, updating a bug, and deleting a bug.


Flex Builder 2

Ruby 1.8.4+

Rails Gem 1.1.6+

MySQL 4+

Recommended: RadRails

Sample files:

Prerequisite knowledge:

Basic understanding of ActionScript, MXML, and Flex Builder.

Why Rails?

When using Flex you have several options to choose from for back-end server software. So why might you want to choose Rails? Ruby on Rails, like Flex, is a well thought out, elegantly simple framework. As you will see, Rails uses code generation and metaprogramming to make it incredibly easy to integrate with a database using almost no SQL code. Furthermore, when you use Rails, you also get to use Ruby, a programming language that is both extremely powerful and easy to use. Using Flex and Ruby on Rails, you will be able to get more done with less code.

Flex + Rails + Ruby = RIA Nirvana.

Categories: Adobe, AIR, Flex, Open Source, RIA

Yes or No, is Ajax a RIA Technology?

I was reading a post by Ryan Stewart, who is my main source of news and information about anything to do with RIA (Rich Internet Applications). Wikipedia defines RIA as “web applications that have the features and functionality of traditional desktop applications.” When I think of RIAs, I usually think of Adobe’s Flex or Microsoft’s WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). Probably the most famous example of RIA is Flash. I also regard Ajax as a RIA, because it enables desktop app-like interactivity. But something Ryan said reminded me that there is a bit of a disconnect out there on what is a RIA exactly? Ryan wrote:

“I see a couple of big reasons RIAs have become much more popular in the past few months. One is that a good experience has become a primary requirement for the web. I don’t really count Ajax as a full RIA technology, but it has raised the expectation level and made people start to wonder how much better the web can be.”

Ryan doesn’t see Ajax as a RIA. Perhaps because he has high standards on what an RIA app should be able to do. Ryan writes more about the topic on his personal blog; also see this post by Adobe’s John Dowdell from 2005.

We all know Ajax has its limitations – Google is probably the biggest proponent of Ajax, yet its web apps have been known to cause frustration at times. I bet every user of Gmail pounds their desk whenever a page refresh problem arises.

So in order to try and get a consensus about Ajax and RIA, I’ve created a very simple poll. Please take a minute to tell us whether you think Ajax is a RIA technology.

Categories: Adobe, AIR, Flex, Open Source, RIA

360Flex – A conference for RIA developers

I’m going to be attending the 360Flex conference March 5-7 this year in San Jose, and since registration just opened, I wanted to let people know about it. I tend to be a big fan of conferences that are more developer focused because I think you learn a lot more and you get to talk to the people that are “in the trenches” and building the applications that we all use. This is exactly that kind of conference and while its focus is on Flex, I would suggest anyone looking at Rich Internet Applications register for it.

The conference is both being held at and sponsored by eBay, which is an indication of how deeply Flex has gotten into the business side of Rich Internet Applications. I’m hoping to find out more about what eBay is doing with Flex, but the little bits I’ve been able to glean indicate that it’s a significant investment. And this seems to be the story across a wide range of industries. Midnight Coders is also a sponsor and they provide Flex Data Services functionality across a wide range of platforms including .NET and PHP. Combine that with the murderer’s row of speakers (the list includes some of the best Flex minds in the business) and it means you’re going to see examples of Flex being used to build great experiences for Fortune 500 companies, web startups and everything in between.

It has been a great year for Rich Internet Applications. Flex was released a few months ago and has seen a surprisingly large number of applications built for the platform. WPF and WPF/E have both been made available on the Microsoft side which shows how important experience has become. Apollo is coming down the pipeline which will enable a robust desktop RIA solution (much like WPF). Next year should be even better, and this conference is going to be a great way to see what people are doing and how RIAs are changing landscapes all over the spectrum.

Here are the details:

360Flex Conference is scheduled for March 5-7, 2007 at eBay in San Jose, CA. Come join us for this exclusive event and learn Flex from every angle. We are bringing together the best developers for Flex for this event both from within the development community but also within Adobe.

The conference costs $100, special thanks to our corporate sponsors.

360Flex will have 4 tracks as follows:

  • Flex 101 – Learn Flex A-Z
  • Application – Real-world Flex applications ( Browser & Apollo )
  • Integration – Connect Flex to any server (CF,PHP,.NET,JAVA,FDS)
  • Components – Create custom Flex components