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Archive for May 2004

Flex trick 02: extracting the mx classes that Flex uses with ASV

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Just to keep you busy, here another trick: extracting the mx classes that Flex uses. If you browse the filesystem on your application server, you will notice the following directory in your Flex webapps directory:


This directory includes some classes that are used by Flex, but unfortunately it doesn’t include everything, for example the effect classes and the chances that are made to the component framework by the Flex team. Although the documentation that comes with Flex is actually quite good, it’s sometimes easier and faster to have the source code by hand. I will show you how….

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May 31, 2004 at 11:02 pm

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Flex trick: using Flash Resource Manager for reading the documentation

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As said in my previous post, i would go into more detail on Flex development. Here is a nice trick that can speed up development, using Mike Chambers Flash Resource Manager. It’s such a nifty tool, i’ve been using it all the time since it came out. If you’re not using it, now is a good excuse to install it ( requires .NET runtime ).

I will show you how you can use the Flex HTML documentation within Flash Resource Manager so you don’t need to have a browser open or print out the PDF, which will save you a tree and thus give you good karma! 😉

Please note that this trick is not new, in fact it is already noted on the FRM page, but i’ll give you a quick HOWTO including screenshots and hey, it’s a nice starting point for my trick series.

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May 31, 2004 at 8:58 pm

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MX Traveler into the Flex world: Eclipse and Flex?

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For the next couple of months, i will travel a bit more into the Flex world, and leave the MX world behind me. It’s always a good idea to prepare your journey, so here’s my first question:

Does anyone know if IBM is still working on the Eclipse plugin for Flex? From the original Macromedia press release, the project called “Partridge” would allow Eclipse users to code, test and debug Flex applications, but i’ve heard rumors IBM is basically working on this on their own. If you go to Alphaworks, you can only find the plugin for the Websphere studio suite.

If you know more on this, feel free to leave a comment. By the way, Eclipse 3.0 M9 is now out. This is the final milestone of build of Eclipse 3.0 which means it’s feature frozen. Check for the new features here.

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May 24, 2004 at 12:46 am

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SubEthaEdit 2.0, now including Actionscript support

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SubEthaEditSubEthaEdit 2.0 is the latest version of the Rendezvous-based collaborative text editor for Mac OS X. It’s free for Non-Commercial use and version 2.0 brings new features such as:

  • regular expression search and replace
  • “Invitations,” a new collaboration feature
  • read only access for shared documents
  • iChat and Mail integration
  • 300 percent more efficient network protocol

The best thing is that it now supports Actionscript! So now we can all start coding together. Hey, we should do a “Shared Blank Document” too! Anyone know how that URL sharing works?

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May 18, 2004 at 1:45 am

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Weekend links

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I always hesitated to post “Look at this” style of postings, but sometimes you gotta break your own rules. So i’m posting here my interesting links , and hopefully the almighty Google will index them and thus give these pages a more relevant ranking.

Digital Samba
This spanish company offers Out-of-the-Box solutions for eLearning and videoconferencing based on Flash Comm and Breeze. The interesting part is that they also have a source-code license.

Marcos Weskamp interview on Shift
The man from the far east who brought you Newsmap and Social Circles.

Novell Forge
Last month Novell released Novell Forge, which is basically a SourceForge clone, except it has loads of bandwidth ( SF is on it’s limit ). If you’re working on an Open Source project, you might want to consider Novell Forge instead.

Dave Hyatt on XUL
There is a lot of talk lately on a declaritive model for UI programming. There is XUL, there is XAML, there is MAXML, Laszlo LPS, SwiXML and so on. Dave Hyatt, who was an employee of Netscape and now works on the Safari browser at Apple, explains what XUL is on his blog. Btw, did you know Samuel Wan works for Microsoft? Let’s hope he can explain us a bit more about the future of XAML ( because it scares me…if Longhorn ships we have an army of 50 million Microsoft Developers that will be able to create Rich Internet Apps ).

One of the powerfull features of Flex that Flash lackes is it’s layout manager. The Jgoodies Forms Framework is an elegant layout manager for Java GUI applications based on Swing. There is a Webstart demo on the site too.

Work for Joshua and Branden
“Duties: [..] building half pipe in backyard, video game playing” Should be pretty cool to work there. Hey i would even consider applying, i’m a longtime skateboarder too, if it wasn’t for the fact that i live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and not in New York City. I’d love to work in another country some time… 🙂

Shaun Inman uses Flash to style his headings
Shaun Inman uses a combination of Javascript DOM and Flash to style his website.

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May 16, 2004 at 7:31 pm

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The mystery of the shifting pixel.

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If you spent too much time working in the Flash IDE, you might have wondered why Flash sometimes shifts coordinates of objects. For example after transforming graphics or bitmaps, the x value of 200 shifts to 200.1. I usually correct this by hand ( hmm..i wonder if JSFL could help me with this? ) but wondered why this annoying behavior happened in the first place.

Recently, Gary Grossman, came with the following explanation:

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May 13, 2004 at 6:02 pm

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