Category Archives: Flex

Episode 12: Adam Flater

In this episode we chat with Adam Flater.  Adam is active member of the Flex community.  In addition, he is the founder of the Merapi project, which provides a bridge between Adobe AIR and Java on the client.


Episode 8: First Steps in Flex with Bruce Eckel

In this Episode, we welcome Bruce Eckel in a video we recorded at the QCon San Francisco conference. Bruce and James recently released a book titled, First Steps in Flex. The book is designed to be a quick intro for those interested in learning Adobe Flex.

In the video, we discuss the Code Jams and OpenSpace conferences Bruce hosts, the RIA landscape, and James and Bruce’s book.

Bruce’s Upcoming Events:
Code Jam: Flex / AIR Jam (February 25th-27th)
Open Space Conference: Java Posse Roundup (March 3rd – 6th)

Bruce’s Hybridizing Java Article

Episode 7: Enterprise Flex Applications and Anvil

In this Episode, we chat with Anvil project founder Ryan Knight. Anvil is an Open Source project that was built to help make Enterprise Flex development easier. In addition, it provides a portal environment for running Flex applications.

Ryan shares details about the problems Anvil solves, and the projects long-term goals. We also discuss some of the challenges of building applications with the Flex framework.  Also, look for the cameo appearance of Gorilla Logic CEO, Stu Stern.


Episode 6: Flex for Managers and Architects

This video is the genesis of Drunk On Software. We had discussed doing an interview on Flex for Software Managers and Architects for quite a while, and only that day decided it could be a series. We start the interview by calling it Scotch Talk and endorsing Chet Haase’s humor book. We are still trying to master things like the audio and video size, so please bear with us.

In the interview, we cover many architecture questions around Flex and AIR in detail, including the following items:

Episode 4 – When I am King

In this episode we chat with Chet Haase from the Adobe Flex SDK team. In his spare time Chet entertains and educates many with his humor blog, his recently released book “When I am King“, and a technical book about Swing co-authored with Romain Guy called “Filthy Rich Clients“.

Here’s the episode. Let us know what you think.

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Episode 3: Performance Pitfalls of Flex's ArrayCollection

On a recent project Jon discovered some performance issues with ArrayCollections in Flex. In this episode we discuss some of the realities of working with large data sets in Flex. For additional details read Jon’s blog about the performance problems with ArrayCollection and check out the associated bug in Flex’s bug db. We’ve also put together two Flex demos that illustrate the performance issues:

Check out the video and let us know what you think.

Episode 2 – Flex Automated Testing and FlexMonkey

In this episode we interview Stu Stern of Gorilla Logic.  Stu and Gorilla Logic recently launched FlexMonkey, a record / playback testing tool for Flex applications.  Stu discusses the in-and-outs of FlexMonkey, and how it differs from other Flex testing tools.  In addition, Stu dialogs with us on the conceptual and religious aspects of software testing.

FlexMonkey Resources:

BTW: We continue to learn more about the video making process. The sound and light is better in this episode but we did forget to turn off our cell phones which causes that annoying occasional noise. Bare with us as we continue to improve the quality and substance of these videos.

BTW2: You will notice that in this video we reference “Scotch Talk” which was what we planned on calling this before we came up with the “Drunk on Software” name.

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