Friday, October 12, 2012

Development Tools and their Functions of Adobe Flex

Adobe Flex development environment typically provides Flex developers similar tools and asset types that the Flex developers work with to create Flex applications. 

Files for Configuration

Flex developers should be familiar with the type of configuration they need for developing the environment they are planning to develop. Adobe Flex Software Development Kit (SDK) provides the files for the settings so that the Flex developer can use in XML format.
The default compiler options for the compiler are defined by the lex-config.xml file and this need not be separately done by the Flexprogrammer developing the environment.
The messaging and data management settings, Adobe Flash player settings, the heap size of JVM, and logging and cache settings too can be altered by the Flex programmers in addition to the alterable configurations of server and compiler.

Functionalities of Compilers 

A Flex programmer developing an environment is provided with both application compilers and component compilers by Adobe Flex. The application compiler can be used by Flex developers to compile SWF files from MXML and other source files. From the component files the Flex programmers can compile the SWC files using the component compiler. According to each Flex developer’s needs the SWC files can be used either as dynamic or static libraries with the Flex applications used by the Flex programmer.

Forms of Application Compiler

The application compiler is present in the below forms which the Flex developers can use:
  •   Adobe Flex builder project compiler. The Flex Builder Project compiler is opened for Flex programmers by Flex Builder for library projects in Flex.
  •   mxmlc command-line compiler. Flex developers can open the mxmlc command-line compiler from the command to create a SWF file that can be deployed to a website by the Flex programmers. 
  •   Web-Tier Compiler. The Flex module for Apache and IIS compiler provides web-tier compilation of MXML files on Apache and IIS web servers for the Flex developers. This enables the Flex programmers to effortlessly and quickly compile, deploy and test your applications. Flex developers can simply refresh the MXML files in their browsers instead of compiling the MXML file into a SWF file and then deploying it and its wrapper files directly to the web servers.
Forms of Component Compilers

The component complier is also present in different forms from which the Flex programmers can choose and use:
  •  Flex Builder library project compiler. The Flex Builder component compiler is opened by Flex Builder for Flex library projects.
  •  compc command-line compiler. You open the compc compiler from the command line to create SWC files. You can use these SWC files as static component libraries, themes, or runtime shared libraries (RSLs).
Types of Debugger

Flex developers run the application SWF files in a web browser or the stand-alone Flash Player to test the application for bugs and/or errors. If a Flex developer finds errors in the application debugging tools can be used to set and manage breakpoints in the code written for the application.
Flex developers can avail the following debugging tools from Flex:
  •   Flex Builder Debugger – This aspect of debugging from Flex provide the Flex programmers all the efficient tools expected from a robust and a competent development tool.
  •   The fdb command-line debugger – The fdb uses the technique of command-line debugging where the Flex developers and Flex programmers can step into the code, and analyze and debug the application.
  •  AIR Debug Launcher (ADL) - ADL is a command line debugger for Adobe® AIR™ applications that you can use outside of Flex Builder.
These are tools should be analyzed and understood by all Flex programmers before they start developing any kind of environment using Flex.


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Significances of Finding an Apt Joomla! Web Design Agency

Many Joomla!developers and programmers keep pondering if opting for a Joomla! Web Design Agency is a profitable idea or not. But before choosing an agency to develop a website using Joomla! there are certain basic factors which have to checked to analyze the efficiency of the agency to which the website is handed over to.
There are few key characteristics which are to be highlighted and looked at while choosing the agency so that the website turns out to be highly productive and yields the expected profits.

Factors Involved in Finding the Right Joomla! Design Agency

Preference to Joomla! Specialists

Many agencies are working with Joomla! these days but finding the one which specializes only on Joomla! will yield far better and optimized results. This is because of the basic reason that the agencies which work with a little of everything from different CMS design to photography to marketing might not be experts in all the fields they are handling whereas agencies which specialize only on Joomla! are bound to be experts in it.
In the case under discussion it is important to find a Joomla! developer having expertise in Joomla CMS and has the uncanny ability to do any kind of task given at any moment. This will make sure that the agency is capable of developing a website with all the requirements and have effective workflows. Such an agency will also be able to tackle problems efficiently.

Agency’s Customization Capabilities

At almost all times the factor which enables a website to be developed in the most efficient way is to have customization done to help optimize the site. The work of identifying an agency does not end with finding one which specializes in Joomla! but the agency has to be able to create custom extensions or custom modify existing extensions so that the requirements given to them for the website is satisfied in a method adapted exclusively which will amplify the potential of the website.
It is also important to find a Joomla! web design agency that can custom create a Joomla! template from scratch for your company. This will enhance the extensibility of the project and ensure that the website is both UX/UI optimized but also effectively displays company branding and image.

Analyzing the Agency’s Portfolio

The promises that a Joomla! agency give would be various but to be certain about them, analyzing their portfolio will give the exact idea of the agency’s capacity. It is just reasonable to expect their own website to be sophisticated to expect them to build a superior website. It will be comforting if their Joomla! developers have already developed a website using Joomla! which has similar style and functionality to the website that is expected from them.

Extensibility of Joomla! Services 

The latest technologies offered by Joomla! are growing day by day and the number of Joomla! programmers and developers updating themselves is also by and large proportional so finding an agency with such extensible characteristics is also crucial.
With Joomla! plunging itself into the mobile market it becomes imperative that the website designed in these times have to compatible with such advancements. Some of the state of the art features with regards to the mobile platform that are provided by some agencies are:
  • Custom mobile template creation
  • Joomla mobile website conversions
  • Mobile website optimization
  • Custom native phone app development
These are some of the basic features that have to be looked upon before choosing a Joomla! Web Design Agency. Without taking some precautionary measures and scaling the abilities of an agency, handing over a website is not advisable. But to be ultra-sure about an agency’s capacities more intense steps of analyzing could be done according to each other’s needs.