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IT projects closely follow the path of technology. .For example, the number of Java/XML/HTML projects is increasing, replacing PowerBuilder or VisualBasic systems developed just a few years ago. And developers are asking themselves the question: Do I have to write the same app from scratch? Again? Integrating existing systems developed in previous millennium environments with the Internet is a costly and difficult task. The other approach would be to "convert" existing applications to native Internet technologies. Sound complex? It's not. Legacy systems contain rich metadata, although in a proprietary format such as PowerBuilder's PBL or VisualBasic's FRM files. All graphic controls - list boxes, buttons, labels, and so on - show up in the metadata with all their positions, sizes, colors, and other attributes. Database queries allow reconstruction of the original SQL ... (more)

SOA and RIA Together: Developing with Adobe Flex and Java

Rich Internet Applications are perfect for consuming enterprise services. As SOA evolves toward reusable components that can be accessed inside and outside of the corporate intranets, they need to provide outside developers with customizable pre-built components that can be easily integrated in composite applications. Adobe's Flex/Flash platform offers unique opportunities in both richness of the environment and global deployment accessibility. In this session we will uncover all the layers of successful SOA integration for RIA applications - including communication, customizatio... (more)

Flex 2: Large Applications for Impatient Developers

From Farata Systems Flexblog About a half year ago I made few comments in a Flex mailing list 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 lately. They are asking for information from the upcoming RIA book we are writing.  Apparently, there are quite a few developers that a) become impatient if the build takes more then 5 seconds, and  b) are concerned that their application will be delivered to the users with similar attention span that co... (more)

Intelligent Web Applications with AJAX

Browser-based applications are widely used and we like the fact that we can access them from anywhere. But from the users' perspective, the productivity level of Web applications still doesn't approximate the productivity of desktop programs. The good news is the gap is closing: the accumulated potential of multiple technologies has boosted a whole new breed of HTML-based apps that are as powerful as the desktop ones. Meet AJAX. What Is AJAX? The name stands for Asynchronous JavaScript + XMLHTTPRequest and means you can establish socket communication between browser-based JavaScri... (more)

Adobe Flex 2: Advanced DataGrid

In Part 1 (CFDJ, Vol. 8, issue 10) we introduced the destination-aware grid, formatters, and renderers. In this article we are continuing our discussion about datagrid renderers and... RadioButtonGroupBox as Drop-In Renderer We can apply similar techniques to RadioButton controls. The following code snippet suggests how the group of RadioButton controls can be used as a drop-in item renderer (and editor). Instead of an onValue/offValue pair, we are introducing an array of options (we could have gone further and upgraded to , which is similar to the Bu... (more)