My Picks from “Adobe AIR Developer’s Toolbox: Resources And Tutorials”

Adobe AIR apps in UbuntuThese are my picks from “Adobe AIR Developer’s Toolbox: Resources And Tutorials”:

  • De MonsterDebugger is an open-source debugger for Adobe Flash, Flex and AIR. De MonsterDebugger itself was built with Flex and AIR.”
  • ScaleNine provides inspiration and resources to designers and developers working with Adobe technologies. The site offers a variety of themes and skins to turn vanilla Flex and AIR applications into custom visual experiences.”
  • Adobe AIR JavaScript Developers Pocket Guide: “This book provides a quick introduction to developing applications for Adobe AIR. The book gives an overview of Adobe AIR, shows how to set up your development environment, and discusses new Adobe AIR functionality and APIs. Once you have finished reading this book, you should have a good understanding of what Adobe AIR is as well as how to build HTML and JavaScript applications for it.”
  • AIR Cheatsheet: “This 7-pages long Adobe AIR cheat sheet, created by Sean Moore – print out, learn and use as a quick reference.”
  • Six must-see Adobe AIR sample applications: “Applications available include Twitter Desktop, Kuler Desktop, Fresh, Finetune Desktop, DiggTop and SearchCoders.”
  • “A great collection of 75 Adobe Air samples from Kevin Hoyt.” These emphasize JavaScript.
  • Jonathan Snook: “Of course, this is only the beginning of what you can do with Adobe AIR. You don’t have the same level of control as building a native desktop application, such as being able to launch other applications, but you do have more control than what you could have within a web application. Check out the Adobe AIR Developer Center for HTML and Ajax for tutorials and other resources.” This is one of the few AIR tutorials I have encountered that does not depend heavily on proprietary Adobe tooling.
  • This is another free-form (SDK-only) tutorial by Akash Mehta: “Walk on AIR: Create a To-do List in Five Minutes.”
  • Peter Elst: “Introduction to SQLite in Adobe AIR”—this one features a video.
  • Cesare Rocchi: “Building an Adobe Air application with Flex”
  • Selected videos: “Webcams, PNGs and AIR,” “Drag and Drop in AIR,” “Developing AIR in Flash,” “Getting Started With AIR on Linux,” “Embedding a Browser in Flex 3
  • Jason Bartholme: “101 Adobe AIR Resources to Add to Your Toolbelt of Awesomeness”

“Deleting is Publishing, And Amazon Never Removed 1984 From Your Kindle” and other links…

DSCN0150Gawker.com: “Is Amazon.com just trying to be creepy? It’s already headed by a ‘chuckling maniac’ being sued over defective Kindles and swindling newspapers on the e-book reader. Now his company is quietly deleting people’s Kindle books. It’s Orwellian. Literally. …A publisher changed its mind about selling George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm electronically. So Amazon agreed to just go ahead and remotely delete bought and paid for e-copies of the books from people’s Kindles.”

Yahoo! “We’re Firing! Then, ‘We’re Hiring!’”

Gawker.com: “The company is becoming infamous for its bingeing on and purging of personnel. Winter before last, Yahoo laid off around 1,000 employees, then immediately announced 459 new openings. In the spring came more layoffs, followed soon after by billboards like the above, snapped by Flickr user ‘nfarmer’ next to U.S. Highway 101: ‘We’re hiring!’”

“Yahoo! protects user privacy—and gets fined?”

blog.cdt.org: “The court agreed: It found that the availability of Yahoo! Mail to Belgian residents, combined with what it believed to be the use of Mail in connection with criminal purposes within Belgium, was sufficient to find that Yahoo! Inc. has a commercial presence in Belgium. Therefore, Yahoo! was subject to Belgian laws, and thus in violation of a telecommunications statute that compelled disclosure of the requested data.”

Astrobiology Magazine: “A New Way to Keep Clean” and other links…

The God Particle

Astrobiology Magazine: “It is almost impossible to get a spacecraft completely clean before launch. Because of this, one of the biggest difficulties in searching for life on planets like Mars is not contaminating the research site with microbes from Earth. Now, scientists have developed a new cleaning protocol that could help alleviate the problem.”

“Physics and philosophy: Much ado about nothing”

The Economist: “Move away from the collective scale, however, and peer closer at empty space, that is, a volume from which all matter and forces have been removed, and it buzzes with energy. The smaller the space, the greater the fluctuations in the energy that pervades it. This makes the void fizz with activity, as particles and their antimatter counterparts zip in and out of existence. It is this activity, at quantum mechanical scales, that banishes nothingness and which is thought to have given birth to the universe.”

“Sons of Atom”

Peter Galison: “Looking back on the early 20th century, Bohr wistfully reflected that Einstein had done so much of relativity theory by himself, while quantum mechanics took a whole generation of physicists 30 years. Telling the quantum story up to 1927 has been an industry for the past 80 years. In the first half of her new book, “The Age of Entanglement,” Louisa Gilder does her level best to cope with this plethora of sources, characters and topics, with mixed results. She writes engagingly, using dialogue reconstructed from letters, papers and memoirs to capture the spirit of confrontation among the players. That’s good. But she seems ill at ease with the German sources and so is reliant on the secondary literature—some of which is well done, some not. That’s not so good.”

