Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Old book clarifies Cairngorm

I have to admit that while I'd read a few things about Cairngorm, it still seemed murky to me. The fog cleared when I read chapter 20 in Developing Rich Clients with Macromedia Flex. It's interesting that although the book predates Cairngorm, its description of techniques that Cairngorm later embodied made things click for me.

This book has cleared some other Flex fogbanks for me, too. I think it's truly a gem that's slipping into the sands of time.

Caveat emptor: the book is based on Flex 1.0/1.5, with ActionScript 2.0 -- you'll need do some translation as you read it, and some things simply no longer apply. But I think it's still well worth the money.

Getting Started with Adobe Flex

I hope to make it more presentable when time permits but FWIW, here are some rough notes on some resources to help people get started with Adobe Flex.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Chick Magnet

While waiting in line at Subway yesterday, an attractive woman noticed the book I was reading and struck up a conversation with me. The book? "Official Rules of the NFL"

I've never gotten that sort of attention with "Java Persistence with Hibernate" or "JUnit in Action", to name two of many.

Among many other things I learned that the ball must a Wilson. Period.