Wordpress 2.5

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Wordpress has been gearing up for their much anticipated 2.5 release. As such I though it only fitting that I upgrade to one of the latest test releases. I installed 2.5 RC 2 and have been nothing but impressed so far. The admin interface is the largest visual overhaul. It is much more streamlined and now offers many new features.

My favorite new addition is the new media management interface. This makes it almost trivial to upload and manage images and other content. This will certainly be useful in the future. Another great aspect to the media manager is the gallery feature, which allows the rapid creation of photo galleries on a given article.

Looking foward to the final release, but at this point the RC 2 seems very stable.

Flex Builder 3

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Adobe Flex Builder 3 was finally released today following it’s successful 3rd beta release.

This release adds many new features including:

  • Improved Charting and Data visualization
  • Support for Adobe AIR
  • An Improved compiler with better linking support.
  • Caching of Flex Framework (Using RSLs)
  • And many more…

I just got my copy of Flex Builder 3 from Adobe and am impressed so far. The interface has undergone some renovations to improve productivity and allow for faster development and design. I have already found uses for many of these new features in many of my own projects, including Hydra. More details and samples in the coming weeks.

Flex: Word Tools

I created a small utility in Flex designed to assist RA’s and others at Purdue when designing bulletin boards. This utility takes a string and returns a breakdown of all the characters contained therein. How is this useful you ask? Well, when it comes time to cut out letters it is very nice to easily calculate that you need 5 letter E’s, 4 letter C’s etc. Source and application will eventually be posted to my projects site.

Here is the application example embedded in the site:

[flash medium=1 w=370 h=500]

Note: This requires Flash Player 9 to run properly.

PyAMF

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Back in January I discovered the PyAMF project. This project’s goal is to create an implementation of AMF (Action Message Format) for the Python Programming language. Last week they released version 0.1.0, their first stable release.

So far, I have been extremely impressed with this project. The library offers integration with popular Python web frameworks including Twisted, Django, and Pylons. The performance is excellent and will only improve as the team intends to annex their Python code, with C for faster serialization of requests. In addition to an excellent library, the developers have also provided a number of examples which attempt to cover every major area of the library. I have already begun using it in various projects including Hydra, which will be released this month.

Look for more info and updates on the PyAMF project in the coming weeks.

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