Friday, June 4, 2010

Flex 4

Flex 4 is a sexy framework that lets you write code that feels more like coding a desktop application—except it runs inside the Flash Player. Because it targets the Flash Player, you can build new rich Internet applications (RIAs) without worrying about browser compatibility nonsense, JavaScript, CSS, and so on. Because Flex 4 targets one platform (Flash 10),you don’t have to worry about platform compatibility issues. The write once, run anywhere (WORA) dream that client-side Java programmers had—before it turned into write once, debug everywhere—can finally be realized, but with Flex. Flex achieves what previous technologies such as Java applets failed miserably in attempting: applications that feel like desktop applications but that run inside any modern web browser on Windows and Mac.

Now that you’re excited about Flex 4, let’s take a deep breath and get an overview of the platform.

In Flex 4, we write code in MXML (XML files with an .mxml extension; M for Macromedia, the company that created Flex and that was acquired in 2005 by Adobe) and ActionScript (text files with an .as extension) files and compile them into an SWF file (that is, a Flash movie), which runs in the Flash Player.This SWF is usually referenced by an HTML file, so that when a user with a modern web browser loads the HTML file, it plays the Flash movie (prompting the user to download Flash 10 if it’s not present). The SWF contained in the web page can interact with the web page it’s contained in and with the server it was sent from.

Even if you’ve never created a Flash movie in your life, don’t consider yourself a designer, and wouldn’t recognize the Timeline if you tripped over it, you can use Flex to create attractive applications that run in the Flash Player. Flex development is easily learned by any intermediate level developer with either web (HTML and JavaScript) or desktop UI (such as Windows Forms or Java Swing) programming experience. A Flex 4 application is just a Flash movie (SWF), which lives inside a web page loaded by a web browser that has Flash 10 installed.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Right Ways to Web Designing

In web development, the design of the website is considered a very important element for its success. One reason why it became important is because the design of the website is what build's a website's credibility as well as its trustworthiness in providing their services to customers. The design of the website doesn't only involve the use of colors, shapes, images, and simple animations, it also makes use of basic human understanding on how they would interact with your website and find the information they are looking for. The true purpose of web designs is to allow our visitors to quickly and conveniently find their goal in our website.

Colors  Clashes
The use of colors is integral to the success in conveying credible services to prospective clients. According to Web design experts, this involves the right use of colors such as light against dark or dark against light.

Images and Animations
According to Web design  experts, putting images is also very important in the design of a website. It puts more life in a web page other than the use of colors and shapes. Although putting images can add to a website's credibility, too much of it could cause the website to load too slow which could also cause for visitors to leave the website.

Animations in websites are usually used in banners or in logos. However, many websites today have come to use the technology of Adobe Flash to create a full Flash website which is both entertaining and artistic. Although entertaining, the use of heavy Flash could also slow down its loading which could cause visitors to leave. Although there is the use of preloaders, the fact that it takes too long increases the chances of visitors on leaving the website.

Another is the use of font. Fonts used in a website should be readable and understandable. Many websites have come to use the font comic sans to make their websites more inviting. However, according to Web design  experts, using fonts such as comic sans and other "stylish" fonts may reduce a website's credibility, particularly when if its a corporate website.