The wait is over… Adobe has announced the downloadable beta of Flash Builder 4 (Flex Builder is renamed now) and most awaited Flash Catalyst, on Adobe labs.
Get your gloves on guys…
I came across a really nice debugger tool to debug flash, flex and air applications at run-time. It is De MonsterDebugger This is by far the best debugging applications I have seen. It not only allows accessing all the properties and method of the objects inside the SWF, but also permits to manipulate the values and pass parameters to inbuilt object methods and custom methods.
The native flash trace can be replaced by the trace of this application and voila… you will be really surprised to see the innovative way of displaying the trace. It also features memory consumption which allows for better optimization and have a check on garbage collection.
The best of the all is it is open source air application. Once installed, it takes less than a minute to enable your flash,flex and air applications for the debugging, using this tool. Go check it out and you will not be disappointed.
Flex 4 SDK is out and can be availed from here.
There is a good amount of information about Gumbo, a.k.a. Flex 4, on Flex open source site. You can read about it here. Also, the specifications for Gumbo can be accessed from here.
Gear up guys…
Voila… Adobe has recently announced a tie-up with major search engine giants including Yahoo and Google to revamp the flash player so as to enable these search engines to fetch the content within the swf files and rank them for search keywords. Keeping in mind the penetration of flash player (around 98%), this is going to result in a major boost in the number of applications deployed on flash player. It is learnt that it will also fetch the dynamic data pulled inside swf files. Well, there is much more insight on this by Justin Everett-Church from Adobe, posted on Flashmagazine. A must read for all flash/flex enthusiasts.
This is an obvious question as to what is so Rich about RIA. An experienced RIA developer can easily answer this question. The most important aspect of RIA is the UI and Usability. Though they may sound similar to you, they in fact are 2 different things. While UI deals with colors, contrasting themes, visuals, state transitions etc. Usability is all about how easily the application is accessible to the normal user. By normal user I mean one who is average computer savvy. This takes a great amount of deal in deciding the overall anatomy of the application and states’ management. There are abundant amount of fantastic sources available on web to know about all these aspects. However, as I came across a brilliant company specializing in providing state-of-the-art User Interface and Usability experience, thought of sharing with all of you. EffectiveUI has a niche expertise in providing kick-ass, rock solid visual richness to RIA. Their clientele is pretty Impressive. Check out their site and know it yourself.
I came across a superb 20 part series on developing an Enterprise level RIA using Flex, LCDS and EJB 3.0, written by Tony Hillerson and posted on InsideRIA. This series explains, in a good depth, about RIA trends, using Flex in conjunction with other tools, to develop a lightweight RIA environment. A must read for every budding RIA developer out there. Even an experience nerd will get quite useful content. Read it