Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Brujas Bolar (Witches Ready To Fly)

Brujas a bolar (Witches Ready to Fly)

This definitely has to be one of the best coincidences in my life.

A Painting named: Brujas A Bolar (Witches Ready to Fly)

by Francico Goya. 1796-1797 - genuine hand painted oil painting on canvas. Drawing from the Madrid Album (B.56); Chinese ink, wash. 23.7 x 15 cm

Friday, November 14, 2008

Flex, Flash and ActionScript is here to stay...

For all those who are worried about the future of Flex, Flash and ActionScript must read the articles listed below:

Why people are moving from JAVA to FLEX:
Part 1: We are moving from JAVA to Flex
Part 2: Important Differences between JAVA and AS3
Part 3: Beginning the Actual Port
Part 4: Anonymous Classes and the Adapter Pattern
Part 5: Network Communication

Flash CS4 still uses AS3

ActionScript 3 and EcmaScript 4

Hoping, these articles have somehow helped you to see some light at the end of the tunnel. And at the same time got you motivated to learn more about Flex and ActionScript :)

Flash ActionScript 3 Training

Just a few weeks back when I was having coffee with my GANG in our office pantry, I received a call from someone (I don't even remember) inviting me to attend some training on Flash ActionScript. And I was like when will someone invite me to CONDUCT some training on Flash ActionScript. That is when Nitin asked me if I'd be interested in taking up a Flash ActionScript Training in our office itself. And this came to me as an offer I could not refuse.

This training gave me an opportunity to pull up my socks and get cracking. I got the course outline for the training to be conducted. And I utilized my vacation time to read n read stuff on AS3 so that I could get myself well acquainted for the training as per the guideline provided.

Having completed one batch of Flash ActionScript 3 training, I can very well say that just working on projects is not enough. There are times when we need to interact with our community and that is when we come to know where we stand. I got this good opportunity to meet Venkat and Vijay. Meeting them actually gave me the required push to dive deeper into ActionScript. Both are extremely knowledgeable guys and interacting with them made me realize that there is so much for me to learn. And for me this training is just the beginning.

Overall the feedback has been good and currently I am planning to come up with 2 more training modules:
1. Creating Components in AS3
2. RIA development using Flex

To sum up I can say, working on projects helps you grow vertically (and much deeper) on a particular subject and knowledge sharing, interaction on that subject helps you grow horizontally. As in, it adds more breadth to your knowledge base. So keep learning and keep sharing :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Free Online Image Editing Tool - Sumo Paints


Of all the image editing tools available online this one stands apart. And the reason being:
1. Its for free. So you need to make any quick image edits, just visit this site, load the image from you computer and start editing them.
2. The User Interface (UI) of this tool is based on Photoshop GUI (but more simpler) and it has lot of features similar to Photoshop.
3. Plus they have introduced many a new features which is not even there in Photoshop.

These guys at Sumo Paints have really worked hard and it shows.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Learning Flex From Scratch

The "Learning Flex From Scratch" series written by Adam Flater and Scott Sheridan, aims to help not only a Flex novice, but also a programming novice jump into the world of creating Rich Internet Applications using Flex. The installments of the series will cover everything from installing the Flex Builder I.D.E., to some background information on object-oriented programming. You'll even get to learn about advanced topics like source control and design patterns (a la Cairngorm) from the perspective of a beginner.

Learning Flex From Scratch Series...

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Web 2.0 Master's Degree

Hey I just earned myself a Web 2.0 Master's Degree!!!

If you guys wanna be a Master too in Web 2.0 then click on the icon above.

All the best :)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Keeping up with the trend using GoogleReader

If you are finding it difficult to keep up with all the new web tools, trends, techniques, tutorials, articles etc. then here is a simple technique which I use to keep myself updated.
But to use this technique you need a few tools.

  • GoogleReader where all you daily updates from various blogs will come.Igoogle with GoogleReader Widget (for viewing your daily updates without login separately to GoogleReader).
  • Mozilla FireFox Browser (for subscribing to these blogs).
  • A list of personal or community blogs you wud like to receive updates from, everytime a new post is added.
To subscribe to any blog do the following:

1. Locate the subscribe to link or rss icon on the blog page.

2. If you are not able to locate the rss icon, then using Mozilla Firefox browser you can subscribe to your blog by using the rss icon inside the address bar

3. Clicking on the subscription link or rss icon will take you to a page where you need to select the news reader of your choice. In our case we will be selection Google.

