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Bruce Eckel

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The Extended Flex & Air Jam (View in Weblogs)
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 5:46 PM
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Summary
We've decided to hold the RIA conference at a later date. Instead, you can now extend your Flex and AIR experience for an entire week.
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The cost of adding on the extra 3 days (which includes hiking, discussions and barbeques) is only 150$.

You can find the details here. The main web page for the event is here.

Josh Homes from Microsoft will also be there, and he will help you explore Silverlight if you'd like.


Greg Helton

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Re: The Extended Flex & Air Jam Posted: Aug 6, 2007 1:49 PM
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Bruce, you're not still using Java are you? Having heard you go on about checked exceptions I was sure you had moved on to something better, like assembler I guess. No checked exceptions there!

Bruce Eckel

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Re: The Extended Flex & Air Jam Posted: Aug 12, 2007 4:02 PM
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I've used Python for most of my own development for the last 8 years or so, because of the productivity leverage, for one thing. But I've never found a UI library (in any language) that I've really been satisfied with, which is why I like the Flex solution so much -- basically, they started with the goal of creating good UIs first and worked from there.

Kay Schluehr

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Re: The Extended Flex & Air Jam Posted: Aug 12, 2007 4:35 PM
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> I've used Python for most of my own development for the
> last 8 years or so, because of the productivity leverage,
> for one thing. But I've never found a UI library (in
> any language) that I've really been satisfied with,
> which is why I like the Flex solution so much --
> basically, they started with the goal of creating good UIs
> first and worked from there.

Can you make a comment on complexities regarding advanced controls? How hard would it be to use Flex/AIR to program e.g. a Python console that requires all kind of conditional actions ( e.g. indentation on line breaks that requires control over any key event ) and syntax highlighting?

Bruce Eckel

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Re: The Extended Flex & Air Jam Posted: Aug 18, 2007 4:32 PM
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> Can you make a comment on complexities regarding advanced
> controls? How hard would it be to use Flex/AIR to program
> e.g. a Python console that requires all kind of
> conditional actions ( e.g. indentation on line breaks that
> requires control over any key event ) and syntax
> highlighting?

The relatively simple system I've described here basically uses the Flex UI as a control mechanism that drives the Python program when the user makes requests.

A more complex system with two-way communication can be created by creating a binary socket between the Flex app and the Python program, which would allow the Python program to then generate events back to the Flex app. (For security reasons, the Flex app must initiate this socket).

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