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Archive for the ‘Flex 2’ Category

The default minimum height of the scroll thumb is about 10 pixels, which my client felt was a little too small (their data sets usually run into the several-hundreds, which is enough to push it to the minimum at most resolutions). So I set about trying to fix the problem. There was no style or […]

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 22:40 0 comments

So the interaction designers decided that the branches of a menu needed to be selectable (picture a warped checkbox tree, only it’s a menu… and there aren’t any checkboxes). The default behavior of a Menu in Flex can be described as follows: 1. If you click on a leaf, the leaf is selected. 2. If […]

Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 21:41 4 comments

In the little suite of console widgets I created, I was having more difficulty than necessary getting my console to scroll to the bottom as text was added. On account of (what I suspect were) timing issues, when I tried executing console.verticalScrollPosition = console.maxVerticalScrollPosition; the maxVerticalScrollPosition has not been updated to reflect the text that […]

Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 21:09 2 comments

I needed to build a simple command line interpreter for an application I am building, well, I didn’t need to but I wanted something inconspicuous that the testers (and interaction designers) wouldn’t see and complain about. So I threw something together, it was fun. Two basic operations I was constantly needing to do was to […]

Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 20:50 0 comments

I recently built a console for inspecting arbitrary values contained in my data model.  I wanted something similar to the Flex Builder “Variables” window, and though I haven’t arrived there quite yet, I’ll share what I’ve got so far. The mechanics are a little boring: I extended TitleWindow, there is a TextInput where I enter […]

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 18:41 0 comments

Creating Visual Experiences with Flex 3.0 by Juan Sanchez and Andy McIntosh was nothing like I expected.  I’ve been working closely (well, more closely than I’d like, anyway) with some interaction designers, and subconsciously I was expecting it to be more along those lines.  Fortunately for me it turned out much differently. Sanchez and McIntosh […]

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 16:41 0 comments

I wanted to put this little tidbit out for boosting Flex Builder’s performance on all platforms.  I was ecstatic when I got my new desktop this past June (quad-core, 12MB cache, etc., etc.) and the build process flew.  It was awesome (see complaints in previous post about my laptop seeming like a dinosaur in comparison), […]

Saturday, October 25th, 2008 at 19:54 0 comments

After using this blog theme for a few months, I should have known… When I was transferring some of the blogs from my CS 462 labs (which, incidentally, contained a lot of XML) I noticed that this theme was tenacious in the way it ate my angle brackets. Apparently Flex Builder doesn’t like them either when […]

Monday, October 13th, 2008 at 20:22 0 comments

I created a new site where I hope to start posting screencasts of some of the training I’ve been working on.  Nothing great yet, but I hope I can build up a helpful library over time.  More than anything it helps me understand these concepts better. URL updated. Well, here it is: http://flexplanations.com You’ll need […]

Friday, August 15th, 2008 at 20:21 3 comments

From a Flex developer’s perspective, ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook, by Joey Lott, Darron Schall, and Keith Peters is pretty hard-core Actionscript (I know it’s ActionScript… Actionscript is easier to type).  Many of the graphical recipes use the Sprite class, and there are plenty of references elsewhere to classes that have simpler to use, more watered down counterparts […]

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 at 22:13 0 comments