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The popularity of widgets these days has brought to attention the need for interoperability, i.e. for widgets developed for one site or platform to be able to run in other sites and widgets developed by different people to be able to work with each other. So much so that I know of ...
More from my Mix09 talk “building business applications with Silverlight 3”. Many customers have told me that they love Entity Framework and LinqToSql, but that they are not always able to use them in their projects just yet. In fact the number of folks that are using ADO.NET DataSet, ...
While preparing for my presentation Load and Performance Testing: How to do Transactional Root-Cause Analysis with Visual Studio Team System for Testers that I gave at the Boston .NET User Group on May 13th I came across certain load-testing topics. One was: How to randomize Input Data...
I wanted to continue with the enhancements to my Mix09 talk “building business applications with Silverlight 3”. In this section I am going to show how to get data from a REST based web services rather than directly using Entity Framework or Linq to Sql. Let’s focus on the clou...
The technology is growing very fast these days and there is also considerable rise in the competition in making new technological advancements. The most popular flash software Adobe Flash has now found its new competitor from Microsoft’s Silverlight 3. It is a recently plug-in device f...
The a4j:region tag in RichFaces is probably one of the most misunderstood tags, but it provides one of the most important features in RichFaces. With it, server-side processing can be limited to only certain designated components. One reason for misunderstanding could be the tag name...
The training covers the Flex client, Eclipse & Flex builder, the Flash virtual machine & how the Flex application development process is designed. It covers Actionscript, how events are handled, and layouts in a constraint based container. The material is similar to the first three day...
Stephen Chin has launched a new web site to help grow JavaFX community, JFXtras - an open forum for the entire JavaFX community. Check it out here. Stephen is also the author of JavaFX Dzone Refcard.
On July 30th @ 8pm I will be doing a virtual talk at the Linked .NET User’s Group. I encourage you to come and bring your questions on Silverlight 3 and .NET RIA Services.. Brad Abrams - Silverlight ready for business and .Net RIA Services - Thursday July 30, 2009, 8:00PM PDT ...
I gave a talk this week at the Mountain View JavaScript meetup hosted by Google at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Thanks to Michael Carter who hosts this event on a monthly basis. The event was also video recorded by Google and is being made available on Youtub...
With Firefox 3.5 all the major browsers (including IE!) support native drag and drop. The SC.Drag interface in SproutCore was designed from the beginning to follow the same protocols. That means once someone SC.Drag to use native drag events, all your SproutCore-drag code will automa...
The coding portion of SproutCore 1.0 is nearly complete, so it’s time to start work on some of the non-code parts of the SproutCore project. Today I just push a brand new version of the SproutCore website. The design is very simple, but unifies the wiki, blog, and main site so that...
During the last week I had to interview five developers for a position that required the following skills: Flex, Java, Spring, and Hibernate. Most of these guys had demonstrated the 3 out of 10 level of Flex skills even though each of them claimed a practical experience on at least tw...
In the original demo I showed getting your data from a database directly from the web tier. Many enterprise customers have found that it their systems are more maintainable and secure if they isolate the database access behind a set of web services possibly in a DMZ. This means that ...
A perspective client showed me a Web page from Adobe’s Connect Now. Check this page out before reading further: https://connectnow.acrobat.com/ “Yakov, I want our new application to be like that one. The page comes up really fast and it’s very responsive. Can you create our Flex app...
Is ESB just an expensive integration hub or is there more to the story than we heard… In the beginning, the ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), was marketed as much more than an integration technology. While the core of an ESB is  certainly about connectivity between services, there was – a...
Mini-MSFT is back, with a post about Microsoft turning The Corner. It’s interesting to contrast his point of view with that of MG Siegler over at ParisLemon. Given my own perception of Valley bias on the part of Siegler (he is one of the new voices of Techcrunch after all), it’s grea...
I really like Google. They produce easy to use applications that work great. I use their search engine about a hundred times a day. Their applications make sense. But this announcement gave me goosebumps. If you didn’t hear that Google has announced that in 2010 consumers will have a c...
Today we released Exadel Studio JavaFX plug-in for Eclipse version 1.0.1. Here is what’s new in this version: New icons (screen shots - this was a previous minor update) Updated menu actions (now available directly on the perspective) Compiled with JDK 1.5 for Mac OS suppor...
