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Having built/architected/developed/consulted many Adobe Flex applications and being one of the first certified Flex instructors in the world, I’ve seen a lot of Flex applications. Some good, some bad. But no matter how many applications or who I’m talking to, I always stress the importance of securing proprietary information. By securing, I mean don’t put it in your application. Unless your are encrypting your application and decrypting at runtime, you are subject to a decompiler exposing your secrets. There are Flash decompilers that will take any SWF and give you the source: Trillix Flash Decompiler is one of the best commercial tools I’ve found. I’ve even seen guys decompile, make changes and then recompile a Flex app. This is scary! Say goodbye to licensing software in Flash. But HP just released a tool that has caught my eye as well. (Note: I have not tested this ... (more)

Swiz API reference documentation

Swiz is a framework for Adobe Flex that aims to bring complete simplicity to RIA development. But, until recently, the documentation was limited. But now… Swiz 0.6.2 Actionscript API Reference: http://swizframework.org/ Swiz Framework Site: http://on3solutions.com/swiz062/ Swiz Framework Source: http://code.google.com/p/swizframework/ Enjoy guys. Now start coding! ... (more)

PaaS vs. Managed Virtualization

I’ve been reading a few discussions on how to more effectively manage development of a Flex project. And the reason many are looking for a solution has nothing to do with Flex, per say, but has more to do with the complexity of our development environments. The hidden reason is cost. Cost for setting up each developer environment. Cost of licenses. The bigger reason is, or should be, security. Enter Platform as a Service (PaaS) to the conversation. Although the idea of using the cloud for development is good in theory, it can be cost prohibitive. Here is why: • The cost of using... (more)

Twitter Updates for 2010-06-16

USA vs England in Legos! Love it – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXo2nm2ODF0&feature=youtube_gdata # ... (more)

Adobe Flash Player licensing doesn’t apply to you!

Let me start with the punch line: Adobe’s announcement only applies to browser-based applications that use domain memory IN COMBINATION WITH hardware accelerated Stage3D in Flash Player If you don’t know what these features are, this announcement does not effect you. Read the official announcement It’s funny to me how a simple statement gets construed when passed on to even one person. This phenomenon is called  Chinese Whispers. Unfortunately, in our fast paced world, we don’t actually pay attention enough to prevent this from happening nor the erroneous blow back regarding th... (more)