Archive for February, 2011
A Plea to Developers and Markets5
-or- How not to cruddy up our Markets…
Yeah… This is a rant guys… If you don’t agree, tell me – but take rude comments elsewhere. Comments will be open for as long as I can tolerate it (assuming anyone comments at all).
Get ready for a long read – and a lot of personal frustration; this won’t be pretty…
MobileNumericStepper, and MobileLabelStepper2
As Flex 4 (and in this case particularly Hero [v4.5]) works its way into the public, we continue to see components that aren’t there yet. Sometimes they do exist, but haven’t been optimized for mobile (this also has some ambiguity as to what that fully entails).
In the interim, we have to fend for ourselves and build custom components… Well, that’s not always all that fun, but also not always that bad!
I’ve done the dirty work, and created a MobileNumericStepper, as well as a MobileLabelStepper as a parent to it.
There’s a few good use-cases for serialization; for me the first and foremost is the performance combined with ease of use.
In AIR we have SQLite access, or in a bad case we can write some format to a file and recover it later somehow via parsing. But why? That’s a lot of work… And it’s not the fastest approach either.
And what about if we’re doing a browser application that we want to save a state of something, but don’t want to host the storage and write a web service to handle data?
We don’t have stealth access to the filesystem directly, which makes it hard (errr, impossible) to silently store things on behalf of the user.
We can actually tackle both easily using serialization.