Thursday, July 14, 2011

Printing Invoices with Flex 4.5

This is my first attempt at a print preview control for Flex 4.5. I am not a component developer so it does not have a lot of features right now.It currently supports multiple pages, basic navigation and printing. The ability to export directly to pdf has some bugs so it might work for some people.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Mate Project Template for Flash Develop

I've been working with Silverlight and C# for a few years now and I really like the MVVM pattern. I've been wanting to implement the same pattern using the Flex framework which lead me to a really great Flex framework called Mate. It only took me a few hours to wrap my head around the framework and get an MVVM style application up and running with Flex. The only issue I ran into was the lack of Flex 4 specific documentation. So I've created a Flex 4 project template for Flash Develop that will get you started quickly.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Flash Player 10.1 Released

Adobe has release Flash Player 10.1. Go get it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

IPod Touch and IPad Alternatives

When Apple closes a door somebody opens a window :) Here are some alternative devices to Apples IPod Touch and upcoming IPad.

IPod Touch -> Zii
IPad -> Joojoo

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ajax vs Flex vs Silverlight vs Other

HTML 5 has been causing a real stir in the RIA community recently. There has been a rise in "Flash Killer" articles and blog posts. I guess everybody has a right to their own opinion. The problem I have with nearly all of these stories is what they choose to compare. You can't just compare Flex to Silverlight for example because they're composite platforms. A more accurate comparison would be Flash Player vs Silverlight Runtime. Nearly every Flex vs Silverlight article I've read treats Flash and Flex as one entity and it's not. Here is a list of what I believe to be valid comparisons.

Flash Player vs Sliverlight Runtime
Flex SDK vs Silverlight SDK
Flash + Ajax vs Flash + Flex SDK

One comparison I would like to see more of is the Flash + Ajax vs Flash + Flex SDK. How does Ajax compare to Flex when you allow the use of Flash to fill the gaps in Ajax. When working with Ajax applications there is nothing wrong with using Flash just were you need it. I have recently discovered Ext JS and so far my experience has been alot better but only time will tell. I'm about to port a large Flex application to Ext JS :)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Flash Pivot Table Component

I've been searching for a Flex based Pivot Table component. I found one offered by FlexMonster. It looks really cool and is able to handle large datasets. There is only one small problem. I can't download an evaluation and nobody is responding to my email. If anybody knows of a better way to get a hold of the guys at FlexMonster. Let me know :)