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In any GUI tool, one of the most popular components is the one that shows data in a table format like JTable in Java or Datawindow in PowerBuilder. The Adobe Flex 2 version of such a component is called DataGrid. In any UI framework, the robustness of such a component depends on formatting and validating utilities as well as a whole suite of data input controls: CheckBoxes, ComboBoxes, RadioButtons, all sorts of Inputs, Masks, and so on. Using theatrical terminology, the role of the king is played by his entourage. Practically speaking, touching up the DataGrid is touching up a large portion of the Flex framework. We'll start by upgrading the standard DataGrid to a "destination-aware" control capable of populating itself. Next, we'll look at the task of formatting DataGrid columns and that would naturally lead us to a hidden treasury of the Flex DataGrid - the Data... (more)

Comparing the syntax of Java 5 and ActionScript 3

From Farata Systems flexblog Below is a short comparison table of major elements/concepts of these two languages for a quick reference. You can read this table either left-to-right or right-to-left, depending on what’s your primary programming language is today. This list is not complete, and your input is appreciated. Concept/Language Construct Java 5.0 ActionScript 3.0 Class library packaging .jar .swc Inheritance class Employee extends Person{…} class Employee extends Person{…}   Variable declaration and initialization String firstName=”John&rdq... (more)

Rich Internet Applications - State of the Union

[This prescient article first appeared on SYS-CON.com nearly 12 months ago.] We are entering an era of Rich Internet Applications (RIA),  and many enterprise development managers are facing the dilemma - which way to go - remain with  tried and true Java or .Net technologies or less known yet AJAX, Flex, OpenLaszlo or a number of other vendors.  This article is an attempt to give a brief overview of what's out there on the RIA market. Historically there have been major shifts in the software industry. We moved from mainframes with dumb terminals to client/server. Users gained in c... (more)

Creating PDF Documents from Flex Applications

There are three ways of creating PDF documents from Adobe Flex applications: (1) by using the forms/LiveCycle designer - this process is well documented and requires someone to create XDP form (an Acrobat XML Data Package file), the data model and establish a process of synchronizing Flex application with LiveCycle, (2) by treating PDF printing as one of the features of your Flex application, seamlessly providing printing functionality (with or without LiveCycle Designer), and (3) by using Snapshots available in LCDS, which uses bitmaps to represent Flash content While the first ... (more)

Clear Toolkit 4: The Road Map

Here’s the roadmap for Clear Toolkit 4 for the year of 2009: Offer data synchronization solution for AIR/BlaseDS applications - March 2009 Enhance Flex UI component to support PDF generation on the client - April 2009 Release documentation on classes from Clear component library (clear.swc) - May 2009. Offer a solution for Flex-based portals - May 2009 Open source most of the components of Clear Toolkit - August 2009 All components of Clear Toolkit will remain free of charge under MIT license. For Clear Toolkit production support contact Farata Systems at http://www.faratasystems.c... (more)

Yakov Fain Launches Clear Toolkit Magazine on Ulitzer

Yakov Fain, one of the top 3 Ulitzer bloggers, launched a new magazine on Ulitzer as a one stop shop for all Flex/AIR/Java developers who decided to use open source Clear Toolkit framework for developing enterprise rich Internet applications. Yakov Fain is a Managing Director of Farata Systems, consulting, training and product company. He has authored several Java books, dozens of technical articles. SYS-CON Books released his latest co-authored book , Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex and Java: Secrets of the Masters in Spring 2007. Sun Microsystems has nominated and a... (more)