Tag Archives: Rich Internet Applications

Flash Builder 4 and Flash Catalyst – Beta versions out on Adobe Labs

Hello Guys,

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.

Download links:

Flash Builder 4 Beta
Flash Catalyst Beta

Get your gloves on guys…

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A great new debugger tool for Flash, Flex and Air applications

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.

Lee Brimelow has provided a fantastic introduction session on the tool and can be accessed here.

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Here comes JavaFX

After a reasonably long wait, finally Sun Microsystems have announced the release of JavaFX preview for public. Click here to visit the official site where you will find loads of information and tutorials to get started. The scene is becoming hot with Silverlight getting into final release, Adobe preparing Flex 4 and JavaFX just arriving on the canvas.

Long live RIA!!!

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Gumbo is right here….

Hi Folks,

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.

If you are interested in video demos, don’t miss Matt Chotin’s classic video presentation on the plans of next Flex SDK.

One of the key improvements in the next Flex version is the Designer/Developer workflow. Ely Greenfield has provided a superb piece of video to demonstrate the same, a must watch.

As a techie, if you are interested in delving deeper in the Component Architecture of Gumbo, move on and if you wish to have a look at the feature specs, this is the place.

Gear up guys…

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What is Rich in RIA?

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.

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Awesome content on Anatomy of an Enterprise Flex RIA


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


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