Archive for January, 2011

Introduction to Mate

Posted: January 28, 2011 in Tutorials

Mate Framework

I did this video introduction to Mate for David who is in our Investment Strategies Group. It gives you the reason why you want to find your sweet spot in application development. Mate is a great tool for doing that, especially as your application grows. Enjoy!


Investment Strategies Group

It’s great to have an enterprise application to work on right at the start of our users group…and this project is definitely going mobile.

We met Wednesday night,  at Panera’s of course, and made quite a bit of progress. From non-disclosure agreement to database layout. I still have two big questions: Are we going to lay this out with an ASP/SQL Server 2008 backend or Spring-Flex?

Investment Strategies Group

Investment Strategies Group

However, the overall MVC architecture will be Mate.

Though the content is confidential the framework is part of my dissertation and will be released into the public domain upon completion. And as is my usual style, I’ll be releasing tons of videos that show you how I made everything.

Got an idea you want to make come alive or want to learn how to build enterprise (Flash Builder) applications including Mobile…come join livelyfgug!

Thanks for the Violin

Posted: January 22, 2011 in Fun and Friends

Thanks Stuart!

During our users group meeting Stuart brought me a violin so I could give my little girl “Baby Nay” lessons … checkout the photo below:

Violin Practice

Violin Practice

As you can see everyone got into the act … this is what makes life worth “livin”!

Adobe Burrito (Mobile) Cheat Sheet

In our Flex Users Group we went over setting up your computer for Adobe Burrito. The meeting videos will be posted on Youtube. Here is the cheat sheet:

Flash Builder Burrito Cheat Sheet

A. Get You Computer Ready

  1. Make sure you have the Java SDK on your machine –
  2. Install it and set up system path – computer->properties->Advanced system settings->Environmental Variables->Edit Path (c:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_23\bin). Be careful not to erase anything that is already there.

Save your path before editing it (see below):

  1. Go to Adobe and Install Flash Builder Burrito
  2. For Windows Install Drivers for Device your will test it on. Should happen when you connect your phone. If not, do it manually.Note: Your Phone needs to have Android 2.2 or 2.3 in order to install AIR and get it running. You also need an SD card. 

  3. Download Android SDK –
  4. Set Environmental Variables Path as in 2 to include android tools and platform-tools
    This lets you work easily with the command line
  5. Create a Directory and Unzip contents into it.
  6. (Connect your phone and look for devices)CMD – adb devices
  7. Enable USB debugging – Applications-Settings-Applications-Development-USB debugging is checked and Unknown sources.
  8. Open cmd line type in adb devices (should show your device)
  9. Flash Builder Burrito will be able to to publish directly to your device
  10. Go to cmd and type in ddms – very useful. Can take screen shots of device. Device Screen Capture. Device File Explore.

Recap: Download Adobe Burrito, Download Anroid SDK, Download Phone USB Drivers, Set Path, Make Sure USB Debugging is set on your phone.

B. Intalling AIR on your Phone (must have AIR)

1. Easy way! Go to the Android market on your device. Find a Burrito application and download it. You will receive a message to download AIR in order to run the application. You only need to do this once.

C. Creating a Virtual Phone in your Android Emulator

  1. Go to cmd type in android or go to where you put your android and click on SDK Manager.
  2. Install it. Changes location of adb executable to your platform-tools folder
  3. Create a virtual device – name it AIRDevice – choose Android 2.2, Size 1024, use Defualt HVGA, Hardware – Accelerometer, Battery Support, LCD – Create AVD
    Note: Each AVD is 1Gigg in size…it’s a complete JVM
  4. Start your AVD…takes a while to boot up, go to cmd adb devices and look at it.
  5. Install AIR on on your AVD
  6. Flash builder ships with and emulator copy of Adobe Air (Runtime.apk)
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Flash Builder Burrito\sdks\4.5.0\runtimes\air\android\emulator\Rundtime.apk
  7. Navigate to in cmd cd\ then cd Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Flash Builde Burrito\sdks\4.5.0\runtimes\air\android\emulator
  8. dir will show that the Runtime.apk is in this director.
  9. Type in adb install Runtime.apk – this intalls AIR on your vitural device. Can utilize to install other apks created in Adobe AIR.

Note: To run Google App Inventor … go to for directions. Will be doing this demo while doing the various installs above.

Homework: Good AIR Phone Example to work through.

Flash Users Group Minutes 1/22/2011 at Panera Bread 9 am to 11:30 am

We had our second Flash Builder Users Group meeting and here are the minutes:

1. Worked with David Setting up Burrito, Android, and Google App Inventor.
2. Discussed the business goals of my non-profit and taught David about Hedge hogging.
3. Discussed the StockDale Paradox and A&P’s demise.

Hedge Hog

Hedge Hog

4. Discussed with Stuart the SQL Server 2008 RDBMS, the cloud, online gaming, mobile, and how these technologies could help him.

See my Youtube SQL Server 2008 R2 PlayList for how to set up and use SQL Server 2008.

5. Went over the Burrito Check List (provided in the next post).
6. Got David up to speed on running his emulator and gave a Burrito homework assignment for next time.

7. Meeting Videos will be posted on Youtube.