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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)

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)

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)

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)