Adobe’s ‘Build an app in a week’ For India

Adobe is conducting 9 online seminars at times that are convenient for people in India.

  • June 7th : 16:30  – 17:30
    Erase the Designer to Developer gap: Adding interactions to your design with Serge Jespers
  • June 7th : 20:30  – 21:30
    Connecting your design to PHP services with Mihai Corlan
  • June 8th : 16:30  – 17:30
    Connecting a web application to a J2EE backend using Flash Builder 4 with Michael Chaize
  • June 8th : 20:30  – 21:30
    Working with Flash CS5 components in your Flash Builder 4 project with Mike Jones
  • June 9th : 16:30  – 17:30
    Going multi-user with P2P in Flash Player 10.1 with Tom Krcha
  • June 9th : 20:30  – 21:30
    Developing multi-user applications with LiveCycle services with Tom Krcha
  • June 10th : 16:30  – 17:30
    Bringing web Applications to the desktop with AIR 2.0  with Piotr Walczyscyn
  • Jun 10th : 20:30  – 21:30
    Code once and run on multiple mobile devices with Mark Doherty

Build an app in a week is intended to teach you about the Adobe® Flash® Platform, including Adobe® Flex®, Adobe® Flash® Builder™, Adobe® AIR®, Adobe® Flash® Player, and how it integrates with Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 technologies. This weeklong event features free, live webinars presented by Adobe technology experts. See live demos and have your questions answered by the experts during interactive Q&A sessions.

Who should attend?

  • Web designers
  • Web developers
  • Application developers
  • Rich Internet Application developers
  • Interactive design specialists

What you will learn
By attending this e-seminar series you will be able to create your own Rich Internet Application at the end of the week, using all the power of Flash Platform, in combination with the device and technology of your choice. 

What Do You Need to Participate?
Online live webinars are scheduled events simulcast over the web via Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro. You’ll need a computer with a browser, Adobe Flash player and Internet connection. Voice-Over IP will broadcast over your computer. Access details will be provided once you register.

You can find more detail on the registration site here: http://www.adobe.co.uk/appinaweek

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[Component] Location WatchDog v1.0

It’s been a long time since I posted in my blog. The reason was that I wasn’t actually working actively on any Flex project in my previous job at Nokia. In my new role, I hope to get lots of chances to dabble with my favorite coding language 😉 . Anyway, here I am with a new simple and silly component again 🙂

I am calling it a Location WatchDog. What it does is pretty simple. It monitors a specific location (folder/directory) for any updates. If any new files are added to the folder, the WatchDog throws an event LocationEvent.FILES_ADDED. The event returns an array of new Files added to the location.

I am still working on it. Need to add some more stuff to it like capability to fire the LocationEvent.FILES_DELETED that returns the list of deleted files. The component allows you to also specify file extensions that you wish to monitor the location for. By default the component only detects normal files, while it also allows you to specify includeSystemFiles attribute as true to force the component to listen to even hidden and system files.

You can download the component in swc from here. The code of the component is checked in at the Google Code.

You can use this component in your code by calling the component in your mxml  – and then doing this in your actionscript-

private function initView():void{
snoopy.fileExtensions = <code>new Array("txt", "abc");</code>
<code>snoopy.locationPath = File.desktopDirectory.nativePath;
snoopy.addEventListener(LocationEvent.FILES_ADDED, getNewFiles);
snoopy.startPinging();
}

private function getNewFiles(event:LocationEvent):void{
var x:Object = event;
}

Nothing fancy. Just simple and plain. As long as it saves someone somewhere some coding time ;). Or is it already part of the framework? 😉

(Download: SWC | Source)

Adobe Flex Intro PPT posted

A couple of weekends ago, I did a presentation for The Chennai Cold Fusion User Group (CCFUG Homepage). Am posting the ppt here. The presentation covered the basics – intro to RIAs, intro to Adobe Flex, a couple of examples and a little bit about Adobe AIR. Check it out… if you have nothing else to do 😉 … The audience were cold fusion developers who were new to Adobe Flex and Adoe AIR. I touched the basics and then walked them through some code examples of Flex and Air.

