Data Paging in Flex 4

I know — you’ve heard it from me before — AMF rocks! With AMF you can load massive amounts of data into your Flex (or JavaScript) apps very quickly. This can often obviate the need for paging data. But what if you have lots, and lots, and lots of data? Well then you should use data paging. And here is how… There is a new collection wrapper class in Flex 4 called “AsyncListView”.

Mobile Flash & Flex Development

Just a quick note that tomorrow (October 12, 2010) I’ll be presenting a session at the Rocky Mountain Flash Camp on Mobile Flash & Flex Development. It’s going to be super fun! Hope to see you there.

Webinar Tomorrow: Building Client/Cloud Apps with Flex and Force.com

I will co-presenting a free webinar tomorrow (September 28th, 2010) on building Client/Cloud Apps with Flex and Force.com. There are two times you can choose from: September 28, 2010 | 6:00 a.m. PDT | 2:00 p.m. GMT | 6:30 p.m. IST September 28, 2010 | 10:00 a.m. PDT This session will walk through how you can get started building applications for the web, desktop, and mobile devices using Flex and Force.

Flex Development on Linux with IntelliJ IDEA

It’s kinda hard to believe that I’ve been doing Flex development on Linux for over six years now. In that time I’ve tried a few different tools. Vim will always be my favorite but debugging is painful. Flex Builder for Linux worked but lacked major features and commitment from Adobe for continual improvement. Most recently I’ve been using IntelliJ IDEA for Flex development on Linux. It’s been working great! There are a few things I’ve had to get used to but they are doing a great job of providing superb tooling support for Flex.

My JavaOne 2010 Sessions

Next week at JavaOne 2010 I’ll be co-presenting two sessions! On Monday Jeremy Grelle and I will present “End-to-End Richness: Integrating Java EE Services to Create Engaging RIAs” at the Hilton San Francisco. Here is the session information: Session ID: S313939 Abstract: Flex is one of the most widely used tools for building RIAs. But how do you efficiently connect applications to diverse back-end services built on Java EE? The Spring BlazeDS Integration project has emerged as an effective solution for building a lightweight connective tissue for exposing rich Java EE services to a Flex client from any Java Servlet container.

Flex 4 Fun Book by Chet Haase

My buddy Chet Haase has written an excellent book on Flex 4, called “Flex 4 Fun”. Chet’s humor, insight, and concise examples make this a “fun” way to learn Flex. Artima.com has posted some excerpts from the book to give you an idea of what to expect. Check out these great snippets: Bend your Pixels with Flex 4 States and Components in Flex 4 State-Specific Property Values in Flex 4 Graphics in Flex 3 and Flex 4 State Transitions in Flex 4 for Intuitive UIs Stroke of Genius: Drawing Lines in Flex 4 Fills in Flex 4: It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts If you are just getting into Flex or haven’t yet made the switch to Flex 4, then this is a great book to buy.

Bay Area Event: Building RIAs using Flash Builder for Force.com

Salesforce.com is putting on a great event on August 25 in San Mateo, California where you can learn about how to build RIAs on the Cloud with Flash Builder for Force.com. This will be a great opportunity to meet the team that built the tool and learn how to use it! If you can’t make it then check out the article I recently published “Building Client / Cloud Apps with Flash Builder for Force.

How to Define Styles on Skins in Flex 4

The new component / skin separation in Flex 4 (the Spark Architecture) is pretty nifty. But if you want to add a configurable style to a skin then that style must be defined on the component. For instance if you want to add a backgroundColor style to a Button skin then you need to first create a new Button component with the style on it: package { import spark.components.Button; [Style(name="backgroundColor", type="uint", format="Color")] public class SButton extends Button { } } Then create a new Button skin that uses the style:

Building Client / Cloud Apps with Flash Builder for Force.com

I have a theory. The majority of people who use enterprise software today use old school Client / Server apps. We’ve been trying to move these apps to the web for more than ten years. The ease of deployment of web apps is a clear motivator. Yet the client capabilities of the plain old web browser have not been sufficient for many apps to make the leap. This is why I love Flex and the Flash Platform.