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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)

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)

How to install Adobe AIR on Linux

Download Adobe AIR from the Adobe downloads. Open a terminal window. cd to download directory chmod the AdobeAIRInstaller.bin to 755 su -m enter password ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin ... (more)

CFUnited has lots of Flex Training Sessions

One of my CFUnited sessions: AIR: Building Desktop Applications with Flex 3 - http://cfunited.com/2009/topics/235 Here is a little Q&A about CFUnited and me. 1. Have you spoken at CFUnited in the past?  What would you tell someone who hasn’t been to CFUnited before? Yes, I have spoken at CFUnited in the past. And I’d have to equate it to seeing your favorite band in a small venue. Same great talent, but not nearly as crowded allowing you to easily network with so many very talented people. 2. Why should people attend your session(s)? If you have been wondering about, thinking about... (more)

Denver Adobe Flex Training Added to June

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)