Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Adobe's Overview of Flex free felx3 SDK

"Flex is a free, open source framework for building highly interactive, expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and operating systems. It provides a modern, standards-based language and programming model that supports common design patterns. MXML, a declarative XML-based language, is used to describe UI layout and behaviors, and ActionScript 3, a powerful OO programming language is used to create client logic. Flex also includes a rich component library with over 100 proven, extensible UI components for creating RIAs, as well as an interactive Flex application debugger.

Rich Internet applications created with Flex can run in the browser using the ubiquitous Adobe Flash® Player software or on the desktop on Adobe AIR™. This enables Flex applications to run consistently across all major browsers and across operating systems on the desktop. And using Adobe AIR, the cross-operating system runtime, Flex applications can now access local data and system resources on the desktop"

You can get the complete Flex framework separately from Flex Builder 3 by downloading the free Adobe Flex 3 SDK. Developers can create complete RIAs using only the free Adobe Flex 3 SDK. The Flex SDK is also available as open source in the Open Source Flex SDK project.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

IPTV and Gadgets

I found two more site that has practical information on IPTV and its contents. One is anf another is It is prety new to me.
If you have anybody tried it, please let me know what you think. It seems a little bit different from TV or downloaded media files.... more

IPTV, how close we are?

My Friend mentioned IPTV this morning and got very excited to own a station. I was not sure if it is that easy like to own your domain name. I did some surfing on the web and found some informations on it.

Here is one of them. Following Article is from and written by Darren Murph. To original article Also there will be a Forum in London next March on this, FYI.
"We know, it was a year ago yesterday that we had this very same conversation, but apparently, cable companies aren't heeding the advice of analysts. According to yet another study, this time by ABI Research, "cable providers will soon be faced with a serious bandwidth crunch" as more and more individuals look to online gaming, video-on-demand, and IPTV for enjoying their precious moments of leisure. Compounding the problem is the growing demand for more HD channels in the lineup, and considering that the satellite operators are already raising the bar, cable carriers can only play dumb for so much longer. Stan Schatt, VP and research director for ABI Research, was quoted as saying that "digital switching is key" to releasing some of the strain on current infrastructures, and while we aren't ones to believe that the influx of online TV delivery will debilitate the internet (or cable providers), something seemingly has to give -- and soon."

Monday, August 20, 2007

Google Labs India: A present from Google to India

8/20/2007 06:48:00 AM
Posted by M T Raghunath and Gokul Nath Babu Manoharan, Software Engineers

"Keeping up with the spirit and celebrations of India's 60th year of Independence, we present to you a new platform that showcases our favourite ideas for Indian users: Google India Labs. Enthusiastic bloggers noted our initial announcement on 15th August; now here's the full story."


How much should it cost to build a networking website?

By overlooking project leads site like or , I noticed that there are quite a number of proposal requests related to networking site like or It seems like a big trend in the market.

Myself as a programmer, I wonder how much it would cost to build a site like that. It cannot be done by one programmer and one computer for sure. Just without thinking further, I can count things that are related so easily. It would require eye-appealing design, trendy functions, huge database system and middle ware to swallow all the information, not to mention of nice and steady servers. You cannot forget all the human resources to perform all that.

One of my colleague is saying 75,000 to 100,000. But that is just the planning and building it. So, not sure how much would be the best guestimate but for sure it is not an easy project for few thousand dollars.

See some projects on

What is the real problem with Skype?

***Shaun Nichols in California, 20 Aug 2007
VoIP provider Skype said that the massive outage that crippled its service last week was due to a surge of users logging on after installing the latest Microsoft security update. more

***Skype blames deficient networking algo for service disruption
Russell Shaw from ZDNet Aug 19 2007
Just received this statement from Skype about the current sign-on outage:

Apologies for the delay, but we can now update you on the Skype sign-on issue. As we continue to work hard at resolving the problem, we wanted to dispel some of the concerns that you may have. The Skype system has not crashed or been victim of a cyber attack. We love our customers too much to let that happen. This problem occurred because of a deficiency in an algorithm within Skype networking software. This controls the interaction between the user’s own Skype client and the rest of the Skype network.”more

“Rest assured that everyone at Skype is working around the clock — from Tallinn to Luxembourg to San Jose — to resume normal service as quickly as possible.”

Quick diagnosis, customer and media communication and of course, quick and enduring fixes are the benchmarks for how telecommunications companies manage service disruptions such as this,

Friday, August 17, 2007

The IPhone Is Internet Explorer 4 All Over Again

By Scott Gilbertson on Wired

Facebook, Netvibes and Meebo all launched new iPhone-optimized versions of their sites this week, and all three of them are very nice. But wasn’t one of the promises of the iPhone that it offered “a real web browser?” If that's so, why all the iPhone-optimized sites? And why are these sites being optimized for the iPhone specifically and not just “mobile optimized?”

Google updates its Robots.txt and Meta Tags features

Changes on Robots.txt for a better recognition for site maps.

"Today, Google has improved its Robots.txt analysis tool to better recognize sitemap declarations and relative URLs.
Google's new and improved version of the robots.txt file now tells a site owner or webmaster whether the sitemap's URL and scope are valid.

According to Google, overall testing can also be done against relative URLs with a lot less typing.

Line reporting is also better too. Webmasters now will be told of multiple problems per line if they exist, unlike Google's earlier versions which only reported the first problem encountered.

Google has also made other general improvements to the robots.txt analysis tool and its overall validation."


Photo for the day

Outer Banks Sunset
By Nick Noble

Isn't it just beautiful and mysterious. Love it.

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