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March 31, 2008

Adobe AIR Linux Alpha

Adobe has dropped the first public bits in their effort to port Adobe AIR to the Linux platform. You can download them from Adobe Labs. Keep in mind this is an alpha release and everything definitely isn't there, yet.

Tags: air linux

March 30, 2008

Priorities

Lately I've been trying to figure out what my priorities are. This has been prompted by a number of factors one of which is that it is just the phase I'm in. It started off with borrowing the book "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. I started reading it but then "other things" came up and it has been sitting on my desk unopened for some time now.

It isn't that I don't want to read the book or think that it won't help. Almost anything I read I expect to generate some tangential ideas or realizations. My hangup is that reading it would be conforming too much to a pragmatic life, which I already associate myself with. Rash is not a word people typically use to describe me.

I find myself writing this blog entry instead of reading that book or possibly working on a project of interest. The latter causing no end of "why didn't I" moments when I see others producing what I was thinking about. I say thinking about not planning or working on since very rarely does an idea go beyond thinking for me. The act of writing that prompts me to add that some projects do get done as most of my previous blog entries for this year attest to.

This maybe just a feeling that I could be doing more? That brings to mind the concept of "personal velocity" as introduced to me in "The Acorn Principle" by Jim Cathcart, another book I started to read, put down and haven't picked up again. While I know some of my own limitations and am mostly comfortable with them, I'm positive in other areas I'm my own harshest critic and think that I could be doing more when in fact I may already be operating at 110%.

While this entry hasn't done much beyond ramble somewhat coherently over a few short paragraphs, the behind the scenes process has been much more cathartic. It has helped me remember some great articles from writers more eloquent then me that address similar material. In particular "Good and Bad Procrastination" by Paul Graham and tangentially related "Set Your Priorities" by Joel Spolsky.

Tags: life priorities

March 10, 2008

User experience considerations with SQLite operations

An article I wrote for the Adobe Developer Connection entitled "User experience considerations with SQLite operations" has been published. Its focus is on issues Allurent uncovered while working with a SQLite database on the Allurent Desktop Connection application for Anthropologie that was demoed at Adobe MAX 2007 in Chicago.

Tags: adc air article flex

March 1, 2008

Antennae 1.2.0 Released

Antennae version 1.2.0 has been released. Grab it from http://code.google.com/p/antennae/. Highlights of this release include:

  • Changed to standard naming conventions for properties, targets, tasks, and directories
  • Updated support for AIR 1.0

For anyone not familiar with Antennae here is a brief description:

Antennae is an open-source project designed to automate the building and testing of Flex applications. It uses Ant and Java to provide cross platform utilities to compile Flex libraries, Flex applications, generate FlexUnit TestSuites, and run FlexUnit tests in an automated manner. Antennae also defines a framework for building complex projects with multiple dependencies and intelligently handling recompilation.

Tags: ant antennae flex

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