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As Flex Architects / Team Leads can attest (at least those of us who do the proper preparation for a project), choosing an architecture to base your code upon isn’t an easy task since many good ones are out there, however each is like a relationship that leaves just a little off the table to be truly a desirable solution. However as with any framework worth it’s work, most of them are highly extensible without the need to modify the original to achieve the characteristics you need / want.

RobotLegs: Mediating sub-content to a Spark NavigatorContent pane.
Turns out there is a ‘bug’ and/or limitation when using the spark-based layout framework, and thankfully it’s a relatively easy one to over come. It has to do with the <s:NavigatorContent /> and how those children are built according to it’s creationPolicy as set by an appropriate container (TabNavigator, Accordion, and so on). Because the mediator is triggered on the FlexEvent.CREATION_COMPLETE event, it doesn’t take into consideration that while additional containers will be put on the stage, their containing children will not be instantiated since it’s part of the deferred process. This leaves the mediator in ‘limbo’ land since we obviously want to setup the user gestures for all the guts of the container (combos, buttons, data grids, etc). (more…)

I’m putting this out there as a give back to other Flash-Flex developers that want to use Joomla! as a data repository for any projects, in part because Rune Skjoldborg Madsen has taken the time to build specific component views in php to change the transport layer to XML.

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A quick example of a photo gallery using the standard SDK SliderIn a world of visuals (well at least our little world of RIA development), this is freakishly basic. [Edit: After trying to get this to show up as an inline swf using WP-SWFObject, I gave up on it since it refuses to put up the content, so instead it'll have to be a retarded link for now.]

So essentially while it works, the control doesn’t tell you anything about what you’re about to see, other than an index of the photo which lets face it isn’t that helpful. Knowing previously there is a reference property to the sliderDataTipClass, I began to look up how to implement my own. Essentially all I want is something relatively basic that shows a scaled-down thumbnail of the image (you can get a lot more detail out of it once you know the basic mechanics of how to set one up). (more…)

Using XML-RPC as the data gateway:

WordPress as of 2.2 already offers xml-rpc based access, so this cuts down the amount of outside code you need to write, however for anyone who has gone digging through the php will notice that while they include several different API’s, there is some key functionality that is missing in order to really take advantage of Flex – Flash based RIA solutions. (more…)