Here is something you may or may not know. JSF Mojarra comes with a small extension tag library with three tags: regular expression validator, credit card validator, and focus setting tag. They are available since JSF version 1.2_09, but maybe even earlier (I didn’t check). Pag...
A (Nearly) Bulletproof Web Design & Development Project Checklist for clients and designers. If you’re aiming to agree a fixed price for the development of the website, as we do, ensure the project goes smoothly before you start, by communicating with your client at the outset. They...
Recently .NET Rocks! talked to Stephen Forte and covered a topic I have been interested in for a a couple of years: Data Access Options. Clearly this has been a space of a lot of innovation in the last few years. Stephen does a good job of explaining the benefits customers are gettin...
Adobe has re-opened the "Adobe Flex Builder 3 for unemployed developers" program. It means that "Adobe Flex Builder 3" software is currently available for free, while supplies last, for software developers who are affected by the current economic condition and are currently unemployed...
Continuing in our discussion of Silverlight 3 and  the brand new update to .NET RIA Services and the update the example from my Mix09 talk
Business applications often access very important data. It is important that you can audit, restrict and control access to your data. Let’s look at how to use .NET RIA Services and SL3 to do that. Using the Silverlight Business Application Template this is super easy to do.. By defa...
With Silverlight 3 shipping and a brand new update to .NET RIA Services I thought I would update the example from my
Having built/architected/developed/consulted many Adobe Flex applications and being one of the first certified Flex instructors in the world, I've seen a lot of Flex applications. Some good, some bad. But no matter how many applications or who I'm talking to, I always stress the import...
As a speaker at the upcoming AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo, June 22-23, in New York City, I just received an email from Lindsay over at SYS-CON Events, that I can invite three guests with full conference passes to attend the two-day iPhone Developer Summit. She just informed me a...
3 dimensional web is all about interacting with the content provider about their contents. The ability ask questions and clarification while checking a product from an online retailer.
I've missed the Flash Camp Keynote in San Francisco where Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch mentioned that AIR reached over 200 million installs. The Adobe AIR Team blog wrote that the Acrobat.com application provided with Adobe Reader continues to be one of the most popular applications. Unf...
Did you notice our subscribers list update? Now, you can receive Graphic Mania all posts and and free resources updates right to your email address, in full HTML and images. You can save the images and backgrounds you need directly to your computer and get the free resources download l...
Twitter is the dumbest thing I have ever seen, I can't believe my eyes. What is wrong with you people? Did you lose your minds? Get a job, do something, leave this stupidity alone. Now, I have to rescue my cell phone (blackberry) from the direct text messages and advertising spam, infe...
ZapThink just produced a good report on the state of Web 2.0 tools entitled "Evolution of the Rich Internet Applcation Market." In the report, Jason Bloomberg and Ron Schmelzer of Zapthink highlight a critical gap in most RIA solutions: the inability to access data from within the UI. ...
2009 has proved to be very exciting when it comes to new features and enhancements. Many companies, especially big brands, have taken recession as a pause for self analysis and they have been constantly upgrading their infrastructures for the time when economics crisis will be over. Se...
Yesterday, my colleague  and I received notifications from  MAX 2009 (the main Adobe annual conference) organizers that started with words “We regret to inform you…we were forced to make difficult decisions, which topics would
I've just discovered (don't know how old it is) this new presentation web tool released by Adobe on Acrobat.com Labs. Acrobat Presentation is a Flex application that adds to Adobe's online collaborative offerings (with Buzzword). Presentation allows you to create slides using the Power...
This is total speculation, but I believe it would be very possible for Apple to enter the cloud computing space. A recent article in the Charlotte Observer (found via a mac rumors artile) is claiming they are offering Apple a huge tax break to set up a billion dollar server farm in Nor...
Three days of the best conference for Flex developers went by fast. I’ve been attending this great event for the first time, and in the future, I’ll try not to miss this #1 gathering for Flex developers. While Adobe MAX is a lot larger...
So I'm back from a trip to Tokyo and the first news I read is that Flex Builder 4 (codename Gumbo) will be renamed to Flash Builder! Ryan have written an explanatory post (read the full "Flex Builder “Gumbo” is Being Renamed Flash Builder" article)about the motivations that drove Adobe...
Flex framework’s current stable version is 3.x and the Flex team at Adobe is actively working on getting the version 4.x ready this year. At this time, the core SDK of Flex 4, codenamed Gumbo, is evolving through an open source process. From peeking into its initial version, it looks p...