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RegExr: Online Regular Expression Testing tool for Actionscript 3 Developers

Posted by vipin on April 19, 2008

Grant Skinner has released an online tool called RegExr aimed to help ActionScript developers edit and test Regular Expressions in ActionScript 3.0.


Learn Regular Expressions in ActionScript 3.0 and Flex

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RIA War – AIR, Flex, Silverlight, Prism, and Curl. The weakness and Strengths

Posted by vipin on April 16, 2008

The RIA war is ON. These are the main player now in the field of RIA and RIA on Desktops:

I have just read an article on emerging tech blog of eweek.com. Generally the article points to the weakness and strengths of each of the programs, although, maybe you will not agree with some of the used terms or sentences.

Read the article here.

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Flex Tutorials and Blogs list

Posted by vipin on April 15, 2008

Flex and AIR is amazing.. The amount of help and tutorials on the web also is numerous.. Here are is my list of tutorials and showcases. If there are any surprise misses, please add 🙂

The list will be huge. I will add to it when get some time. Whoever read this, please add if the list seems to be small.

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Communicating between Flash CS3 and Flex 3 applications

Posted by vipin on April 15, 2008

We had a strange situation at work of loading a Flash CS3 application inside Flex 3 application. As everything is AS3, I thought everything will work smoothly. But at the time of integration we have to finally understand the fact that the Flash CS 3 application cannot be loaded into Flex application, and it is giving an error which says ‘Cannot change the name property’ or something like that.

We tried various things and finally after few hours of Google’ing it was obviuos that a Local Connection will only do something. We made one more Flash CS3 app which will load the Flash CS3 and Flex 3 application into it and using Local Connection, both the application will communicate. At the same time we found an amazing library by Grant Skinner, which is called SWFBridge, which can be used to have different swf applications talk to each other (as3-as3, as3-as2, flex-flash etc). Here is the link to the source of the library, and it is free to use if you are not modifying the source. You just need to declare the instance of the class as instance property and say connect(). The communication works without any issue, and make sure you call the close() method when the communication is no more required, or else if the application is not properly shut down, it may cause issue.

I dont know this is the best method for fixing our issue, but it was a good workaround at the last moment, and thought I will share with others who have the same issue.

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Automated testing support for your Flex Applications

Posted by vipin on April 7, 2008

Flex now allows you to have automated testing using testing tools. I have seen few examples from Borland and IBM.

Borland released SilkTest 2008 which can perform functional testing for Flex apps and SilkPerformer 2008 which can do load testing with AMF.

One more news is that Adobe is working with smaller testing tool builders like PushToTest as well to add Flex testing to their tools.

Their offering looks good since it’s free to certain amount of testing threads when you get the supported version. And reasonably priced for larger scale testing needs. Plus it is open source as well if you want to compile on your own.

Compare this to very expensive tools that Borland and other big players provide.

I think something like free and opensource PushToTest would be a pretty good match for the free and opensource Flex SDK.

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