David Flatley

Tag: PXL Designs

Thanks Bill and Microsoft for screwing up my weekend

by on Feb.24, 2008, under Adobe Flex, Nonsense, PXL Info

And costing me time and money I might add. It’s a good thing I came across this article online the other day. It seems that ole Bill and his pals at Microsoftunfurled their latest monkey patch for Vista in the form of Service Pack 1. Nothing new here, no big deal, but for me it was a big deal :)

My software, Attest, the Adobe Flex 2 Certified Developer practice exam happens to use it’s copy protection from a company that just so happens to be one of the very few on a list of other companies who’s software is affected by this update. Most of the other companies directly affected by SP1 are primarily made up of anti-virus, internet security, and anti-spyware manufacturers…….you know, no big deal. Who cares for that kind of software anyway, not Bill!

So as you can see, Bill releases monkey patch for Vista, that makes certain software programs explode that otherwise worked great, so those companies release updates for their products and “stuff” rolls downhill…….good thing I noticed that my software would be mangled and created an update, or I may have been hit with a ton of support issues without knowing that Bill decided to revamp his OS yet again.

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Taxes are Taxing

by on Jan.13, 2008, under Nonsense, PXL Info

It’s that time of year again. For my company, PXL Designs, it’s been it’s first full year of existence and that means….what else? Time to reconcile with Uncle Sam. I spent the day searching through QuickBooks and disemboweling the file cabinet for obscure receipts, check stubs, and other various forms of paper remnants of a year’s worth of holding a company together.

If you’re like me, your file cabinet is jammed packed with carefully placed papers that are sorted in a completely illogical manner and that never occurred to you until the day you find yourself sifting through the hours of papercuts trying to decipher your own system. If I’m not far off, I may have come across some additions to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Anything is possible in my cabinet.

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What would you like to see in Attest 2.0?

by on Dec.28, 2007, under Actual RIA info, Adobe Flex

I’ve had some very cool feedback on Attest 1.0, and got some great ideas from other developers on how to improve on Attest 2.0 for the Adobe Flex 3 Developer Certification Exam when that comes along eventually. I’m compiling a list of features that I personally would like to see, but if you’ve used Attest and have some feedback, fill me in! I want to hear any ideas that would make Attest kick some butt!

Attest - Adobe Flex Certification Practice Exam

Some ideas that I had, as well as ideas from other developers using Attest are:

  • Learning Mode:
    • Should allow user to choose amount of questions for custom tests. This way the user may only have 10 mins to spare, but could still create a custom test (5-10 questions for example)
    • Ability to check the answer during viewing of the questions for learning mode only. Instant feedback would be nice.
  • Test Mode:
    • Same ability to choose custom number of questions and time for each test, as well as the premade tests.
    • Possibly view the results per question as stated above, rather than go to a different results page.

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Adobe AIR Beta 3 – descriptor file porting

by on Dec.13, 2007, under Adobe AIR

I ported AirSpace today from AIR Beta 2 to Beta 3 and overall it wasn’t that bad. Heh! First off, I originally used Rich Tretola’s UpdateManager class for AirSpace’s updates before, and it looks like he updated his entry for Beta 3 already. Wish I knew this before I upgraded mine :P Oh well, it’s done now. If you want a cool way to update your apps, that one works like a charm.

Nothing massive changed, its all pretty easy, but rather than chase all the new stuff down, I figured I’d post in case someone else runs into issues.

The first issue I had, was to remove references to Shell.shell and replace with nativeWindow inside the ActionScript. At least that’s one thing the new compiler was griping about and is now fixed. Referencing the application descriptor file from within the code had a few minor changes. The first thing I did after installing Beta 3 for AIR and Flex 3, was just create a new AIR project for AirSpace. That way, I had a new descriptor file to play with and seemed easier than chasing down any artifacts in the old one.

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Yup, it’s the same guy who runs PXL Blog

by on Dec.03, 2007, under Actual RIA info

I’ve been pretty jealous of all the things WordPress lets you do and the usability compared to Nucleus CMS, which I use for PXL Blog. Since this is my first post here, let me introduce myself. I’m Dave Flatley, the same guy who writes on PXL Blog, the same guy who runs PXL Designs, LLC. In fact, the same guy who created Attest 1.0 and AirSpace. Ok enough yakking about that.

Why did I start another blog?

Pretty simple, I love WordPress and I had to give myself and excuse to play with it. So I figured I’ll keep PXL Blog more (or less) professional and mainly about PXL Designs and RIA technologies we use, projects we’re working on etc. But this blog will be mine…….MINE DAMNIT!! I can write what I want here! It’s MINE!!

Sorry…but don’t look for professionalism here. Well maybe some, but although you might pick up some useful info on the RIA world, I’d much prefer to write about other things on this blog. Things like the Wrath of Dee Snyder or Steven Hawking…. or the vast difference between the two.

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