Flex 4.0 Gumbo ~ Developer Designer workflow, just awesome

15 07 2008

Recently Flex 4.0 SDK is released. In this release Fx improve developer designer workflow. Not just import flash, Photoshop or AI files into flex builder but true Developer Designer workflow. It means thermo integration, new skin file (FXG) type included , and new name space “2009” will be in place to support new graphic rendering. I guess now every Fx component will have separate skin file which will describe look and feel and function behavior of the component.

When you think of list component in Fx 3.0 or older, what come to your mind?

Ammmm ….. list items can be display in a box with right hand scrollbar, Item can be rendering with itemrenderer and scrollbar can be skinup with .png or flash. Now take look this video and change your mind for list component. In Fx 4.0, every component will be reassemble easily with very less efforts. So, therefor it’s truly amazing Developer Designer workflow in FX 4.0.

Really gr8 going Gumbo





“NIIT” A new RIA institute in India

10 12 2007

Finally it come up !!!

I have seen often people are asking for flex training center in india. When I met priyank at Mumbai flex user group meeting, he told that NIIT is working on this curriculum. Since our talk with him nothing had came.

Three to four (6th Dec 2007) days back I was reading “Times of India” at home. Suddenly I got excited by seeing one advertisement of NIIT institute about new courses for “rich internet application”. They will cover Flash CS3.0, Flex, Dreamwewer and coldfusion during this cource. I really don’t know insight of this course. Click on below image for more information.

I think this initiative help fresher to pickup flex and flash technology very fast. Even this will help to blow RIA technology.

For more information mail edgeineers@niit.com and rush NIIT telephone lines (1800 180 8448).





Range Selector Component

23 07 2007

“RangeSelector” component is extend from HSlider Class. It is just customized the view of the HSlider. It give better visually rage selection. Component also dispatch event when user click on any between Range with starting and ending range.

Check in action
Download the code





Best uses of Flash from SEO Prospective

11 07 2007

From years back SEO doesn’t recognize use of flash content in site. May be they are right because googlebot can’t ready each and every visual and text content of the .swf format. And flash is really not medium for SEO, it’s completely visual medium. But still we can use .swf content in SEO friendly web site by taking care of search engine prospective.

 

Tip for SEO friendly flash content creation

  1. Use dynamic text rather then static text and graphics
  2. Use “deep linking” new feature of flex 3.0
  3. Make two different version of site one should target SEO and another should target usability
  4. Place flash content wherever it require in your html page [i.e youTube, Google Earth and Google finance]

 

One of the google webmaster publish article “Best uses of Flash” can give better vision to SEO to optimum use of flash.





Flex 3: Built in data grid animation effects

5 07 2007

There is no scope of animation in Datagrid & List components, in Flex 2.0. As such, we have to run code loop and do manual animations on canvas or that kind of container to achieve the animation effects. However, Flex 3.0 team must have realised this requirement and they packed this feature in the new SDK. Now, we can assign special effects on datagrid and list base components.

Check out in action Example 1 , Example 2 [this examples has downloaded from adobe labs]

Download source file





What I learn about flex/flash integrations ?

3 07 2007

When flex 2.0 lunched, it was questions what will be the roll of flash in RIA? Flex will replace Flash? Adobe limited Flash to just creative people?

Adobe given all the answers by lunching great Flash CS3 and flex Integration tools. Adobe has finally brought Flash again in to RIA game.

Last week so many blog had bloging about flex/flash integrations. It is really very good come back of flash in RIA.
Something cools features of flash/flex integration

  • Frame label of flash behave as a state property in flex
  • Flex component resize according to flash components
  • Ability to make flex containers in flash


I try to integrate flash flex components in last couple days and made very small example.

check it in action. You can download this example from here

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Migrate from Flex 2 to Flex 3 beta

30 06 2007

post very good post for migrating flex 2.0 to flex 3.0 beta. i.e DataProvider APIs are no longer on the list classes. For example, you can no longer say myList.getItemAt(index). Instead, say myList.dataProvider.getItemAt(index).

read in more details