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I can has Kindle Development?

January 16, 2011 by Steve

I got an Amazon Kindle for Christmas. It is cool. It is a book you can program. And I really want to make apps for it. But so far the beta is very, very closed. Search for "Kindle Beta" on Google and you get a few year-old news articles about the original announcement and a bunch of development forum threads with people asking each other if they know how to get in. There are a few games from EA available on the Kindle store, but at this point, it looks like if you're not EA, you're not cool enough to play in Amazon's garden.

Best Flex references from Adobe

May 7, 2010 by Steve

These are the Adobe.com references that I've found the most useful.

Useful Links - Flex forms

May 7, 2010 by Steve

Things I don't want to lose track of regarding Flex forms.

In Place Editing: a sexy form that transitions between informational text and the form to edit it.

Validating Flex forms using the Validator classes: a clean and straightforward demo of form validation.

Better form validation in Flex: shows how to override the default tooltip behavior in forms to make a better user experience.

How to show all of first article on front page

May 6, 2010 by Steve

I want the first article showing on the front page, the most recent one, to show full length, while the rest of the articles show teasers as they normally do. There are not a lot of good references to this in the Drupal.org documentation, nor on the forum, nor elsewhere on the internet. It took a lot more searching around to figure this out than I thought it would.

Basically, there are two ways to do it: use the Views module or hack the theme PHP.

Flash Builder (Flex 4) for Free

May 5, 2010 by Steve

If you haven't heard of it, Flex is an Adobe product that makes it possible to edit Flash applications in an IDE similar to what most programmers are used to, rather than trying to edit your Flash application as a movie timeline. The SDK for Flex 4 is open source and available for download. Adobe's tool for editing Flex applications (based on the Eclipse IDE) used to just be called Flex. Adobe is now making a distinction between the Flex architecture and the tools you can use. The new version is called Flash Builder, and the trial version is available for download.

Free application hosting with Joyent - my wait is over

May 3, 2010 by Steve

I signed up with Joyent for their free Facebook developer program. There's no link to that page from the Joyent front page, but the Facebook developer pages has a prominent link. They do mention, down low on the sign-up page in small print, that "Our Free Facebook Developer Program is a limited user offering. Please note that there may be a waiting list for your free Accelerator." Nowhere do they say what the wait time might be.

Potui illud facere, et melius

April 27, 2010 by Steve

Welcome to the re-re-launch of the Et Melius website. The phrase potui illud facere, et melius is Latin, translating as "I could do that, only better." This is a philosophy that has served me and my family well for many years. We are polymaths, interested in lots of different things, and always pretty sure how we'd do it differently if we were doing it.

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