Welcome!

Expert Adobe Flex Training

Rob Rusher

Subscribe to Rob Rusher: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Rob Rusher via: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories by Rob Rusher

Another quick post… I was stuck recently with a Flex component that had a List with an itemRenderer. The itemRenderer contained another List with an itemRenderer. Now the problem with this is that the data had unique counts and the lists had variable row heights (variableRowHeight = true). The result was that containers would not dynamically resize enough to display the whole List. In other words, the List was clipped and vertical scroll bars were displayed. After trying several ways to get it to resize correctly and failing miserably, I extended the List component. As I was doing this, I found another post about an AutoSizingAdvancedDataGrid by the guys at WorkDay in which they had similar issues with the AdvancedDataGrid. Since the AdvancedDataGrid is similar to the List, I only had to make a couple of changes to get it working with the List component. Once I get... (more)

Adobe MAX 2009 Online

Watch MAX keynotes, streamed live from Los Angeles-register now (go to http://max.adobe.com/online/ ) On October 5th and 6th, Adobe MAX Online will feature the keynotes, streamed live, highlighting the newest and most exciting developments in the world of technology. Join 10 minutes early and participate in the backstage behind the scenes action. View the top three sessions from each day on demand: Check back each day by 8:00 PM PT, from October 5th to 7th, to see the top session of the day from each track: Design, Develop, and Envision. You’ll be able to view these sessions on dem... (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)

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)