Flash Camp Manchester 2010, part 2

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 07/14/2010 - 11:03

Mike Jones (Adobe Systems)

This was kinda the rest of the Adobe Catalyst demo from the key note. I cant see much else that makes going from a mock up to a real app this easy. Using tools like Balsamiq and Napkee is close, but they can't work on an actual comp from Illustrator or Photoshop.


Flash Camp Manchester 2010, part 1

Submitted by Falken on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 14:21

Adobe Systems

The two Mikes from Adobe give an overview of their current products and future plans- not much I hadn't seen at last months Scotch on the Rocks but in terms of out reach this was a great way for giant-multinational Adobe to connect with the smaller people who use and promote it.
They talked about how there has been a digital explosion across multiple devices, mostly mobile devices, and that this going to continue.


Scotch on the Rocks 2010, Day 1 part 3

Submitted by Falken on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 18:19

The Art of Emotional Design: A story of pleasure, joy, and delight.

Aral Balkan
Aral was a really engaging User Experience speaker who kicked of by talking about the always-current "Technology X is dead" conversation ; that conversation itself is dead. Cobol isn't dead. Adobe ColdFusion might be gone, but ColdFusion the language is a commodity - Railo proves this.
Skills are more important, as its your time you use :-)

Scotch on the Rocks 2010, Day 1 part 2

Submitted by Falken on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 18:45

A whistlestop tour of HTML5 and CSS3

Chris Mills (Opera)
I should have bumped into the speaker before now really, as he's from Manchester, but we'd never managed it :-)
Anyway, Chris started with a bit of history, namely that  HTML4 is not dead. It can't do some things like video, which is why Flash got started in the first place. One great quote was 'bullshit will HTML5 kill Flash'.


Reseting a Flex DataGrid's dataProvider when using a filterFunction

Submitted by Falken on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 15:12

It's fairly common to have a filterFunction applied to the ArrayCollection you are displaying in a DataGrid, such as to hide deleted items:


I was also allowing users to edit and remove the displayed items; so needed a quick way for them to 'reset' all their unsaved changes, which lead to a couple of gotchas.

<mx:DataGrid dataProvider="{dataGridData}" editable="true" id="wipDG"



Make Swiz log what it does in Eclipse (or Flex Builder)

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 09/23/2009 - 10:10

I couldn't locate this anywhere, but the Swiz mailing list was very helpful.

If you want to see what Swiz is up to while it's doing it's wiring, you need to do two things.

1) Include the logEventLevel parameter to SwizConfig

<swizframework:SwizConfig xmlns:swizframework="org.swizframework.*"

You'll need to import the mx.logging.LogEventLevel class.


Adobe open sources the Flex Data Visualization Components

Submitted by Falken on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 09:23

Matt Chotin (the Flex SDK product manager at Adobe) just posted to say that http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=flex3sdk has been updated for the new v3.4 SDK.

That page also has the Data Vis. components listed, and the download includes the source and is no longer watermarked.
Previously a Flex Builder licence was required to obtain the source and remove the watermark.


Flex 4 release date moved for the better

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 08/19/2009 - 09:42

At last night's Flex 4 (aka Gumbo) Open Iteration Meeting Adobe announced that due to all the feedback from the community, they are going to push back the Flex 4 release date to 'early 2010' and also issue a further beta release later this year.

This is great news as it looks like the team will use the extra time to make the transition to the new Spark component set a lot easier, both in terms of the features it has and using it with the older Halo (Flex 3) components.