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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 management for only a couple of navigator containers, without using any additional ActionScript or MXML tags. Although this is a good start, we often need more options to build truly custom applications. In order to implement your own custom history management, you will need to use the HistoryManager ... (more)

If I were in academia, I’d love Adobe!

Okay, maybe I do already love the Adobe RIA tools, but… if I didn’t, I’d be smitten with their latest offer to the community. Once again, Adobe is reaching out to the community by giving away free licenses to their RIA development tools. Free Flex Builder licenses to academia and to the unemployed. And now, free ColdFusion licenses to academia. So, if you had your choice of using the best RIA development platform (for free) or any of the up-and-coming tools, which would you choose? Check my post on On3 for information about free Adobe licenses. ... (more)

Fast Track to ColdFusion 8 Classes Added

On3 has some excellent ColdFusion Classes scheduled during the next few months to celebrate the grand opening of our new headquarters and training center location on the 16th Street mall in Denver. The new address starting on August 1st will be: Denver Petroleum Building, 110 16th St, Ste 604, Denver, CO 80202. Please drop by and see us sometime! The Fast Track to ColdFusion 8 class covers databases, forms, search-interfaces, templates, and getting information in and out of ColdFusion. The class teaches an experienced object oriented or scripting language veteran the tips and tr... (more)

FITC Mobile Presentation on iPhone Development

Just finished my presentation at FITC Mobile 2009 in Toronto. And it went very well! I had lots of questions and was able to answer all but one. The presentation was about building native iPhone applications using JavaScript and HTML instead of Objective-C. I’m currently using Titanium Mobile to does this. I’ve posted a slide share of the iPhone development presentation at On3. ... (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)