Handling Dates across different geographies


This is a tricky one – evaded me for a while. Synopsis of the issue: Flex messaging (BlazeDS is what we were using) deals with dates in a very special way. The dates are transferred to/from client / server post conversion to UTC and then they get converted to what local time zone. Let me […]

Performance | Advanced DataGrid rendering


In one of my projects there were some custom needs where we wanted to display values in cell based on the data passed. This led us to write custom ItemRenderer’s. Considering that we were creating multiple instances of Containers like Canvas, Box with-in led me to thinking how would Advanced Data Grid, respond to this […]

Singleton – Boon or a Sin


Over last few weeks, I have faced quite a few issues with Cairngorm’s Singleton pattern and I decided to put forward a post that should help in making some decision. While I found a few articles about Singletons, but not even one that talks about how should we use Singletons. Ask any programmer, and they […]

Creating Layouts in Flex


Creating layouts in Flex should be easy, specially when you are using Flex builder and drag and drop capabilities. But, it is a little tricky than it seems and if you choose to ignore some of the finer details, I promise you will be stumped mid-way. While, I found some articles, but I still find […]

Flex Best Practices


Best Practices while developing in Flex/ActionScript 3.0 Use of Design Patterns As in any other language, use of design patterns is also recommended in Flex. Some of the most widely used and successful pattern in Flex world are: Command Pattern: As a design pattern, Command Pattern is used where objects are used to represents actions. […]