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There are many ways of creating Web applications and creating them for the enterprises is not the same as developing a Web site for a pizzeria in your neighborhood. During the last five years we’ve been using mainly Adobe Flex for development of the front end of Web applications. Flex ...
This weekend I read a blog by a well known person in Flex community and found a very interesting phrase there:"If you take a careful look at Catalyst it flips the % of design and development work within an app. Where development was 80% of an app, it is now 20% and Design/Interaction w...
This year can be labeled something like “Rich Internet Applications meet Enterprise Database by the way of full text search”. We are slowly getting used to the fact that off-the-shelf and free software can find related data out of million records within a second. The fact that the foun...
The goal of this article is to give you a brief overview of some of the objects from clear.swc, which is a part of the open source Clear Toolkit Flex framework available at Sourceforge.
There are three ways of creating PDF documents from Adobe Flex applications: by using the forms/LiveCycle designer, by treating PDF printing as one of the features of your Flex application, and by using Snapshots available in LCDS, which uses bitmaps to represent Flash content. This ar...
Release of BlazeDS is a great help from the Flex enterprise adoption perspective. On the technical side, BlazeDS provides a lightweight replacement for LiveCycle Data Services ES. The remoting part seems to be identical to the LCDS offering. But how the LCDS implementation is different...
For security reasons (similar to the Java sandbox concept), Flash clients can only access the domains they come from, unless other servers declare, explicitly or implicitly, trust to SWF files downloaded from our domain by a corresponding record in a crossdomain.xml file. But our portf...
This excerpt describes the process of creating a complete Flex-Java distributed application. Upgrading Flex applications to Java Enterprise Edition applications is done with Flex Data Services. FDS provides transparent access to POJO, EJBs, and JMS and comes with adapters for framework...
In any GUI tool, one of the most popular components is the one that shows data in a table format like JTable in Java or Datawindow in PowerBuilder. The Adobe Flex 2 version of such a component is called DataGrid. In any UI framework, the robustness of such a component depends on format...
Closures is one of the cornerstones of dynamic languages. Closures are unavoidable when you use asynchronous operations or need to process an event on the other object. Almost any non-trivial action in Flex communication with the server or getting an input from user is asynchronous. Us...
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...
In this excerpt from our book, Rich Internet Applications, we'll cover how to set up large applications intended for Web or, more broadly speaking, distributed deployment. As an example let's consider an enterprise application that consists of hundreds of screens, reports, forms, and d...
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 ac...
The simplest way to explain Flex Data Services (FDS) is to compare them with Flex Remoting. Simply put, FDS addresses only a subset of operations facilitated via Flex Remoting - result set requests. However, whereas Flex Remoting enables one-way requests, FDS combines one-way requests ...
While a large Flex application is loaded, the user may experience unpleasant delays, which can be used productively to logon to this application. Besides, it'll give the user perception that your application loads faster.
There are quite a few developers that a) become impatient if the build takes more then 5 seconds and b) concerned that their application will be delivered to the user with similar attention span that could walk away in 10 seconds or less - regardles of the artwork in the progress mete...
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 inte...
A typical Java developer knows that when you need to develop a GUI for a Java application, Swing is the tool. Eclipse SWT also has a number of followers, but the majority of people use Java Swing. For the past 10 years, it was a given that Swing development wouldn't be easy; you have t...
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 ac...
The publicity that AJAX grabbed over the last half a year is based on closing the gap between the Web applications and the desktop applications, combining the 'reach' and 'rich.' At the same time, the gap between the technological level of AJAX and what corporate developers expect in t...
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 scr...