Wikipedia.org Moment: Higgs boson

“The Higgs boson is a massive scalar elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model in particle physics. At present there are no known fundamental scalar particles in nature. …The Higgs boson is the only Standard Model particle that has not yet been observed. Experimental detection of the Higgs boson would help explain the origin of mass in the universe.”

“Paying Money to Murder: Russian Luxury Yachts Offer Pirate Hunting Cruises” and other links…

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matadorpulse.com: “The yachts trawl at a deliberately slow speed, hoping to attract pirates. If attacked, the cruise passengers are ready to respond with heavy machinery: machine guns and grenade and rocket launchers. And if they want to tack on an extra $8.00 a day, passengers can hoist their very own AK-47. Ammo, though, costs an extra $11.50.”

“Social trends: The decline of the English divorce”

The Economist: “It is true that marriage is a declining institution. Marriage rates are at their lowest since 1895. But, curiously, those who do marry now stay together for longer. Divorce rates are falling, not rising, and have been for several years. In 2007 11.9 married couples per thousand untied the knot, down from 12.2 the year before and the lowest since 1981. The time that divorcing couples endure each other before flinging back the rings has lengthened too, from 10.1 years in 1981 to 11.7 in 2007. Indifference towards the sacrament of marriage appears strongest among the elderly, not the feckless young. Since 2004, when the overall divorce rate peaked at 14.1 per thousand, over-60s have been the only part of the population whose rates have continued to rise.”

“Poorly Made in China by Paul Midler”

Muhammad Cohen: “Chinese manufacturers are dismal at marketing their products but are masters at winning deals then playing their importer customers. King Chemical’s initial ruse illustrates the lengths that Chinese factories go to capture business. Even Bernie found himself wondering how King Chemicals could make money selling him a bottle of shampoo for US$0.30, including the pump, label and contents. …One answer emerged when Midler accidentally heard about King’s ‘other factory’. That facility was making Bernie’s products but for an Australia importer paying a higher price than Bernie. The practice was common; factories took on clients for little or no profit to learn product formulas and designs that they could recycle into ‘second markets’ such as Africa at higher margins. This model helps explain why many products cost less in rich countries where people can afford to pay more, and why Africans find bargains shopping in New York and London.”

“Asian men seek brides from poor nations”

asiansexgazette.com: “Instead, the men increasingly seek women from countries such as China, Vietnam and the Philippines, where income levels are much lower. The practice has led to some complaints of abuse and exploitation, particularly when the unions are arranged by third-party brokers, although some couples say their marriages are as happy as any other. …The men ‘have more bargaining power’ when they travel to poorer countries, says Gavin Jones, a sociologist at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute. "Some of these men are looking for the sorts of women they can’t find (in their own countries)—women to wash their clothes, submissive women.”

“Stopping sexual abuse of Russian kids ”

asiansexgazette.com: “According to experts, almost a quarter of the pornography on global Internet sites contains child pornography. Among these, almost 50 percent include child pornography from Russia. Nowadays, it is possible to buy videocassettes of child pornography at any railway station or in several stores in these cities. …St. Petersburg and the northwest region of Russia report a high incidence of sex tourism, which is widely advertised on the Internet and aimed at people from neighboring Scandinavian countries. Prostitution is the most common form of child exploitation in the region.”

“Zend Framework 1.9.0 Preview Release Now Available” and other links…

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Zend.com: “Zend_Rest_Route, Zend_Rest_Controller, and Zend_Controller_Plugin_PutHandler, which aid in providing RESTful resources via the MVC layer. …Zend_Feed_Reader, which provides a common API to RSS and Atom feeds, as well as extensions to each format, caching, and a slew of other functionality. …Zend_Queue and Zend_Service_Amazon_Sqs, which provide the ability to use local and remote messaging and queue services for offloading asynchronous processes. …Zend_Db_Table updates to allow using Zend_Db_Table as a concrete class by passing it one or more table definitions via the constructor. …Several new view helpers, including Zend_View_Helper_BaseUrl.”

“Zend_Service_PayPal”

A.J. Brown: “Zend_Service_PayPal is a Zend Framework interface to the PayPal on-line payment service, through PayPal’s exposed APIs. Initially, it is intended to support the lighter PayPal Name-Value Pairs (NVP) interface. Additionally, Zend_Service_PayPal will provide smaller "utility" classes for sending special requests to PayPal (eg. Payment Data Transfer requests) or receiving Instant Payment Notification messages from PayPal.”

“Zend Framework Page Caching: Part 1: Building A Better Page Cache”

Maugrim The Reaper: “It uses a lot of memory and CPU and that gets worse when PHP is called upon.…The next optimisation level therefore is avoiding PHP and/or Apache completely. If we can remove PHP from the equation, our Apache processes will use less memory. If we can remove even Apache from the equation we save even more. By relying on PHP to retrieve cached pages, neither of these is possible without some drastic change. …On a related note, one growing strategy to avoid Apache is to offload requests for static resources (images, css, etc.) onto a more efficient HTTP server which uses less memory and CPU than Apache. Only requests needing PHP would then go through Apache. Apache is already fast, but it’s not the fastest! Two common choices for alternative HTTP servers are lighttpd and nginx.”