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If your team is interested in a hands-on, in-depth exploration of how to develop web applications with Angular 2, I can run a two or three day workshop in your organization. Participants will gain practical, skills while exploring the best practices and principles of developing Angular 2 applications and get familiar with multiple sample applications illustrating solutions for real-world challenges. By the end of this live, hands-on course, participants will understand: How to jump-start a new Angular project How to arrange the client-side navigation in single-page applications How to communicate with servers using HTTP and WebSocket protocols And they’ll be able to: Write code in TypeScript with the Angular 2 framework and deploy it in any modern web browser Unit test the router, services, and components Automate the building and deployment processes using the Webpa... (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)

Adobe Flex 2: Advanced DataGrid

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 ... (more)

Picking the Right Technology for Enterprise Rich Internet Applications

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 or experiment with such newcomers as AJAX, Flex, Silverlight, or JavaFX. While Internet brings a lot of noise where "it's cool" is the most popular definition, this presentation is an overview of what's out there on the enterprise RIA market. We'll talk about pros and cons of using various techniques and technologies for development of the front end for complex distributed systems. Speaker Bio: Yak... (more)

Built4Flash Launched by Farata Systems

RIA Track at Cloud Expo There are about 250,000 developers working with Flex and AIR. If you add an army of ActionScript developers, this number will grow substantially. Where do you go if you have a technical issue while developing RIA? As of today, there no one place to ask questions and get answers.  A respected forum flexcoders uses the outdated and hard to follow Yahoo! groups.  Some people try to find answers visiting blogs they trust. Some developers post their questions on Twitter. About a year ago Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood released a well designed and easy to follow... (more)

Immersing into JavaScript Frameworks

During the last month my colleagues and I were immersing into the world of modern JavaScript frameworks. We didn’t start from scratch though. My business partners spent the first 5 years of this century porting PowerBuilder, a used-to-be-popular client server tool, to a JavaScript framework. That product was called XMLSP and you can still find its 5-year old version online. The word AJAX was not even invented back then. In 2006, a killer UI framework Adobe Flex 2 was released and we started using it. It was clearly better than any AJAX offering, and I was not shy in publishing bl... (more)