Archive for March, 2006

Free Flex Link / Info

I made a post last weekend pointing out that the Flex SDK (Framework and compilers) would be free (for commercial and non-commercial use), and was surprised by the number of people who didn’t know this.

Well, it turns out that we haven’t really made it easy to find out and so are in the process of making some changes throughout the website and labs to make this clearer.

In the meantime, if you are looking for information on this from the Adobe website, we have a page that discusses the SDK and the fact that we will be releasing it for free (along with info on the free version of Flex Data Services.

From the page:

Along with beta 1 we are announcing that the Flex framework will be made available free of charge through the Flex Software Development Kit, which will include the command line compiler and documentation required to develop, compile, and deploy Flex applications that connect to XML and SOAP web services with no additional charges or server licensing required. We also plan to make Flex Data Services 2.0 free of charge for use by a limited number of concurrent users on a single, non-clustered server.

You can find more info here.

ActionScript 3 Reserved Words

Posting here so I can quickly find it in the future.

List of ActionScript 3 Reserved Words.

Andre Michelle : ActionScript 3 Compute Spectrum

Andre Michelle has put together a nice example of how to take a sound, compute its spectrum, and then visually render it.

You can view the entire example here.

(make sure to check out the rest of his site, for some really amazing demos and examples).

Hacking the iriver U10 with Flash

If you are lucky enough to have an iriver u10 device, then check out this post from Justin Every-Church that shows how to customize the iRiver u10 through manipulating its built in Flash files.

Among other things, this allows you to change the SWF used as the background.

You can read the entire post here.

Sweet Flex 2 Color Picker

Check out this nice Flex 2 Color Picker that Tinic Uro put together. (Tinic is one of the engineers on the player team).

You can view the example here (source included).

Screencast : JSON / Flex 2 / AS3 Tutorial

I uploaded a screencast of me building the example that I put together in yesterday’s JSON tutorial.

It is a simple example that shows how to use JSON serialized data within an ActionScript 3 / Flex 3 app.

You can read the entire tutorial here.

You can view the screencast here.

Reminder : Flex 2 Public Beta 2 is available

I know this is old news for most, but I just wanted to make a quick post and remind everyone that Flex 2 Public Beta 2 is available for download on labs.
This includes:

  • Flex Builder 2.0
  • Flash Player 8.5 (with ActionScript 3 support)
  • Flex Data Services
  • Flex Charting Components 2.0
  • Flex SDK 2.0 (includes Flex Framework, as well as command line compilers)
  • ColdFusion / Flex Framework connectivity pack

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Tutorial : Using JSON with Flex 2 and ActionScript 3

One of the little gems you will find in the open source ActionScript 3 libraries that we released on labs, is the JSON class found in the corelib library. This class, written for Adobe by Darron Schall, makes it super simple to both serialize and de-serialize JSON data.

What is JSON you ask? From the JSON website:

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a lightweight data-interchange format. It is easy for humans to read and write. It is easy for machines to parse and generate. It is based on a subset of the JavaScript Programming Language, Standard ECMA-262 3rd Edition – December 1999. JSON is a text format that is completely language independent but uses conventions that are familiar to programmers of the C-family of languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, Python, and many others. These properties make JSON an ideal data-interchange language.

In a nutshell, JSON is a way to serialize data using JavaScript syntax. It is fairly compact, and easy to use. Furthermore, it has become increasingly popular due to the growth of AJAX applications, and the browser’s native support of de-serializing JSON (via eval()).

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Starting podcast : What would you like to hear?

I think I am going to start up a new podcast pretty soon. I already have an idea what I am going to do on it, but wanted to check here and see what everyone would be interested in hearing about, or who I should invite onto the podcast?

Suggestions? Post them in the comments.

Nice Newsmap of MXNA posts

Check out this Newsmap of the most popular posts on MXNA. Created using the Flex 2 / ActionScript 3 beta from labs.

You can view it here.