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  • Top 10 Mistakes when building Flex Applications

    In this post, Adobe’s James Ward teams up with InfoQ.com to bring you another Flex Top 10 (our most recent Flex Top 10). Overall, Flex is a powerful framework that is easy to use, but today let's focus on some of the common mistakes that are made when building Flex applications.

  • Adobe AIR 1.0 - Native OS Integration Problem

    A frequent criticism of the Adobe AIR platform is that it lacks support for native OS integration, which is typically essential when building desktop applications. With the AIR 1.0 release coming soon, Mike Chambers of Adobe published a proof of concept last week that demonstrates how developers can work around this problem.

  • OpenLaszlo Working to Support Flash Player 9 Runtime

    OpenLaszlo is working to support the Flash Player 9 Runtime. OpenLaszlo was one of the first application development frameworks to target the Flash Player Runtime (starting with version 7). Since that time, the Adobe Flex framework has surged ahead in adoption, partly because of their support for the Flash Player 9.

  • James Gosling on Adobe Flash / Flex / AIR

    Kathleen Richards of Redmond Developer News published an interview with Sun Microsystems’ James Gosling, in which they discussed JavaFX and its competition in the RIA space. Gosling shared some pointed thoughts on how he believes JavaFX compares to the Flash / Flex platform.

  • More on RPC in Adobe Flex Applications with AMF, BlazeDS, and/or GraniteDS

    Last week, Adobe made a major change to the Adobe Flex Platform with the announcement that much of LiveCycle Data Services is being open sourced in the BlazeDS project, including the AMF specification and code. This change should eliminate one of the final cost and licensing barriers for those considering adopting the Flex Platform.

  • A Look at the Buzzword Spell Checker Implementation

    In Buzzword’s September release, spell checking support was added to the online word processor built using the Adobe Flex Framework. This week, David Coletta from the Buzzword team is sharing details on this part of their implementation in his blog posting, "Buzzword Spell Checking Internals."

  • Adobe AIR: Do we really need browser apps that run on the desktop?

    Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) is a platform that allows developers to use web technologies to build desktop applications. Danny-T is questioning the Adobe AIR paradigm on his blog posting, ‘Is breaking out of the browser the right next step?’

  • Buzzword – RIA Word Processor: Built Using Adobe Flex / AIR

    Adobe recently acquired Virtual Ubiquity, the creators of Buzzword - a web based word processor. InfoQ.com connected with David Coletta and Tad Staley of Adobe Systems to learn more about the product, the challenges and benefits of using Adobe Flex for its development, and what the future holds for the product.

  • Understanding the ActionScript Virtual Machine for Java Developers

    The ActionScript Virtual Machine 2 (AVM2) executes ActionScript 3.0 (AS3) bytecode in the Flash Player 9 runtime. ActionScript 3 is an Object Oriented programming language, used by developers to build Flash based applications in Adobe Flex and AIR.

  • Who is Using Flex?

    When considering new tools, decision makers in the software industry often consider the rate of adoption as a key metric in their assessment on whether or not to embrace a given tool. Adobe’s Flex framework seems to be nearing a critical point in this cycle, as a number of large companies are now using Flex to implement new features. So, who is using Flex anyway?

  • Adobe Max 2007 North America - Wrap Up

    Adobe was busy this week showing off their latest work at the 2007 Max Conference. Adobe continues to cater to developers with many of their efforts. The conference came with a number of interesting and exciting announcements for the developer community including:

  • Adobe Air: Two Months Later

    In June, Adobe officially gave their Apollo development project the name Adobe AIR (Adobe® Integrated Runtime) and released a new beta. InfoQ takes a look at how the beta has been received.

  • The Three Religions of Rich Internet Applications

    From Ajax to Silverlight, from Adobe Integrated Runtime to Flex and Flash, from JavaFX to OpenLaszlo, Rich Internet Aplications seem to be on the tip of everyone's tongue these days. What people mean when they talk about Rich Internet Applications differs. Simon Morris cuts through all that to identify a taxonomy of Rich Internet Applications, the "three distinct religions in the RIA space."

  • Google Gears: Industry Reactions The Day After

    As part of their developer days activities this week Google announced a new offline web application API Google Gears.

  • Is XML the Future of UI Development?

    Or is it JavaScript? A common trend in the new crop of desktop UI frameworks is that they are XML based with some sort of support for JavaScript. We take a brief look at AJAX, WPF/XAML, Flex/MXML, and Firefox’s Gran Paradiso.

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