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Comment Has anyone mentioned that developing Flex Sucks? (Score 2, Informative) 181

Has anyone else tried to use Flash/Flex to do anything more then just a game/animation? The frameworks are at best immature. While the Flex language is "ok" (basically just ECMAScript), the libraries, tools, frameworks, and most everything else that goes with it are just abysmally bad when compared to any other modern language (Java, Obj-C, Python, C#, etc).

The Flex Builder plugin for eclipse only supports Eclipse 3.3, which means modern plugins won't work. The flex compiler itself is slow and hard to setup. Oh, and the tools only officially support Windows and OSX. The documents are horrible and only give you most simplest of use case examples, but this might be because most of the frameworks breakdown when doing even remotely off the "rail" they have defined.

Just as a quick example of something inexcusably broken, the ComboBox that comes with Flex doesn't have a set selected by value function. You can only set by index and by label... which is just crazy when you consider most ComboBoxes contain localized strings order alphabetically in that local.

As a development environments go, I think you would be hard pressed to find something worse for development than flex.

And I could go on about how bad the user interaction is by default. But you really have to see that one to believe it.

Operating Systems

Submission + - Google Announce Chrome OS Plans

Neil writes: "The official Google Blog features an announcement this morning that the company is going ahead with plans to develop the Chrome browser into a fully-fledged operating system distribution, targeted at x86 and ARM netbooks. The project is separate from Android, but is also based on a Linux kernel and will be open sourced. It is lated for release to consumers in the second half of 2010."

Amazon Launches "Frustration-Free Packaging" 353

mallumax notes Amazon's new Frustration-Free Packaging initiative. Over several years the retailer hopes to convince many of its suppliers to offer consumer-friendlier packaging. It's starting with just 19 products from Mattel, Fisher-Price, Microsoft, and Transcend. Until this program spreads to more products, better get one of these (ThinkGeek and Slashdot share a corporate overlord). From Amazon's announcement: "The Frustration-Free Package is recyclable and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It's designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging. Products with Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box. Amazon works directly with manufacturers to box products in Frustration-Free Packages right off the assembly lines, which reduces the overall amount of packing materials used."

Submission + - Scam autopsy: EBay auction phishing (

brainhum writes: "Unlike the email-based scams most of us get everyday, this phishing attack starts as an authentic eBay auction. Loading the auction page (which is served by eBay) causes an embedded Flash object to redirect you to the scammer-controlled page. A low-priced 'Buy it now' auction provides incentive to submit credentials to the phishing site. This is a short blog article on it with screen caps. Mirrored here as well."

Submission + - Citrix to buy XenSource for $500m 1

Penguinisto writes: Apparently Citrix doesn't want to be left out in the cold when it came to Virtualization.So, it decided to snap up Xen Source in whole, with a combination of cash and stock. Question is, what impact exactly will this have on Linux as a whole? (Xen runs on/under Windows too, but Linux is arguably its biggest playground to date). Also, is this a defensive move on Citrix' part, given Microsoft's development of potential VMWare and Xen competitor Viridian?
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - The Pixo Secret: iPods Run OS X and Always Have.

Redrum writes: Everyone thinks that Apple's iPod runs an OS called Pixo, and that the iPhone ushered in a brand epoch based on OS X. That myth has been busted: the iPod runs Apple's own Mach/BSD kernel, and Pixo is only used as a graphics layer. Daniel Eran outlines the story behind Pixo and what OS X means for Apple. It's no joke; the story was confirmed by Tim Monroe, a member of Apple's QuickTime engineering team as is easy to verify yourself: Those OS X iPods? They're Already Here! Pixo, ARM, and the Mac OS.

Submission + - Joost Half Open

Saul writes: "Joost is now half open. This means that all beta Joost users now have unlimited invitations. So it should be easier then ever to get a Joost invite, now if they only had stuff to watch."
The Internet

Submission + - Ask X - New UI for

ReadWriteWeb writes: " is testing out a new Ajax powered 3-pane UI called Ask X, which is similar to the Ask City site launched a couple of weeks ago. As well as a new UI, Ask X introduces video search to the feature set. attempts to differentiate itself from the likes of Google through its focus on topic clusters and "smart answers". They generally try to deliver a range of useful, topical information in its first page of results, so doing it over 3 panes and with some Ajax magic seems an appropriate solution."

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