Full-screen mode and compatibility with older versions of Flash Player

July 17th, 2007 by Anatole Tartakovsky

We’ve implemented in Flex a Web application that supports full screen mode (note a small icon in the top right corner at www.myflex.org). This blogs explains the issue you may run into while implementing the full-screen mode. The process consists… continue reading

Adobe gears toward Google Gears

May 30th, 2007 by Yakov Fain

Something new is cooking in the Google software pot. It’s called Google Gears, which is a new way to create offline Web applications. “Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality… continue reading

JavaOne 2007: What do you order in a seafood restaurant?

May 9th, 2007 by Yakov Fain

Why would a Java programmer go to a Seafood restaurant? I would not be surprised if you’d get this question during a job interview at Google or Microsoft. But my answer is simple: a Java programmer goes to a Seafood… continue reading

Can we use the word Flex in our product names?

May 4th, 2007 by Yakov Fain

Last Summer one of my colleagues had to prepare a presentation on Java to a client. When I looked at it, I got goose bumps – his document had the image of Duke in there. I knew that it was… continue reading

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

Flex developers, stay put – our time is coming in 2008

December 16th, 2006 by Yakov Fain

I killed my morning listening to Adobe financial report published on December 14, 2006. What else can you do at 7AM on Saturday? It proved what I wrote in my post a month ago. Adobe has great financial results, but… continue reading

Comparing the syntax of Java 5 and ActionScript 3

November 12th, 2006 by Yakov Fain

Below is a short comparison table of major elements/concepts of these two languages for a quick reference. You can read this table either left-to-right or right-to-left, depending on what’s your primary programming language is today. This list is not complete,… continue reading

Will Flex/Flash make Adobe richer?

November 10th, 2006 by Yakov Fain

As any software developer I enjoy working with cool components, and Flex is definitely cool. I also know that Adobe is not a philanthropy firm – they need to make money to stay in business. Most of Adobe presenters never… continue reading

Some thoughts on open sourcing Flex components

November 1st, 2006 by Yakov Fain

We earn our living at Farata Systems by selling Flex/Java consulting services and training. While doing this, every now and then we create reusable components, and so far we are giving them away for free. Some pathetic bloggers call this… continue reading