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Black 13 Tattoo Promo

Check out the new promo video from the shop I got my first tattoo from.

Very proud to say that Black13 is where I got my first Tattoo and even more so that I got my tattoo done in black and gray by one of the best black and gray Tattoo Artists in town. Ian White is the man if you need some awesome work done.

Here is the tattoo I got from Ian White at Black 13 on Dec. 31, 2009

Red5 and Flex Basics Part 1 – Keep Track Of Users

In this video I am going to show you the basics of starting your first Red5 java application and we will use Flex to talk to the server and the server will keep track of a list of users that are logged in to the application. As soon as a user closes there browser or leaves the applications page the user will be removed from the applications list of users. This is really helpful for building applications where users are interacting with other users. This could be a Chat or Video application or even an online game where users can play against each other.

Before you can start you will need a couple of things installed. Eclipse with Flex Builder plugin, The Java EE development environment, and finally the Red5 Server Plugin for Eclipse. In the video I will explain a little bit about why you need this setup and where to go to get it but I will not cover installation at all.

I hope you guys enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.

Also included is the source files. Red5Tut.zip Red5TutClient.zip

Compiled Red5 App from Tutorial.

Using Flex to call CFC functions and Railo Part2

In this video I will set up a Flex project that will use the Railo 3.0 server and a coldfusion CFC to query a MySQL Database. The result that we get back will be displayed into a Flex List component.
Download my source files here HelloFromRailoQuery.zip

Using Actionscript 3 and Flex Builder to make AMF Remoting calls to Railo CFC’s

I know the ColdFusion community has been paying attention to the open source CFML servers that are either already out in the wild or are going to be released soon. One of the coolest ones that have have gotten to play with is Rail 3.0 Beta, soon to be Rail 3.1 by the end of the year.

Now just for the record I am a very new CFML coder. I mainly work in Flash or Flex all day and don’t really care to much for the backend development at all. One of the best things I learned with in the past 6 months or so was how to use AMF and Remoting with ColdFusion8. The down side to the other CFML server where at the time AMF was an Adobe thing and none of the open source server where able to put it in.

Once Open BlueDragon came out I was excited but the did not have AMF and they are still working on getting it in there in the form of BlazeDS.

Here was my experience with Railo. I went to the site, http://railo.ch/, downloaded 3.0, put it in my home directory, launched the server, created a Flex hello world project, created a CFC, set up the NetConnection to the gateway and “HELLO WORLD” it worked. This was Freaking awesome!

Right now Railo 3.0 is using OpenAMF witch is AMF0. Before the end of the year Railo 3.1 will be out and the team has said that they will be replacing OpenAMF with Adobe’s BlazeDS witch will be AMF3.

In the following video I will show you how simple it is to get set up and running.

How to set up Flex Builder for Coding with Flash CS3 IDE

There has been a lot of buzz about Flex and Flex Builder. This is the IDE for Building Flex RIA’s and also for building pure actionscript 3 projects. After discovering the power of Flex Builder’s coding environment it was clear to me that this would be a great Actionscript 3 editor for my Flash CS3 projects.The following video will walk you through the setup that I use on all my Flash projects. I hope this will help out with your work flow. Let me know what you think.


Installing ColdFusion8 on Leopard using MAMP

I had the hardest time getting ColdFusion 8 installed on my development machine. I am totally new to CF and I wanted to give it a try so it was a real bummer to install it and not getting it to work. The problem is that CF8 does not work on a Mac if you have upgraded to Leopard OS 10.5. There are tones of tutorials online on how to get this up and running. I was not able to get any of them to work. I think it may have something to do with the fact that my current machine is running a Powerpc chip and not one of the new Intel Chips. I am sure there are a host of other reason.

Well after 2 days of installing and reinstalling several different ways I choose to try and get CF working on both my PowerPC machine and my Intel based MacBook Pro. The following video will explain how it is done. I hope this saves someone a lot of trouble.

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