4. Selecting Google will take me to a page

5. Finally, you need to have a igoogle widget for GoogleReader, so that every time you launch your browser, (with google as your homepage) you will be able to read the updates on your favourite sites by browsing the links in your GoogleReader widget.
Thats it, now every time you open your browser all the new posts from your favourite blogs would be there right in front of you for you to read. Just a word of caution: dont over-subscribe to all possible blogs you come across. Make sure you subscribe to a few but important blogs, that way you will not be burdened with the task of reading your updates on time.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Interview - Future of Flash

Kevin Lynch, CTO of Adobe talks with eWEEK about open-sourcing Flash, the new Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4), mobile technology and more. Lynch also talks of competing with Microsoft Silverlight and Expression and possibly with Google Chrome.

For complete article click:
Adobe Talks Open Source, Innovation and the Future of Flash

Friday, August 15, 2008

Flex Job Trends

All The Flex Gurus, Studs and Buds...

Lemme share wid you some good news which I stumbled upon while surfing the net..
Indeed Adobe Flex Job Trends

And those of you are overwhelmed after visiting the above links can explore various opportunities at:

All the best!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Flex in a Week

Learn Flex in one week by going through online video training course at devnet. To maximize your learning, Adobe recommends that you view the videos and complete the exercises in the order that they are listed. If you run into problems and have questions, you can ask a question on the Flex in a Week forum.

Note: Before starting the training, please ensure that you have installed Flex Builder. You can either use the free trial version or buy Flex Builder to go through the training.

Link: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/videotraining/

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Futuristic Display

Cheoptics 360™
Already generating industry buzz, the new Cheoptics360™ is set to revolutionize product displays. With revolving video images, that can be seen 360° in all ambient light conditions, Cheoptics360™ brings new life to product launches, demos, and branding in general.

aperture is a facade installation with interactive and narrative displaying modes. Consisting of an iris diaphragm matrix, the facade's surface with its apertures' variable opening diameters is enriched by a dynamic translucency, that creates new imagery as well as a new channel for communication between inside and outside.

Multi-Touch-based devices reminds you of the movie 'Minority Report' where we saw Tom Cruise grabbing, stretching, swiveling and sliding virtual objects across interactive wall monitors.

Multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time and is already used in Apple’s iPhone for scrolling and picture manipulation.

Futurustic Watches

Move over FastTrack guys... Here comes a range of designer watches by TokyoFlash guys in Japan.

These watches are undoubtedly futuristic. And it requires a real smart ass to crack the time on these watches..

Lemme help you crack the time on few of their watches:

Each vertical Green Led indicates 1 hour: 3 x 1 = 3 hrs
Each horizontal Yellow Leds indicates 5 minutes: 10 x 5 = 50 mins
Each horizontal Red Leds indicates 1 minute: 2 x 1 = 2 mins
Time on watch:
3 hrs and 52 mins

Each Red dots indicates 1 hour: 12 x 1 = 12 hrs
Each Yellow dots indicates 5 minutes: 11 x 5 = 55 mins
Each Green dots indicates 1 minute: 4 x 1 = 4 mins
Time on watch:
12 hrs and 59 mins

The Outer Ring indicate hours: 9 dots = 9 hrs
The Middle Ring indicates minutes x 5: 4 x 5 = 20 mins
The Inner Ring indicates minutes x 2: 2 x 2 = 4 mins
Time on watch:
9 hrs and 24 mins


Each Red light indicates 1 hour: 4 x 1 = 4 hrs
Each Green light indicates 15 minutes: 3 x 15 = 45 mins
Each Yellow light indicates 1 minute: 6 x 1 = 6 mins
Time on watch:
4 hrs and 51 mins

P3 Pusher
Time on watch: 4hrs and 26 mins

Instructional Videos

With so many buzz words like like Twitter, Web 2.0, RSS, Wikis, WordPress, PodCast, Delicious etc. making the rounds of Internet it has become increasingly difficult to keep pace with whats happening around. How do one understand them and use it to their own benefit.

There is a different world altogether with people using these technologies and have benefited from it. But for us its still a new word, a new technology, a new concept.

Well to make these concepts simple we have instructional videos posted by some really intellectual people with an open heart.

You can view these videos at:

Most of the videos are posted by CommonCraft guys.

There is youtube too which is widely popular. But the above sites focuses more or teaching.

If there are more sites which you guys have come across then lemme know and I'll update my post accordingly.

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