Sep
19

The more and more I have an opportunity to work with Flex 2 the more excited I get. It's relatively easy to build complex, rich applications in a fraction of the time it would take to build something inferior in say HTML. I could go on and on about my love for Flex 2 but I wanted to post a quick recommendation for Ray Camden's Creating a Flex 2 Interface for the BlogCFC Application on Devnet. Ray's article is relatively short but right to the point in demonstrating core Flex 2 development with MXML and ActionScript 3. He also demonstrates how to hook up Flex 2 to a ColdFusion MX 7.0.2 backend with Flash Remoting. You'll see Flash Remoting result events handled with Flex 2 ArrayCollections - a best practice in Flex 2 given the automatic translation of server-side datatypes to ActionScript 3 datatypes, better data-binding, data collection sorting, and more. After reading through Ray's article I recommend folks check out the Flex 2 front-end to Ray's blog. While viewing the Flex 2 app you can right-click and select "View Source" to view the MXML code. From the view source screen you can download an entire zip file of the Flex 2 front-end which includes all the MXML for each of the pod components and the ActionScript 3.

Links in this post:

Creating a Flex 2 Interface for the BlogCFC Application
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/coldfusion/articles/flex_blogcfc.html

Flex 2 / BlogCFC Front-End
http://ray.camdenfamily.com/BlogCFC/bin/blogcfc.html

Sep
19

Music From the CBS Show Smith

Posted by Aaron West at 10:40 PM in Music

Tonight, the new CBS show Smith aired. The new suspense/adventure/thriller starring Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Amy Smart and others, was heavily advertised over the summer as one of the networks blockbuster features. I just got through watching it and it was decent. What was more than decent was the nearly full length musical number towards the end. I have a feeling lots of people will be looking for this interesting electronic track which is called "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap. In addition to finding its way on "Smith" the track can also be heard on Zach Braff's The Last Kiss soundtrack.

Click here to check the song out on iTunes.

If you weren't able to catch the pilot episode you can view it on Google Video here.