Amazon FireTV Stick Review

So I know some of you have heard of my pending posts (yeah… I’m still working on them… sorta)…

But I just simply had to post this!

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Starling FoxholeControls LayoutHelper

Super quick post… I’ve created a simple LayoutHelper for Josh Tynjala’s FoxholeControls.

This will help simple containers lay out their components without having to do a ton of custom property/member inspection for each child you want to lay out!

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AIR Mobile TextInput/TextArea Key Events

Another quick one comin at ya!

When working on porting over my very first foray into Flex, my Flex particle engine, to the more current Flex4.6 for mobile purposes, I realized I wasn’t getting key events or change events from a debug Spark TextInput!

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Flex Mobile Application Background

This is a short post, in which I show how to set a common background for your Flex Mobile Application.

In Flex 3, there was a backgroundImage style property, but in Flex 4 things have drastically changed. Often times, this means you need to re-skin things in order to achieve your goals.

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Using MX Components on Flex/AIR Mobile

I recently was tasked to get part of an older Flex 3 application onto an iPad. Why not, right? I mean, FlashBuilder 4.5.1 and AIR 3.0 are awesome… This should be cake, right?

There’s a lil gotcha – Flex 3, or MX components, ooorrr Halo components, are not exactly welcomed on Mobile.

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Handling Form Fields in Flex 4.5 / AIR Mobile

While doing mobile development, one of the most frustrating things has been form input.
If you’ve looked at any Playbook development, you’ll see QNX has something called ReturnKeyType specifically for this reason.
Being as stubborn as I am, I wanted a plain Flex approach at accomplishing what I wanted, and not to use the QNX library.

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Flash Builder Max Preview migration guide to Flash Builder 4.5

Most of this actually is related to Mobile development with AIR, considering there isn’t a bunch of desktop development focus in the SDK.

Adobe released an early version of Flex 4.5 (Flex Her0) just before Adobe MAX last year, and tons of people grabbed it and started writing mobile apps with it.
Since then, quite a bit has changed both in common functionality, and under-the-hood things like List scrolling.

I couldn’t find any clear documentation about migrating your applications, so I figured I’d try to throw together as much information as I could think of.

I will be updating this frequently as I find more changes or caveats while converting my apps, or from what I hear from others.
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The Playbook, by RIM

So, I partook in the free Playbook offer sponsored by RIM, and developed a few applications for it.

This post is NOT about my apps, but rather touches on the process, as well as what I think about the Playbook as a device, and platform.
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Mixing Flash and Flex

I was recently asked to give a presentation at our local Flash user group, Flash Dallas.
I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to prepare, but I felt it came out pretty decent.

This is a quick post to throw up the slides, and a link to the presentation.
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A Plea to Developers and Markets

-or- How not to cruddy up our Markets…

Yeah… This is a rant guys… If you don’t agree, tell me – but take rude comments elsewhere. Comments will be open for as long as I can tolerate it (assuming anyone comments at all).

Get ready for a long read – and a lot of personal frustration; this won’t be pretty…
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