Archive for March, 2008

Creating Smart Playlists in Windows Media Player

Posted on March 31, 2008. Filed under: microsoft, smart playlist, windows media player |

A “Smart  Playlist” is a type of playlist that changes automatically according to criteria you have specified. In Windows Media Player it is called an “Auto Playlist”.

I know that this feature exists in almost every media player but in Windows Media Player this feature is not clearly visible and many people don’t even know anything like this exists.

So here is how you can create a Smart Playlist in Windows Media Player:

Right click on the Playlist button on the left side of the library in window media player and select Create Auto Playlist.


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Using Flex with Ruby on Rails

Posted on March 26, 2008. Filed under: adobe, flex, mxml, rails, ruby, ruby on rails, silverlight, xaml |

This is the second blog post in a series of three posts comparing Flex with Silverlight. In my previous post I demonstrated how to integrate a scaffolded Rails application with Silverlight. Here I will be showing the same with Flex. The steps needed to create the Rails application are also mentioned here.


Creating a new Flex project:

Open Flex builder and create a new Flex project.


Leave all the options to default and click Finish. A blank project is now created for you.


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Using Silverlight with Ruby on Rails

Posted on March 26, 2008. Filed under: adobe, C#, crud, flex, microsoft, mxml, rails, ruby, ruby on rails, silverlight, xaml |

In this post I will be showing a really simple example of creating a Silverlight frontend for a Rails backend. This is what I think will be a three part series comparing Silverlight with Flex.

The steps will be:

  1. Creating a Rails application.
  2. Creating a frontend for it in silverlight.
  3. Creating a frontend for it in Flex.
  4. Comparing the approaches taken in both the frontends.

I will try to keep changes in the backend Rails application to a minimum.


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Silverlight 2.0 Beta-1 now available, version 1.0 ported to Nokia mobiles

Posted on March 5, 2008. Filed under: expression blend, microsoft, nokia, silverlight, user interface, xaml |

Microsoft has just released highly anticipated first beta of Silverlight here. The development tools for visual  studio 2008 can be downloaded from here. Tutorials are also available on the same site.

This link reports that Silverlight is now also available on the Nokia mobile devices (specifically S60 on Symbian OS, as well as for Series 40 devices and Nokia Internet tablets). It seems really strange that silverlight wasn’t ported to window mobile devices first. There is a version available for window mobiles as well. I hope it is better than flash lite which really sucks.

If the performance of Silverlight is anywhere near flash then it could be a huge success for Microsoft as .Net as a development platform is already very popular and developers can use their existing skills to create better web experiences. Also IronPython and IronRuby (two of the Silverlight programming languages) are much better (and faster?) languages than Actionscript and .Net provides a much bigger library set.


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Setting up BlazeDS with Flex

Posted on March 2, 2008. Filed under: adobe, flex, java, open source, software, tomcat, user interface |


Let me give some introduction first.

BlazeDS is a server-based Java remoting and web messaging technology that allows to connect to back-end distributed data and push data in real-time to Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR rich Internet applications (RIA). Because of its open licensing, BlazeDS is not precluded from being used with other client platforms, such as JavaScript/AJAX. (wikipedia)

Adobe Flex is a collection of technologies released by Adobe Systems for the development and deployment of cross platform, rich Internet applications based on the proprietary Adobe Flash platform. The initial release in March 2004 by Macromedia included a software development kit, an IDE, and a J2EE integration application known as Flex Data Services. Since Adobe acquired Macromedia in 2005, subsequent releases of Flex no longer require a license for Flex Data Services, which has become a separate product rebranded as LiveCycle Data Services. (wikipedia)


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