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A Simple, Table Driven Approach to Multi-Choice Questionnaires – Part 1

photo credit: jasoneppink I’ve been working on a project recently that involves a desktop AIR application running (mostly) offline with a local SQLite database. Occasionally the app will synch collected data remotely with a central server that will have an administrative and reporting web front end. Various parts of the AIR application involve filling out a series of multi-choice questions. Considering that the
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3D Data Visualization in Adobe Air

[SWF]http://www.pathf.com/sites/pfd/flash/player.swf, 520, 330, file=http://media1.www.pathfinder-development.com/assets/AirDat/3DFlex2.mov&image=http://www.pathf.com/sites/pfd/img/cases/3dflexview.png[/SWF] As part of our ongoing development in the air traffic logistics and weather forecasting space, we developed a three-dimensional prototype for tracking flight path data and meteorological readings using Flex,
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Performance Optimization for Flash Player

Time and again the same scenario arises. An app is being built and it’s all going fine until the very end when performance issues start to appear. Optimizing Flash performance is certainly the most boring part of Flash Platform development but it’s a cornerstone without which you, the Flex developer, can not do without. An app is worth nothing unless you provide that effortless flow of interaction at all
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ZendAMF vs. AMFPHP

So far, of all the AMF frameworks I have been a proponent of AMFPHP and RailsAMF. I still don’t know RoR very well (working on it), but I’ve been using PHP for a long time and have grown to love it so AMFPHP was always my natural choice. Now we have a new player in Flash Remoting arena – ZendAMF. Why should anybody care when AMFPHP was just fine? A few reasons.
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Flex Camp Chicago '09 Community Showcase Presentation Summary

Here is some follow up information from the Flex Camp Chicago ’09 Community Showcase presentation.
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Category and UI changes on Pathfinder blogs

If you read one or more of the Pathfinder blogs in our web interface, you may have noticed some tweaks to our navigation and top-level categories. Our goal in making these changes was to help different audiences drill down to the specific content that interests them. Instead of just a few top-level categories, we now boast around 20, though many posts appear in multiple categories. To subscribe via RSS to any specifi
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Using Flex Code Generator (FCG) with Flex & PureMVC

Recently I’ve been working on a Flex prototype using the PureMVC framework. I will talk at length another time about just how much PureMVC successfully solves a lot of problems that we encounter in interface development and especially about how much this framework is important for all those complex interactions that we expect out of our RIA interfaces. Starting out with PureMVC is not a particularly easy task.
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PureMVC, Spanning the Platform Spectrum?

At Pathfinder we do a fair amount of desktop style development — iPhone/Cocoa, WebForms, Swing — and web application development — Grails, Rails, JSP, ASP.NET, etc., etc.. In the last two years we, like a lot of other software development shops, have experienced a convergence in our efforts. The web is coming to the desktop in the form of Air and the Desktop is coming to the web in the form of RIA&#
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Papervision3D 2.0 (Great White) in Flex 3 (Part II & III combined) with source code

The purpose of this demonstration is to use Yahoo Map and Papervision3D as a base for creating/importing 3D Objects with reference to actual locations on planet Earth using the Adobe Flex framework. Demonstration is packed in an air application for which you can also see and download fully functioning source code.
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Mash Note: Tumblweed: Tumblr blogging client written in Adobe AIR

I haven’t tried to hide my ambivalence about Adobe’s move into the RIA market. That’s why I feel duty-bound to share my positive experience with a newish AIR application: Tumblweed, a desktop client for the Tumblr micro-blogging service. Currently in beta release, with new iterations coming quickly, Tumblweed lets you post photos, quotes, links, audio and full blog posts – any of Tumblr’
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