Tuesday, March 09, 2010

New Tutorial - How to set up your Model Driven Development

Sujit Reddy and I just co-wrote a new technical paper for the Adobe Developer Connection on how to get your development environment up and running if you want to take advantage of the powerful new features of LiveCycle Data Services 3 and Flash Builder 4.

Click here to get started - it only takes about 15 minutes from start to end.

LiveCycle Data Services ES2 is an important component for many companies migrating to a three-tier architecture for enterprise RIA development. The advanced Message Exchange Patterns (MEPs) it enables are unparalleled and very robust. This article is aimed at developers and distills the essential steps needed to set up model-driven development with LiveCycle Data Services ES2 and Flash Builder 4 beta 2.

In this tutorial, we'll share these steps to help you get started quickly and walk through building a simple application using a new technology that brings model-driven development to Flex developers. The model-driven development process is really cool. We were able to write a basic CRUD data grid and form to work against a back-end database with minimal lines of code. Below is a screenshot of the finished project.

So what are you waiting for? Start coding now!

Monday, March 08, 2010

What does my race/ethnicity have to do with Olympics?

Sorry if I am just a thick-headed Canadian farm boy but I saw something today that I have to ask about. I went to register for tickets for the 2010 London Olympics when I found this question posed to me:

Ethnicity: (it is on this web page)

Two immediate thoughts came out of this. First I wondered how to classify myself. Although I have relatively white skin, I do read books from other cultures and try to live some of their ideals. Buddhism is a particularly large influence on my private thoughts although most of you would never guess it. As I pondered this though the bigger picture entered my head and I asked the first question I should have.

What does your race have to do with watching the Olympics?

Sorry Olympics organizers but I really do not see the connection here. This could not have been asked in Canada at the recent 2010 games during the registration process as every person in Canada is afforded the same quality of life. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees this in section 15.1 (read here)

"15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability."

I guess I am missing something here. Can anyone shed some light on this?