Friday, December 14, 2007

Another Flex/AIR beta 3 Question

Has there been a change to the number of concurrent XML socket connections allowed in AIR beta 3. It appears to be limited to 16.


Is Flex Builder 3 Beta 2 still available?

Anybody know where I can still download Flex Builder 3 Beta 2 for the Mac? I need to downgrade for a client project :(


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Genius Reading Level?

I'm not sure if this is good or bad...

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Digg Candidates Flex App

My buddy Joe Johnston (of AIR iPhone fame) and I created a Flex dashboard to track the 2008 presidential candidates over at Digg. It was my first time using the Digg API, it's pretty slick. Check it out.

Digg Candidates Dashboard

Here's a few screen shots:


Friday, December 07, 2007

Digg Candidates Page Hacked

Saw this while checking out the digg candidates page this morning.


Friday, November 30, 2007

Set Selected Color of LinkBar

We recently needed to set the selected color of a LinkBar item. This happens automagically if you are using it with a ViewStack, we however were using an Array for our dataprovider and for whatever reason, that is not supported. Fortunately I was able to find this little function to fix the problem. It basically loops through the children of your LinkBar. If the item clicked matches the current child in the loop it sets the style to your selected color. Code is below.

private function doLinkBar(event):void{
for(var i:int=0; i<; i++){
var curItem =;
i==event.index ? curItem.setStyle("color", 0x2a80d5) : curItem.setStyle("color", 0x000000);


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

tabIndex in Flex Popup Windows

This morning I had what seemed like a very simple task to complete, add a tab order to a small login form in an AIR app we're building. Several hours later I still had not accomplished this. I'm the first to admit that after a year or so of managing a team and not doing much hands on development my Flex skills are a bit rusty but this was ridiculous. The login form is in a modal popup window. Turns out that was m problem. When I would hit "Tab" the focus would jump back to the fields in the main application window. To fix this I created a FocusManager instance for the login screen and then activated it when the screen loaded. Once the screen was "activated" it held the focus while I tabbed through the form fields on that screen. Happy day. The FocusManager snippet is below, it's pretty simple, only two lines.

//grab focus for the popup window so tabIndex works.
var fm:FocusManager = new FocusManager(this);


Sunday, October 21, 2007

My "frist" week at homage

On Friday I completed my "frist" week at Knoware. I say "frist" out of respect for my buddy Joe who helped get me this great new gig. He's a fantastic developer but he can't spell for shit :) After his first week he wrote a blog post entitled "My frist week at Knoware" so I thought I'd keep the tradition alive.

All in all I think it was a very good week. I'm learning quite a bit already. The most obvious change aside from the new office and people is the new laptop. I've made the switch from PC to Mac and so far I'm loving it. More about that in another post perhaps...

Another thing I've been learning is Cairngorm. We didn't use it at Crowe so I'm not too familiar. I started doing a little reading and watching some videos ( has started a fantastic series on Cairngorm that has been very helpful). So far I like what I see. I still haven't seen a full Cairngorm implementation but some of the design patterns I've looked at so far seem to make a lot of sense.

Anyway, I'm back at it tomorrow. God willing, things will continue to go well and I'll continue to learn a lot, and hopefully, get better at foosball...

Friday, October 05, 2007

I need a new phone

A few months ago the company I work for bought a Treo 700wx for me to use. Unfortunately when I did that I signed a 2 year service contract w/Verizon so they would get a good rate on the phone. Now I'm leaving my job and they want their phone back which leaves me stuck with a 2 year contract and no phone :(

Anybody know where to get decent phones on the cheap? I'd like to get another "business class" phone (Blackberry, Treo...) if possible but I don't have much money to blow on this.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A New Path

After a little over three great years with Crowe I've decided to head down a new path. In about two weeks I will be starting a new job at a local software studio called Knoware Those of you at MAX may recognize that name as my buddy Joe presented his AIR iPhone application at the Ribbit Inspire session on Monday. Unfortunately my timing is crap and I'm not able to attend MAX this year because I'm "in between" jobs. Oh well, there's always next year in San Francisco!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Dave Ramsey My TMMO Site Follow-up

After my post about the Dave Ramsey site using Flash/Flex I received a few comments from some of the developers on Dave's team. They pointed out that they are indeed using Flash/Flex and Coldfusion but what I thought was even cooler was the new site. This is the complete Financial Peace University course offered online. The video player is built with Flex and it's pretty slick. Check it out, you can view the first lesson for free on the site.

Great work guys! If you're still watching, I responded to a couple of the other comments over at my TMMO blog.


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Dave Ramsey Uses Flash/Flex

The wife and I are starting the Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover program today to try to get ourselves out of debt and on the right track financially. I joined his website today and found something kind of cool, he uses Flash video for his video tutorials and intros which isn't too out of the ordinary but it looks like the online budgeting tool is built using Flex. I thought that was kind of cool, but then again, I'm easily amused.

If you're interested, I'm blogging our Total Money Makeover experience here.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Flash Lite For Windows Mobile

Okay, I have a Flash Lite question that's been stumping me for a while now so I thought I'd throw it out there and hope someone in the Flash Lite community has an answer. Does anybody know of a way to package Flash Lite applications for distribution on Windows Mobile devices? Are there any tools, applications, best practices etc... out there that someone could point me to? I've found several references to SIS files for Symbian devices but nothing for Windows.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Blogger Update

I updated to the new version of Blogger yesterday and so far I'm pretty happy with it. The beta has been available for a long time so this is probably old news to many of you but they have come out with some handy new features. Just of couple of the highlights I've discovered so far include the "Save" feature (you no longer have to publish for your changes to take affect), and the template editor. The template editor is an AJAX editor that makes it easy to add and edit page elements without having to work directly in HTML mode. All in all it seems like a very nice update.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Big Ass Flex Badge

idk why...