Microsoft hits hard in the RIA space

May 1st, 2007 by Yakov Fain

When Microsoft renamed WPF/E into Silverlight it was just a re-branding news. But yesterday’s news requires some serious attention. Microsoft has announced SilverLight 1.1 Alpha. Here’s the quote from asp.net: “Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next… continue reading

A large portion of Flex goes open source

April 26th, 2007 by Yakov Fain

Today Adobe has announced that a large portion of the next version of Flex goes open source under Mozilla Public License (MPL). Here’s the partial list of what becomes open: mxml, compc, and ActionScript compiler, command line debugger FDB, Flex… continue reading

Event-driven programming in Flex with Custom Events

February 26th, 2007 by Yakov Fain

Event-driven programming model offers an excellent architecture based on loosely-coupled components consuming and throwing events. This simply means that a properly designed component knows how to perform some functionality and notifies the outside world by broadcasting one or more custom… continue reading

I need to learn from Jeff

February 21st, 2007 by Yakov Fain

I met with Jeff Whatcott from Adobe a couple of times, and have to admit that he’s a top-notch professional product manager. He knows how to talk the talk, and I mean it. But let me explain you what I… continue reading

How Fast is Development in Flex?

February 20th, 2007 by Victor Rasputnis

How Fast is Development in Flex? Ask me what is the easiest way to build RIA apps and you do not have to wait for the answer: it’s Flex, of course. Ask me is it fast to develop in Flex and… continue reading

Rich Internet Applications: State of the Union

February 13th, 2007 by Yakov Fain

We are entering an era of Rich Internet Applications (RIA), and many enterprise development managers are facing the dilemma – which way to go – remain with tried and true Java or .Net technologies or less know yet AJAX, Flex,… continue reading

Upcoming Conference appearances

February 9th, 2007 by Yakov Fain

Software engineers of Farata Systems present on several conferences every year during which they enjoy learning from others and share their accomplishments. Below are our confirmed presentations for the Spring of 2007. 1. EclipseCon 2007, March 5-8, San Jose, CA…. continue reading

Farata Systems is looking for Flex developers

February 8th, 2007 by Yakov Fain

This year started with a surge of requests to work on Flex projects. We need to grow – we are looking for Flex developers to work on various projects. Our small company has very good reputation on Wall Street, and… continue reading

Object-Oriented programming in ActionScript 3 vs Java

January 28th, 2007 by Yakov Fain

Several years ago I wrote an article on using abstract classses and interfaces in Java . Back than I was absolutely sure that writing object-oriented code is a must. These days, I’m using yet another language called ActionScript 3 (AS3),… continue reading

Save our Flex project!

January 22nd, 2007 by Yakov Fain

For Farata Systems the year 2007 started with a surge of requests for working on new Flex projects, which was expected, but a number of requests fall under umbrella “Save our project“. For consulting firms, it may sound good, because… continue reading