The Flashchemist

Flash, Flex, Actionscript, Photography, and more…

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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Shu – alternative to mdm Zinc?

Posted by vipin on April 7, 2008

Check out shu .

Its a projector creator for Adobe Flash/Flex like MDM Zinc. Shu uses Adobe AIR runtime. It actually packages the AIR runtime along with the application files. Its definitely an alternative to Zinc, untill Adobe comes up with same kind of solution, where you don’t have any dependability to distribute your application. AIR application now needs the AIR runtime to be installed in user’s machine.

I was a fan of mdm Zinc, when I moved from Director. The kind of flexibility and commands provided by Zinc was amazing when you compare with Director. I was happy when I heard about Zinc 3.0 and the new technologies going in there. Zinc 3.0 is good, but MDM disappoints me by not having a solid product out to the market. Its still buggy and so unstable that we cannot use it in our project deliveries.

Shu says its solid (as MDM) but it should be true as the underlying engine is AIR. I am going to give a try to it, and probably I can write my experience.

But, Adobe should come up with something like this…

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Ubuntu 8.04 Coming soon

Posted by vipin on April 7, 2008


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Adobe MAX In India?

Posted by vipin on March 27, 2008

Happy to hear some noise from Vivek and Peter. I am new to the community and new to publishing my views to the world. I have seen Abdul’s view also on why Adobe is not looking for India.

@Abdul – If India is a country where most % of Flash users go with Pirated software than original ones, Adobe should try to overcome it right? They can do this by making some noice in the market, inspiring people. I don’t even know why atleast Adobe India is not doing that. I am not talking about the product launch meets they have, where most of the people sleeeep. Events like MAX where you can interact with greats of the platform will inspire the developers out here. I have been to the MAX bangalore when Macromedia was behind the platform, and it has changed me and my friends a lot.

As Peter says, Microsoft is all around in India.  So, it will be easy for Microsoft to push things like Silverlight (nothing bad in  it). Also most of the people use pirated software from Microsoft, and Microsoft has come down to the root level and almost getting it cleaned. They are conducting police raids and fines, penalties…

Adobe can clean this by better inspiring people, because they have the right rich platform – If piracy is the problem.

I am seeing an international event in India – RIA Architect Summit, where Evangelists like Ben Forta and James Ward are coming down. There are others, but I am not familiar with the names. But as you know this is a platform to know more people and build relattions, and ofcourse build your knowledge. I am not sure whether I missed any events which happened in India.

Now you have the statistics by Vivek, ground realities by Peter, view points from Abdul, Adobe has to decide. If they come, Good. If they don’t come, life of RIA/RDA developers will go on as it is…

I think the total number of Flash/Flex/AIR developers in India will be more than the total population of Contries Adobe is touring now (MAX, AIR). If you have market where you have less money coming in (which is growing also) and another one where you are enough sales happening – Where you will invest? Where you will go?

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Offline version of Gmail?

Posted by vipin on March 20, 2008

I’m hearing about a few things that Google is planning to do to newly compete with Microsoft’s enterprise offerings.

First thing is that google is coming up with an offline version of Gmail. Other people say that Google, or a company working with Google, is going to come out with a new server that will let corporations replace their Exchange servers with ones made by Google.

The news may be false, but it is coming from all over…

From what I hear we won’t have to wait for Google’s next developer conference to see some of these things come out, although that’s not too far off either.

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Its Summit and Seminar time from Adobe

Posted by vipin on March 15, 2008

Adobe RIA Architect Seminar 2008 – April 3rd, Thursday @ The Chancery Pavillion – Bangalore

A seminar for the RIA architect and decision makers. Well known Adobe platform evangelists like Ben Forta and James Ward are coming down to bangalore. The event is free, but seats are limited. So, please hurry to book your place here, if you are Flex/Flash architect, or a technical lead.

AS3 Ground Up tour – by Collin Moock

The date is confirmed as 29th of April, 2008. Please visit the home page for more details and registration. Again its a free event, but need to register.

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Flash and Web Events ‘ 2008

Posted by vipin on February 16, 2008

There are 2 major flash events coming up in 2008 for flash and web developers.

Adobe AS3 Tour –

Its a training program on Action Script 3.0 by Collin Moock, an event organized by Adobe. Bangalore is the only city in India, where they will be hosting the event. The dates are not declared yet, but think it should be March. Please watch out the ‘Events’ section for the updates…

Singularity –

Singularity is the first largest online web conference in the world organized by Aral Balkan, an active flash community member for last 10 years. Aral founded OSFLASH.

Singularity is three days of talks over multiple tracks.

In 2008, Singularity will define Web ‘08.

Singularity is in the early stages of planning and is scheduled for October 24-26th, 2008.

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Twelve Essential Photographic Rules

Posted by vipin on January 6, 2008

From Sunny 16 to Moony 11, 8, and 5.6, these facts, formulas, and photographic rules can get you out of a jam and help you get good shots when nothing else will.

Here is the link: Twelve Essential Photographic Rules

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Cochin to Bangalore — via Munnar

Posted by vipin on May 19, 2007

Cochin to Bangalore, VIA Munnar – – Growing IT City to Grown up IT city, VIA nature : How is it? he he

I happened to drive to Cochin in my car due to unavailability of tickets (Reason). The drive was fun 600 KMs. The up journey took 14 hrs and we didn’t have a camera to copy the beauty of Udumalpet, Marayur, and Munnar. We didn’t expect that the nature will be this beautiful and that we will have to face wild elephants on the way. We reached Munnar at 6.30 pm, but it was already dark. So, the return journey was planned, so managed to arrange a decent camera, 3.2 MP Canon Powershot… We started at 5.30 am from cochin and reached Munnar around 10 am. The road was bad as it is normally in Kerala these days. So time to show you the beauty of Munnar:









You would love to ride like this…





Some serious shopping…



Pit stop…This is somewhere in marayur -Chinaar wildelife sanctury. We saw only deers this time..

This one is from Udumalpett. This village is full of wind farms… wherever you see.. its all wind farms



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