Tour de Flex 2.0 – Nearly 500 Flex Examples!

Adobe has just launched the new AIR 2 based Tour de Flex version 2.0 which now contains almost 500 Flex examples! The new version has new AIR 2 examples (only available in the AIR version of Tour de Flex) including:

  • File Promises
  • Mass Storage Detection
  • Native Process
  • Open with default app
  • Socket Server

Also there are some great examples of the new Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2 APIs including:

  • Gestures
  • Global Error Handler
  • Globalization / Internationalization
  • Microphone access

Those are some great examples but my favorite is still Doug McCune’s Physics Form followed closely by the real-time Tour de Flex Dashboard. :)

If you already have Tour de Flex installed then it should auto update to the latest version when you launch it. Otherwise install it now using the badge installer below.

Flex on Android in Flash Player and AIR

This week at the Google I/O conference Adobe announced that a Flash Player 10.1 beta and an Adobe AIR prerelease are now available for Android devices. This is really exciting news for those of us building apps on the Flash Platform because now we can begin building apps in Flex for these mobile devices (and many others coming soon).

Take a look a some of the quick demos I’ve built with Flex running on Android in Flash Player and AIR:

You can get the source code for all of these demos from github.

Also Christophe Coenraets has posted some great Flex mobile demos. Check out his Employee Directory and Stock Trader demos.

These are very exciting times for developers!

If you want to check out the Flash Player 10.1 beta for Android it will be available in the Android Marketplace for Android 2.2 devices. You can try Adobe AIR for Android today by signing up for the prerelease.

Flex Performance on Mobile Devices

This past weekend I spent an hour optimizing the Flex 4 scrolling demo that I posted last week. The original demo was intended to show how to hook up touch events to the Flex 4 List / DataGroup controls. This new version adds some optimizations for the touch event handling and adds the kinetic flick behavior. Check it out and let me know what you think:

I’ve posted the code for this second version of the touch scrolling demo. It was pretty trivial to optimize it this far. With a little more work it’ll be as smooth as silk and as fast as Apolo Ohno. :)

Over the past few days I’ve received some questions about the performance of Flex apps on mobile devices. My Census RIA Benchmark has been a great way to compare the performance of various data loading techniques and technologies. Now that I have my Android based Nexus One mobile device with an early build of Flash Player 10.1 I wanted to see how fast I could load and render large amounts of data in a Flex application. I’m really impressed with the results! 20,000 rows of data loaded from the server and rendered on my phone in about 2 seconds! Those 20,000 rows can then be sorted on the device instantaneously. Pretty amazing performance for such a little device! Check out the video:

You can run the mobile version of the Flex AMF Census Test and check out the source code. Let me know what you think.

Flex 4 List Scrolling on Android with Flash Player 10.1

UPDATE 1: The first version of this demo was intended to show how to hook up touch events to the Flex 4 List / DataGroup controls. I’ve posted a new version that adds some optimizations for the touch event handling and adds the kinetic flick behavior.

One of the challenges of running existing web content on mobile devices is that user interactions differ between mediums. For instance, on a normal computer with a mouse, scrolling though lists is often done by clicking on scroll bars or mouse wheels. On mobile devices that lack a pointing device this is not the best interaction paradigm. On devices with touch screens the paradigm for scrolling is usually a swipe gesture.

In Flash Player 10.1 there are APIs for gestures and multitouch events. I thought it would be fun to hook up the list scrolling on a Flex 4 List to the TouchEvent on my Nexus One. Check out the video:

If you want to see how I created this simple demo, check out the source code. Let me know if you have any questions.

Flex Apps on Mobile Devices

This week at Mobile World Congress Adobe has been showing off Flash Player 10.1 on a variety of mobile devices. Last week I received Google’s Nexus One device with an early version of Flash Player 10.1 on it. Here is a video I shot today showing how Flex applications can run on mobile devices with Flash Player 10.1 and how existing applications can be tweaked for the size constraints of these devices. Let me know what you think.

BTW: The app I created for the demo is available at bit.ly/tdfmdb.

Time to Update to Flex SDK 3.5a

If you are using a Flex SDK before 3.5a then it’s probably time to update. Flex SDKs before 3.4 have a security vulnerability. I believe the problem is actually in the HTML template, so when you update make sure that you also update the HTML templates that you are using. The Flex SDK 3.4 had the double responder bug. And the initial release of Flex SDK 3.5 had a bug with AIR’s ApplicationUpdaterUI. If you overlay your own AIR SDK on top of the Flex SDK then be aware that you will actually be overwriting the ApplicationUpdaterUI fix (comments in the bug report discuss how to deal with that).

So it’s time to move to the latest Flex SDK 3.5a!

Also, if you are using BlazeDS, LCDS, or FDS then it’s time to update that as well due to a security vulnerability that was published yesterday.

Flex and The Cloud

The combination of Flex and The Cloud is quickly becoming an IT and paradigm changing combination. Here are a number of recently published resources for learning more about this :

Exciting stuff! Let me know what you think!