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So how many of you are Macromedia certified, and in what technologies? What do you think of software certifications in general? Personally, I think they’re a good thing. If I were hiring, I certainly wouldn’t base a decision solely on certifications, but it could help tip the scale one way or the other if two candidates were close. That, and of course a small bribe, or perhaps a new watch.
And by “excellent”, by the way, I don’t mean that it’s unconditionally glowing. I mean that it’s thorough, accurate, and objective.
In Peter Ent’s review of Flex, he discusses the processes and challenges of building five very different applications using Flex with J2EE back-ends. For each application, Peter describes the project, provides links to screenshots and zip files containing the source code, and discusses the benefits and challenges of using Flex (along with other technologies like Flash Communication Server, and even the charting components from B-Line Express). At the end he provides a short analysis of Flex as an alternative to JSP, and summarizes the processes of coding in MXML, debugging Flex applications, and using style sheets with Flex. And, of course, he has a few comments on Flex documentation, as well.
This is one of the most honest, straightforward, and comprehensive reviews of Flex I’ve seen so far, and it’s obviously written by someone who knows the technology he’s working with. (It also doesn’t hurt that it’s relatively short and very easy to read, as well.) If you looking for a detailed, objective perspective on Flex technology, this is it.
While getting caught up on lists, I came across an interesting thread on CAPTCHAs, or programs that attempt to tell humans apart from computers. We most often come across such technology when registering or leaving a comments on weblogs and we are asked to type in a sequence of numbers and/or letters from a distorted image. Of course, this is to prevent spammers from leaving such constructive comments as “Great site! Visit texasholdem-mortgages-cialias-lolita.net!”.
Someone pointed out a ColdFusion implementation at emerle.net called cfx_captcha. I haven’t tried it, but it looks like it would do the trick. Is anyone else out there using something like this to protect their forms? If so, what are you using, and where can the ColdFusion community find it? (And please — no comments about “enlargements”.)
Just in case any of you have not seen this technique before, you can use images as submit buttons in your forms with code like this:
<input name=”submitButton” type=”image” src=”myButton.png”/>
These are all the basic ways of creating buttons to submit forms.
- Input of type “submit”.
- Input of type “image”.
How do you like your buttons, and why?