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Java Development in Flex Builder.

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Most of flex developer install the flex builder by selecting “Stand-alone IDE” configuration. While developing application using flex + java they have to depend on other editor or IDE. So here there is a way in which you can do the java development form the flex IDE.

There are two types of installation configuration when you install flex.

  1. Stand-alone IDE :“ This includes a customized version of Eclipse, and its own Java Runtime Environment (JRE). This version will not have java development tools preinstalled so you can’t do the java development. (For java development you need to install JDT (Java Development Tools) which we will see later in this article.)
  2. Plug-in :“ This will install flex builder 2 Plug-in on Eclipse (if you are currently using Eclipse 3.1.2 /3.2 on Macintosh OS X.). With this installation you can do development on java and flex simultaneously form one IDE.

For updating Java Development Features in Flex IDE You need to install Java Development Tools (JDT) plug-in.
You can download & install the JDT plug-in from following location
http://easyeclipse.org/site/plugins/eclipse-jdt.html

Or

You can install JDT from Flex Builder.

Following are steps to install JDT form Flex Builder.

1. Open Flex Builder IDE.

2. Navigate to: Help Menu >> Software Updates >> Click on Find and Install.
Flex Help Menu

3. Now Install/Update Dialogue box will open. Select “Search for new features to install” and Click on Next button.
Flex Install Update

4.Now Install Dialogue box will open. Check “Eclipse.org update site” and click on finish button.
Flex Install
5. Now Update Manager will start searching Site Mirrors to download plug-ins and it will display “Update Site Mirrors” Dialogue box. Select any mirror site and Click on “Ok”
Flex Update Site Mirror

6. Now Update Manager will search for plug-in and open an update dialogue box. This dialogue box will list all plug-in for you current Eclipse version. Select “Eclipse Java Development Tools 3.1.2” and Press Next.
Flex Update

7. Now Accept the License Agreement and Click on next.

8. Select the installation path (By default it will be your Flex builder 2 directory) and Click on Finish.

9. Now JDT will be downloaded and installed. After installation you need to restart flex builder again.

Now you are done with the JDT installation.

To create a java project
1. Navigate to: File Menu >> New>> Click on Other…
Flex File Menu

2. Now “New” popup window will open and you will see the you have a option to create a java project.
Flex New Project
In this way you can create a java project and do java development.

Hope this article will help some flex developers.

Enjoy Flex + Java Development…. :)

NeoStream ShockBoy: A Worth watching prototype in Flash

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NeoStream has released a ShockBoy prototype, which is like an animation series. They have presented their homepage character as a “Super Her0″ in this prototype.

NeoStream ShockBoy

NeoStream ShockBoy

NeoStream ShockBoy

Have a look at it “Worth watching

neostream is doing very good work in flash animation from last many years. You can watch their previous version of websites too.

NeoStream Version 1.0
NeoStream ShockBoy

NeoStream VII

Adobe Air: Get Free eBook Download

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Mike Chambers and Aodbe AIR team has released new Adobe AIR book for JavaScript developers called Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) for JavaScript Developers Pocket Guide

Download PDF from HereÂ

This Book covers following topics

  • Introduction to AIR
  • Getting Started with AIR development
  • Working with JavaScript and HTML within AIR
  • AIR Mini Cookbook
  • Command line tools
  • Aliases

Thanks guys for the free book.

Adobe AIR: Windowing Applications – nice Article

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Alberto GL has written a good Article on Windowing applications with Adobe Air.

Read article on AgknoloGy

Six must-see Adobe AIR sample applications

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Rob Christensen has written nice Article on “Six must-see Adobe AIR sample applications”

Rob has mentioned about his view on six impressive Adobe AIR sample applications (which is but a small sample of the outstanding work rob have come across in the past few months)

Follwing are six out standing Adobe AIR Applications:

Twitter

Twitter
Download Twitter AIR Appliction

Kuler Desktop

Kuler DesktopDownload Kuler Desktop AIR Application

Kuler Desktop AIR ApplicationFresh

Fresh

Download Fresh AIR Application

Finetune Desktop

Finetune Desktop

Download Finetune Desktop AIR Application

DiggTop

DiggTop

Download DiggTop AIR Application

SearchCoders/Dashboard

SearchCoders

Download SearchCoders/Dashboard AIR Application

Read “Six must-see Adobe AIR sample applications” on Adobe Dev Center

Mumbai Flex User Group Meeting

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This is to invite you all to the first Mumbai FUG meeting.

Date: Saturday, 16th June 2007
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue:
Barista cafe,
5 A Jilkar House,
Next to Dena Bank,
Keluskar Road,
North Shivaji Park.
Dadar(W) – Mumbai – india

Agenda: Since this a first meeting this will be more of hanging out
and setting agenda for future meetings.

