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Our company, Farata Systems, offers two online hands-on workshops. Each workshop runs for 12 hours over 3 or 4 online sessions.   1. Developing Web Apps with Angular 2 and TypeScript. Essentials. 2. Developing Angular… More
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,… More
Over the last couple of years the AngularJS became the most popular framework for development of the front end of Web applications. The recent survey of Pluralsight, the best online training resource shows that Angular is leading the skills that developers want to acquire in 2016. This...
Not sure how IT book publishers can survive these days. People are intoxicated with free content. During American Civil War soldiers were bringing liquor to the camps by hiding it in their boots (a.k.a. boot-legging). But this is the ancient history of America. With soft media, there i...
Typically, the conversations that involve Google’s hiring process revolve around the cool questions during technical interviews. Something like, “How many piano tuners are in San Francisco?” Business Insider even published and article titled “15 of Google Interv...
In June a large expo and a conference Cloud Computing comes back Javits Center in Manhattan. This year it includes a new track Internet of Things, which promises to be “The Next Big Thing”. In our company we have enough of early adopters of anything related to software deve...
We’ve just started to work on the curriculum of the new online training titled “Modern Web Development for Java Programmers”. This course will be taught by practitioners from our company, Farata Systems.  The initial desription is here: https://github.com/yfain/WebDev...
Developing applications in JavaScript is not overly productive. You can use CoffeeScript or TypeScript to write code that will be converted into JavaScript for deployment. We are also closely watching the progress with Google’s new programming language called Dart. It’s a c...
While Eclipse IDE is not the best one for JavaScript developers, it’s the most popular IDE among enterprise Java developers. If an enterprise Java developer needs to start developing in JavaScript, the first question comes to his/her mind is “Can I stay with my familiar Ecl...
Back in 2006 I was resigning from a large IT consulting firm to become a partner in a newly created company Farata Systems. During my resignation meeting with a top manager of that firm I asked if he could give me any advice with the new company. He said, “I’ve been managing hundreds o...
Our company, Farata Systems, hires lots of offshore developers who work for us and our clients from the Eastern Europe, which has plenty of good developers. Ten years ago, Indian developers were more competitive comparing to Russian-speaking programmers for only reason: their English w...
More than a year passed since Adobe decided to stop supporting Flex framework and gave it away to Apache Foundation. This writeup is based on the conversation I had with my colleague Anatole Tartakovsky in January of 2013. In this conversation I’ve been representing the HTML5 com...
I’m a partner in two companies – an IT consultancy Farata Systems,  and SuranceBay - a 3 year old startup where we’re creating a software for insurance industry. Brian Morton, my partner at SuranceBay who knows everything about insurance wrote a blog delivering a message that Ste...
I’ve contacted a publisher regarding possible publication of our new book. We’ve been working with these publishers in the past and they seem to be interested, which means the publisher started asking certain questions to see if such a book will have a market value. This blog is ...
OK, our company, Farata Systems has created this nice application using Adobe AIR, and our customers are happy. It’s not a simple CRUD though. We’ve implemented some cool stuff replacing tons of paper forms with PDF documents processing. PDF documents are being scanned, the...
Our company, Farata Systems, started publishing a series of technical blogs on JavaScript and Ext JS framework at http://flexblog.faratasystems.com/. Since Farata Systems is not affiliated with Sencha, these materials will highlight both good and bad things (if any). Trust me on that. ...
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 fram...
Earlier this year, in an interview for Oracle, I made a statement defending hacking. Yesterday, I found a thread on theserverside.com where java developers were sharing their view on the subject. In this blog I’ll take the same two quotes there ignited some arguments and will try to ex...
There are two types of Web applications: those that care about their discoverability and those that don’t.If you are developing a Web application in Flash or Flex for, say, financial advisers (FA) of a brokerage house or salesmen of an insurance company, discoverability is not a ...
I’ve arrived to San Jose,CA late on Sunday. By coincidence, there were three other speakers on the same plane from New York: Shashank Tiwari, Elad Elrom, and Jeff Tapper.  A short taxi ride to Marriott and one of the conference organizers, Tom Ortega, gives us a warm welcome...
The first two weeks of March I’ll be vacationing in training rooms – teaching and learning Flex.  I used the word vacationing because I love this part of my work the most. March 1-2: Advanced Master Class on Flex in Brussels, Belgium. This public 2-day training becomes...
When people are screaming, "I won't use the soft unless it's open sourced", they actually mean the following "I won't to use the soft unless is free and readily supported by authors". People just forget that open source means that the source code is open...
The recent announcement of iPad has ignited yet another wave of emotional discussions around the role of Flash Player in the evolution of mankind. People easily take sides and everyone seems to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Actually the word ‘’people” is too vague in this conte...
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 res...
At this point I’m working on a couple of new presentations for a bunch of upcoming conferences and  seminars and  that will take place in Flex community world wide.While in the past, I was trying to create cool presentations, now I wantbe even cooler and... deliver a bo...
The online publication RIARevolution.com covers everything related to development of rich Internet applications has published an interview with me as a part of the audio podcast Speak Rich. You can download it as an mp3 file or just listen to it at the following Web page: http://bit.ly...
Don’t create new singletons – just use what you already have. Each real-world software developer knows at least one design pattern – Singleton. Flex has some specifics in implementing Singletons due to lack of private constructors in ActionScript, but the goal of this...
In this brief article I’d like to talk about one of the most important aspects of RIA in general and written in Flex in particular – the initial download process.  You application is considered fast for one of two reasons: 1. Well, it is fast 2. It’s perceived to...
The goal of this article is to give you a brief overview of some of the objects from clear.swc, which is a part of the open source Clear Toolkit framework available at https://sourceforge.net/projects/cleartoolkit.Component library clear.swc includes
Our company, Farata Systems, started the process of outsourcing of our Clear Toolkit framework for developing enterprise Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex and Java.  The source code is located in the Sourceforge CVS repository
I work for a company called Farata Systems. The name of our office manager is Laura. She doesn’t know Java. Everyone else does.  We work in the enterprise RIA space using Adobe Flex as a main development tool for creating all these nice sc
My friends from Farata Systems, Victor and Yakov, were at MAX. Yakov spoke on Flex Frameworks at 360 | MAX, was part of a panel discussion on the subject and also preseted a BOF on the subject. Unfortunately, I missed his BOF, because I was busy running my own the same time. It wa...
Clear Toolkit 3.0 is a set of components, code generators, and plugins created by software engineers of Farata Systems that we were using internally in multiple Flex enterprise projects.  In September of 2008, we’ll release its private bet
I’m happy to spread the news – mbusa.com is live! It looks gorgeous, and I’m very proud to be a part of the team that was working on this project (Farata Systems was leading this project on the Flex side).  This is Flex 3