Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Changing the Z-Order of ObjectHandles in Flash Builder 4

I've been working with ObjectHandles in few Flex projects but this is the first time I've implemented
it in a Flex 4 based project. Changing the Z-Order of the ObjectHandles is a bit different here,
since Flex 4 uses the IVisualElement object to control the index of each element in a container.

Below is a sample that allows moving objects backwards and forwards either one step
at a time or all the way.

Source code can be found

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dynamically adding MXML components to the application

A few days ago, a question regarding MXML components was raised at the Flashoo forum.
The question was how can we add an MXML component defined in the project, at runtime, 
by its name. The name is build dynamically as well. When I tried to do so - I found that it is a 
bit more complex than it looks. The reason is that the Flex Linker and Compiler do not include
such components in the output SWF since there is no reference to them in the code.
The solution is to include a reference variable for each component, even though it is not really
used. Check out this little example. You can find the source code here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Free Flash Builder 4 from Adobe!

Adobe is giving away free licenses for Flash Builder 4!
If you are a student or unemployed (or maybe both...) you can sign to get your free license.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

FilterFunction in ArrayCollection

Each time I have to implement an array filter, I find myself deeply impressed with the Flex ArrayCollection Filterfunction feature. 
If only they had it in Flash... If you are not familiar with it - here goes: 
FilterFunction is an ArrayCollection property allowing the definition of filter conditions for the data.
The function receive each object from the array and decide if it should be filtered out or not.
The result is returned as a boolean value.
Since this function can combine as many validation terms as we wish, it can easily implement multiple filters.
Here is a little sample. Just type inside the Filter field: 

I used "toLowerCase" in order to disable the case sensitivity. 
Also, the function looks for the input text anywhere in each listed country (not only at the beginning). 
And yes, I know not all the countries are listed...
Source code is here.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Great website for designers/developers freebies!

I like this website...
Lots of freebies for designers (icons, templates etc.) and developers (Flash/Flex open source).
For your consideration...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Background Tiles & Object Handles

In one of my recent projects, I had to build a tiles background for a resizeable window and an element that the user can move and resize.
For the tiles background I used the excellent CanvasBackground.
For the elements I used Object Handles which reside on Google code.
Here you can find a little sample combining both features. Source code is here.

If you wish to see my implementation - here is a link to a part of the application I'm working on.

Monday, May 31, 2010

4 Matrices graph

 chartOur creative product managers had an idea to produce a graph which enables viewing up to 4 simultaneous matrices. 
Since our web team fled to their lunch break (I guess they saw it coming...), they came to visit me. 
This visit resulted in the following mock-up:

OK, I know Google Analytics are doing a better job, but still - I think the result is rather cool.

Play with it (not all the features are fully working). Let me know what you think...

Sorry, but the source code can not be released right now as it belongs to the company I work for.
If you have any questions, my E-mail is always open...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

!אל תיגע במקומפלים

A sign in our R&D department.
Funny... (in Hebrew)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hello World!

A new Blog is born... Mazal Tov!

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I've been developing Internet and rich-media application for 15 years. In my work I emphasis usability and best user experience as well as sleek design. My main expertise are JavaScript, Flex and Flash.