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A Java Programmer's transition to Ruby on Rails

There is much out there on the topic of migrating to Ruby on Rails for an experienced Java programmer. I figured I’d add my two cents, as I have finally drunk the Kool-Aid. I switched to Ruby on Rails late last year, and developed a subscription and content management system in Ruby on Rails, went back to a Java project, and then back to Ruby on Rails. The switch back to Java gave me an interesting insight into
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Defining RIA Interaction Patterns on time in Flex Agile Development

Putting more attention to User Interaction Design is naturally becoming a standard practice with RIA. With RIA technologies, classic Interaction Patterns are only building blocks, not solutions. With raised possibilities, Patterns have become more complex.
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jQuery goodness with ASP .NET

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Application-Development/Microsoft-Adopts-OpenSource-jQuery-JavaScript-Library/ This piece of news has brought about great cheer in the Web Developers community. jQuery has been fast gaining reputation in the world of web-development as a light-weight, flexible and easy-to-use Javascript library. Integration of jQuery with Microsoft’s development platform should provide web developers wi
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Flash Player on iPhone gossip

First thing that came to my mind when I initially heard about the iPhone was the multi-touch possibilities that would start changing the way we create Flash/Flex interfaces (hopefully through SDK extension supporting multi-touch on Adobe’s side triggered by iPhone release). It looked very promising and natural to me in the beginning that this will be the route. Flash is a great part of the Internet experience a
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Symphony of Ruby on Rails and Flex through RubyAMF

In a project that I am currently a part of, we inherited Ruby on Rails from our client’s system and project front-end was designated to be developed in Flex. RubyAMF came naturally. I have been working with two other AMF frameworks prior to this: AMFPHP and WebOrb. My experience with both was that they are fairly hard to set up and once you go through that minefield, everything works excellent. No need to say t
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"Build half a product, not a half-assed product" – tips on clarity and focus from Jason Fried of 37Signals

Jason Fried from 37Signals spoke yesterday at the ITA “Speaking of Success” event, about the history of 37Signals, their philosophy and culture, and the critical business decisions they’ve made to get them where they are today. The software biz is fundamentally broken. Too many products fail because of the obsession of adding more and more, and trying to do too much. Jason went on to say that the ap
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Mouse wheel (scroll) Event in Flash Player running on a Mac

One of the great advantages of Flash technology is cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility. That is almost entirely true but a few things did slip Adobe. A big issue that was overlooked is support for mouse wheel event on Mac OSX. A pretty basic functionality you would think. If your interface is heavily relying on mouse scrolling, your audience on Mac’s will probably have a “so how does this work&
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Flash/Flex physics engines and examples

Flash technology has gone a long way from simple vector animations. Today it has support for video and audio, 3d rendering and interaction, all kinds of advanced data visualization libraries, great components of all shapes, sizes and purposes. What caught my eye lately is that there is a lot of 2D and 3D Physics engines being added to the list.
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Data visualization and the art of conveying information

As a coder, I go over tremendous amount of information on daily basis. My case is no different than anybody’s else living in the world today. Regardless of where we live and how we spend our time we are saturated with all kinds of information, a lot of it that we don’t care about and a lot of it that we wish we had fast access to, if at all. Ironically, computer technology adds to the problem more often t
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Custom Flex 3 Lightweight Preloader with source code

Here we will have a demonstration to an age old problem in Flash (and inherited in Flex), the preloader. I think that the Flex community has long ago grown bored with the default preloader, which I am very thankful to Adobe engineers for providing it in the first place. It's just that we keep seeing it over and over and over...
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