Check out some snaps from the event and check out this post by Akbar after the event. You may also want to check out the CCFUG homepage at http://www.cfugind.com.

CForm SWC

Lately I have been getting a lot of mails about using CForm. So, I kind of wrapped up the whole thing into a SWC and here it is. So all you need to do is download this and add this to the Lib of your project. For the source code, you can still check it out of SVN. But, to just use the CForm, you really do not need the source-code, you can just use this swc component. Click here to download the component.

[Component] CForm v1.0

CForm is all about creating data entry screens. This component allows developers to create standardized forms/CRUD screens in their applications. The CForm component is a Data Entry component that can be very useful if –

  1. you are building business applications with many data entry/view screens
  2. you are working with a lot of developers. each handling separate screens/modules
  3. you wish all your screens to have the standard look & feel across the application
  4. you wish to avoid different developers/designers designing their own UI/UX paradigms for their specific screens

Let me try to explain this in a very simplified manner. CForm reads XML file to create user entry forms. To implement CForm, the following steps are involved.

  • Developer creates XML file for each screen. The XML will contain the list of fields, controls to be used etc.
  • CForm is called in an MXML.
  • Now, the developer can use many of CForm’s exposed methods to access/manipulate data in the CForm.

The Demo walks you through a few use cases of how CForm can be used in real world. There are clear instructions on each example in the demo. For a detailed documentation on the XML part of this component, check out here and for the AS and MXML angle check out below. The source code will also be made available shortly in a 2 or 3 weeks. As of now, if you need the source code you will have to check it out from the SVN repository at http://flexedtoolkit.googlecode.com/. If you like this component and would be willing to extend a helping hand, send me a mail 😉 .

If you have any questions/suggestions after viewing the demo, leave a comment on this page!!

**Update: Compiled SWC now available for download.

[ SWC | Demo | XML Documentation | Source of Example ]

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Buzzword

I guess this is already old news by now. But, I just recently happened to check it out. I came to know about such an application when my Manager suggested it. After trying it out, I have one word – AWESOME!!!!

Ok. What I am talking about here is a full fledged online document application (Yeah! Just like Writely, Google Docs) developed in FLEX!!!! I was amazed at not only how feature rich the app was. I was stumbled totally because many of the stuff they have achieved. They have done stuff which I never thought was possible using Flex.

For me, Buzzword definitely takes Flex to the next level. It has been developed by the folks at Virtual Ubiquity. It says on their site –

Buzzword, the first real word processor for the web, is a breakthrough in collaborative authoring for documents that matter. Many online pundits agree with us.

And Guess what? Adobe is acquiring them. You can register and try it out yourself here. Check out the screenshots here. Click on thm to see a larger view.

CustomGrid v1.2

I am releasing the v1.2 of CGrid. It’s been in drafts for a long while now.This time, a few more basic niceties have been added to the CGrid. 🙂

  1. Export to Excel (Copy selected rows or entire grid to clipboard and paste in excel)
  2. User can select columns to view and width of the columns etc. This setting for each grid in the application is remembered across sessions.(For this to work properly, you will have to ensure that you always specify a distinct ID for for each grid in your application.) This feature is very useful, if you are fetching a lot of columns to display but are not sure whether all the users would be interested in all the columns. Now, the user can choose to see columns of his/her choice and that choice is remembered across sessions.
  3. Fixed the sorting logic in the column sort.
  4. The CGrid can now take in custom itemRenderer from the caller.

Check it out… 🙂 For more details about what CGrid is all about, check out this post.

It’s been a long time since I updated the grid component. Hey, for that matter… It’s been a log while since I last posted here. 🙂 Been quiet a bit busy lately. Anyway, am almost back. This month is also going to be a bit hectic. But, I hope to post regularly from September onwards.

Note: Thanks to all who downloaded CGrid v1.0 and used them in their projects. It really feels nice to see that the component has served some good purpose. The CGrid component is individually responsible for keeping my blog alive and  bringing in readers even though I haven’t posted anything new for the last couple of months. So, this component is kind of the ‘old man’ of this blog. Anyway, Lemme thank all visitors for checking it out. Keep downloading. Keep leaving comments 🙂 ….

[ Demo | Source | Sample Printout ]