• Installing Adobe AIR on linux and enjoying twitter

    Today I had to work on my linux server, which runs with Ubuntu 8.04 and is also my developer machine for some stuff. The first thing I didn’t wanted to miss was twitter. And as I got used to thwirl, it was my first job to set it up on Linux.

    The first question that comes in mind is, is there an Adobe AIR for linux. Lucky me there is one at http://www.adobe.com/products/air/ . So here we go and follow the button that says “Get ADOBE AIR” and we will be prompted for the right thing. Download the binary file and open up a console window.

    In the console we go to the place where we downloaded the binary file and type in:
    $ chmod u+x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

    This changes the mode for that file, so we can execute it. Now typing
    $ ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

    and we will be prompted to enter our password for a root privileged user to install Adobe AIR on the linux box.

    Ok the first step is made to use Twitter with thwirl on linux. In the next step we install thwirl. Therefor we download the thwirl AIR application from http://www.twhirl.org/ . The rest is easy. We just have to install it after downloading with a double click.

    This one is so hot, that even thwirl.org does not know that it works on linux too. So enjoy and follow me on Twitter @mayads.

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  • Can Java FX compete against Flash and Silverlight

    Java FX — it is geared to make it easier to build rich web apps with the Java way and make them look like desktop applications — is ready to compete against Adobe Systems’ Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight software, if you ask Sun.

    Java is already used on the servers that power many Internet sites and on the devices people use to tap into those systems, and businesses need that connection. But on the client side it is slow and hard to write code for small and handy web apps.¬† Especially for webdesigners it just takes such a long time — it requires professional coding techniques and a very deep understanding.

    On Suns opinion this shall change with the new Java FX. Programs run using standard Java software, but it employs a scripting language to try to make writing Java applications easier. That approach¬† is going to bring Java FX to creative professionals, maybe. Sure it’s now no longer the only domain of object-oriented programmers.

    If Java FX will really be much faster than the old Java applets and features like drag and drop a Java FX app on the desktop, it can stand a chance in the rich internet applications world today.

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