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My company, On3, has added another Adobe Flex 3 Rich Client Applications class for June 1-3, 2009 and the Flex 3 LiveCycle Data Services Integrating with Data and Messaging class for June 4-5, 2009. The class is in Downtown Denver the first week of June. Which is an absolutely beautiful time to visit Colorado. ... (more)

Adobe Flash and Flex Accessibility with Screen Readers

First, yes, screen readers can read Flex applications. And yes, its fairly easy. But, I’ll discuss how in a future post. But, if you’d rather send people to your old HTML version of your site when using a read, there is good news. Flash Player has the ability to detect if a screen reader is running on the client machine, even if JavaScript is disabled and/or the Flex application is not compiled as an “accessible swf”. This is possible with the Accessibility class. It is important to note that if the Flex application is compiled as an “accessible swf”, the screen reader will also ... (more)

Five Reasons Why My Tweets are Better than Yours

Some tweeters use “Shock ‘n Awe” and others use humor (that’s humour for my Canadian friends.) OT: Should I call them “tweeters” or “twits”? Never mind, let’s talk about some of the things you can do to make the most of Twitter. Just like the subject line to an email, each tweet should get to the point very quickly. In fact, many of us read email in the same way we read tweets (only the first 140 characters.) Lets face it, if you’re not Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, getting a bunch of people interested in what you have to say doesn’t come easy. But with a little advice on the subt... (more)

No One is Moving from Flex to HTML5

The fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is been slung around by profiteers like folding chairs at a WWE event. The haters are still being haters. Nothing new there. But now I see JavaScript companies’ desperate pleas for Flex developers to start using their HTML5 software. The context is all wrong here.  Very, very few Flex developers have shifted, moved, changed over, or whatever you want to call it… to HTML5 (or anything else JS-based.) There is not a move to HTML5 I will go as far as to say that there is not a move to HTML5. The simple fact is that, developers are being develop... (more)

Back and Forth

For over a decade now, we have been trained to use the "back" and "forward" buttons in our Web browser to review or backtrack previously viewed content. We are trained to the point that there are even keyboard shortcuts. Unfortunately, this can be a problem when browsing Flex applications. Being the well-trained users that we are, we often forget that we could cause the Flex application to reload unwittingly. Fortunately, there is a solution that is built into the Flex SDK and HTML templates that are generated in a Flex Builder project. By default, Flex enables history managemen... (more)