Flex 2: Development on a budget

August 27th, 2006 by Yakov Fain

My primary clients are Java shops. When I suggest using Adobe Flex 2 as a rich client tool for their Web applications, they typically ask about the cost on the server side. Expected answer: free. When I start telling them… continue reading

Who needs protected variables?

August 25th, 2006 by Yakov Fain

For years, object-oriented programmers knew that one of the main OOP features is encapsulation: an ability to hide and protect object internals. Private and protected properties were invented to support just this. But who are we hiding from? From stupid… continue reading

What BackEnd to use

August 24th, 2006 by Anatole Tartakovsky

I am staying away from the heated discussion on WebServices vs RPC vs HTTPRequest vs FDS. Here at least there is a smaller chance that people would feel necessary to defend their point of view, and approach they claim to… continue reading

Large Applications for impatient developers

August 24th, 2006 by Anatole Tartakovsky

Half year ago I made few comments regarding tricks I like to use when developing large Flex 2 applications. SInce then I have been receiving steady stream of emails – once every week in the beginning, up to few per days… continue reading

How to write an RSS reader in AJAX

August 18th, 2006 by Yakov Fain

IBM Developers Works has a tutorial on how to build an RSS reader using AJAX. The amount of code you need to write is scary (and this is not the complete code). Adobe Flex 2 plus a simple Java programming… continue reading

ActionScript and Java – problem with rounding

August 17th, 2006 by Anatole Tartakovsky

There was a big thread on FlexCoder forum related to the lack of BigDecimal class on the client. It boiled down that the only implication of that is that if you use BigDecimal and other exotic datatypes on the server side… continue reading

Flex RPC enabler for really lazy programmers (myself included)

August 4th, 2006 by Anatole Tartakovsky

A lot of things happening here and I can not make myself to do proper project management by the book. If you are also swamped, need to do a lot of prototypes that will be refactored later or just do… continue reading

SystemManager and Application Initialization

August 2nd, 2006 by Yakov Fain

I’ve been doing a small research as to what’s happening under the hood when Flash Player 9 loads and starts a Flex 2 application. Since Flex 2 is still pretty young, there is not too many resources are available, so… continue reading