So Let’s meet up..
Please book your calendar for the same and reply if your gonna make it….

See you on Saturday…

Adobe AIR (Apollo) Developer Derby Contest

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With the release of AIR (Apollo) Beta Adobe has announced a Developer Derby Contest.

Oh God… :) You can win cool prizes.

Grand Prize / Best of Show
The Best of Show winner will receive the trip of a lifetime, a travel certificate valued at up to US$100,000, to be used for the travel of your choice!

Five category winners will each receive “The Ultimate Development Environment” to power your Adobe AIR development (and play) for years to come:

  • A Mac Pro 8Core with 4 gigs ram, 1.5 TB (2×75) of storage.
  • (2) Dell 2707WFP 27″ widescreen monitors.
  • (1) one Sony Playstation 3.
  • (1) $200 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
  • (1) Herman Miller Aeron chair.
  • (1) Bose Quiet Comfort 3 noise canceling headphones.
  • (1) copy of Adobe Flex Builder version 3, Macintosh edition.
  • (1) copy of Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection for Macintosh.
    And one squishy stress ball.

Plus each winner also receives:
A trip and conference pass to the Adobe MAX 2007 annual user conference.
Your application showcased on Adobe.com for the world to see.
Contest open for following categories:

  • Best Business Application
  • Best Community Application
  • Wild Card
  • Grand Prize / Best of Show

This Contest is open to individuals who are citizens or working or studying under a valid visa/permit in the 50 United States (including Washington D.C.), Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey.

For more info Visit here…

Go On AIR :)

Flex 3 for You *********

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Flex 3 Beta 1 is released and it is available for download in Adobe Labs.

Some Important Links for Flex 3:
DOWNLOAD FLEX BUILDER BETA 1
DOWNLOAD FLEX SDK BETA 1
LABS WIKI FLEX 3
Flex Bug Database
Flex Standards and Community Process

Lets do more Flexing……

Flex 3: * Most Wanted Enhancement* Smaller Flex SWF Files

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Like every day in this week we are getting lot of suerprises by looking at new flex 3 features.

Today is Ted Patrik has blogged about the most wanted enhancement in flex 3. which is reduceing swf file size by caching the Flex Framework and Componet in new Flex Player 9 update 3 (FrogStar).

If you create a new Flex Project using Flex Builder 2.0.1 (Compile with Flex SDK 2.0.1) then your basic .swf file size will be around 122 kb because by default flex SWF will embed the Flex Framework. .swf File size will increase dramatically as you use UI components in your project.

According to me this was a drawback for the flex applications where your swf file size likely to be 400 to 500 kb (if you use datagrid and charting components) that will be very heavy for loading.

According to Ted’s post Flex 3 and Flex Player 9 update 3 (FrogStar) will solve this problem.
Moving forward the Flex Framework will be cached within the Flash Player dramatically reducing the size of the output SWF files. Your application SWF files will only contain your code plus the Flex Preloader containing the caching/loading logic and will exclude by majority the Flex Framework. Simply put, the file size cost of using any additional component adds negligible size to your base SWF files Ted Patrik

For more Information read Ted’s Post..

Hmm…. now can’t wait more… for next release…

Flex 3: New Features (Enhanced Collection API, Advanced DataGrid & DeepLinking)

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“Straight form Ted Patrik’s Blog” :) Ted has blogged some more cool features for Flex 3, which are part of Components and SDK Enhancements

Following are the new features:

Advanced Datagrid and Collection API:

Flex 3 Data grid will support more complex view you can view screenshots on Ted’s Post.

I feel this feature is gr8 addition to the flex because we can use the advanced DataGrid for more complex reporting view.

This feature is achievable with the help of new enhancement in collection api. Here are the New collection classes that were added:

mx.collections.HierarchicalData
mx.collections.Grouping
mx.collections.GroupingCollection
mx.collections.GroupingField
mx.collections.HierarchicalCollectionView
mx.collections.HierarchicalCollectionViewCursor
mx.collections.ListCollectionView
mx.collections.SummaryField
mx.collections.SummaryObject
mx.collections.SummaryRow

Deep Linking:

This is one more good feature.

Ted has posted “allows a Flex application to manage data within a URL using the HTML Anchor(#) feature. Using the new BrowserManager a Flex application can bind to data within the URL to both set and detect changes in the URL. This feature makes it easy to persist data in the URL for bookmarking and provide a new way to input data into a Flex application.”

I think this is a good feature and open up many ways to communicate with the external container (Browser).
I can think of many use case of this feature like:

  • You can sore the current application state in browser URL.
  • Use URL which has the application state and open flex application which will get you the same state of mentioned on URL.

In this way you can sync the flex application with the browser.

You can grab detailed information form Ted Patrik’s Post

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