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The problem of arrogance

Mar 13, 2014 1:40 AM
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A little over two weeks ago, my father-in-law sent me an article entitled, Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates.  The article is excellent (as is the NYT article that it’s based on), but what particularly got my attention were the things that Google’s Laszlo Bock had to say about what he calls, [...] (translate)

Thumbs Up for Apache Flex

Oct 14, 2013 1:30 AM
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We have a fairly complex enterprise application that is built with Flex, BlazeDS, Java, and Spring. Version 1.8 is currently in production, and we are looking forward to delivering 2.0 before the end of the year. The Flex client by itself includes over 78,000 lines of code in 1062 files. In addition, it leverages our [...] (translate)

Is Chrome ready for enterprise applications?

Aug 31, 2013 3:33 AM
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The mailto handle is a standard that has been in place since the beginning of time, in Web development terms. That being the case, we might expect it to be supported by all browsers in a consistent and predictable manner. However, it turns out that at least one major browser has not managed to reliably [...] (translate)

Flex a Top-Level Apache Project

Jan 15, 2013 12:25 AM
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This will be old news for some, but Apache Flex is now a Top-Level Project of the Apache Foundation: it’s out of the incubation stage! Also, Flex SDK 4.9 is now available, complete with a shiny new installer. This represents the work of a lot of brilliant, dedicated, and hard-working people. It is great to see their [...] (translate)

Release mode, describeType(), and keep-as3-metadata

Sep 26, 2012 11:28 PM
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The previous post outlined an issue that we faced as a result of the fact that describeType() outputs more information when the SWF is compiled in debug mode than when it is compiled in release mode. This post provides a couple of possible solutions. Solution 1: Compiler Option The first solution was referenced in a helpful comment [...] (translate)

Debug and describeType()

Sep 3, 2012 9:27 PM
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My team is building an enterprise web application with a Flex UI that generates its screens at runtime based on XML files. It determines how to form its data service requests, what components to use, how to configure the components (line styles, custom data grid columns, etc.) all based on the XML, using a schema [...] (translate)

Can Adobe kill Flash?

Dec 14, 2011 2:34 AM
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I continue to hear from recruiters looking for senior Flex and Flash developers. The recruiters represent clients who are looking for engineers, trainers, and architects to work on new projects as well as existing applications. So perhaps you will understand when I say that I’m still not convinced that Flash is dead. Over the years, we [...] (translate)

Gmail spam filter failures

Feb 24, 2011 6:38 AM
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I had come to trust Gmail’s spam filter so much that I never checked the spam folder. In fact, I had not checked it in several months - maybe even a year. But this evening I saw Cliff Hall’s post about Google spam-filtering itself, and decided I had better take a look. Sure enough, there [...] (translate)

Pitfalls of responsive development practices

Jan 21, 2011 5:43 AM
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None of the teams I have worked with to date has fully adhered to a formal Agile methodology, but most of them have taken a highly iterative and collaborative approach to the development process. Although “agile” is a good word to describe such an approach, it seems better to avoid its use here since formal [...] (translate)

I’m Back

Jan 19, 2011 10:48 PM
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Very few posts on this blog are personal. This is an exception. I have neglected this website for well over a year now. During that time a number of people have posted questions about things I had written or left comments to inform me of broken links, but I have not responded. I want you to [...] (translate)

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