Looking for the perfect job? Looking for the best developers?

As an active user of Stackoverflow I came across their new career service. It’s brand new and their vision is to find the perfect employer for each developer. Pretty good idea I think. STO has a lot of bright brains, which can be a huge profit for corporations looking for great staff.

Amongst other job platforms, it stands out by providing developer specific details such as First computer, Favorite technologies, Likes, Dislikes, etc. Currently they’re offering a 3 year membership for only USD29.00. Once inside, you sit back, drink tea and wait.

Since their launch Stackoverflow provided me a lot of answers to my questions, which no other site achieved so far. That’s why it’s time to give back to them. I decided to subscribe for the 3yr membership.

Want to hire me?

Android Gravatar Importer. Update your phone book with caller photos

I love Gravatar. So does Android now.

android on gravatarAre you on Android? Do you care of having nice up-to-date photos of your callers? If yes, then you might check out this little new application (Search market for Gravatar Importer) which walks through your contacts and checks if any of them has a Gravatar picture online. Once a Gravatar is found, it is added to the respective contact.

Combine this with Facebook Sync and you might end up with a phone book full of beautiful photos. Could life be any simpler? Indeed, it could! Someone needs to come up with an app which combines all of them and keeps automatically updating photos from all kind of sources such as Facebook, Gravatar, LinkedIn, Xing, etc.


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Siam Flex framework | First Beta Released! (0.4.0)

Long time, no news…. It’s been almost 6 weeks since the last update of Siam Flex Framework. But today I am proud to present to you the first beta release of Siam!

I’ve been spending a lot of time refining the core elements of Siam to ensure that we have the right API going forward.

So what’s new?

  • Easier configuration with improved syntax and default specification
  • Editors and validators are now supported
  • Simpler API using factory and context classes
  • Structured import for all data representation classes
  • More control over formatting behavior

Where can I download it?

The project is hosted at http://code.google.com/p/siam-flex/.

You can try out the latest features with the Siam Flex Explorer:
Siam Flex Explorer

The explorer encapsulate an example of application using all features of Siam and allows you to alter its XML configuration at run-time for demonstration purposes. The embedded example include implementations of a dynamic data grid and form, as wells as an adapted chart component.

Details follow below…Continue reading “Siam Flex framework | First Beta Released! (0.4.0)”

Are you listening to music while coding? Then try this simple game …

iswtichmeLately I’ve started listening to music on my iPod while coding. Some people love it, some hate it. As with me, I enjoy it so far – seems to inspire me. Nevertheless, I can’t do it all the day.

Anyway. Whatever.

If you are not the only one who listens to his iPod in your office, then try this simple game:

Switch iPods with your colleagues and get a chance to widen your music taste. It’s interesting. You’ll be surprised what your mates are listening too.

hurl: Simple service to initiate HTTP requests and trace its response

hurl Ever needed to examine a response for a given request? Here we go! hurl is a neat and simple web based service which allows us to initiate a customized HTTP request and presents the resulting response in a nicely formatted manner. Free, responsive and several configuration options.

This is how Chris and Leah – the creators of hurl – put it:

Hurl makes HTTP requests.

Choose the request method, customize headers and POST parameters, add basic authorization, and even follow redirects. Then view the nicely formatted request and response.

It’s the perfect tool for testing APIs. Just enter a URL and click send.


Formatted request details (incl. followed redirects!)


Formatted response example

HTC Magic VS HTC Touch HD

I’ve been using my HTC touch HD for almost 2 months now, it’s about the same period of time my friend’s been using his brand new Android powered mobile phone, HTC Magic. Ever since we started using our new phones, we’ve been having several discussions trying to figure out which smartphone is worth the money spent for it.  Many people especially developer or techie might ask “why wasting time comparing these 2 phones?” because they would vote for HTC Magic anyway.  Anyhow, my intention in writing this review is just to provide you with the truth about the phones through my own personal experience. So I decided to make a comparison between these two devices –“HTC touch HD”, one of the most complete multimedia supported phone available in the global market and “HTC Magic”, the one that is expected to be an iPhone killer.    



If you have owned a Windows Mobile device for the past 4-5 years, then you are familiar with Windows Mobile tab style user interface and its sluggish-paced product development (from Windows Mobile 2003 to Windows Mobile 5 and later on Window Mobile 6)…….Continue reading “HTC Magic VS HTC Touch HD”

Testing code changes, bugfixes, new features, …

When you implement a new feature somewhere, when you change just some bits of your code, when you fix a bug, or you just change a common text in an app… What do you do afterwards? Do you really check the result or do you trust yourself that it works fine 100%. It is an interesting thing to talk about…Continue reading “Testing code changes, bugfixes, new features, …”

Flex Style Introspection

If you have ever used the Flex introspection method describeType(), you certainly have noticed it doesn’t output any style metadata. The only way I found so far was to instantiate the UIComponent type I’m looking at and call the function regenerateStyleCache(false). The entire list of available styles is then accessible via the properties inheritingStyles and nonInheritingStyles. Generating the style cache is computation-intensive so like most reflection and introspection operations make effective use of it 🙂

Some code example after the jump… Continue reading “Flex Style Introspection”

Publishing Flex applications to Google Code SVN repository

I’ve been struggling with this one a couple of times, so I thought I should share how I solved it.

You are hosting or contributing to an open-source project on code.google.com using SVN as source control.
You would like share Flex applications (and View Source) by accessing their public SVN URL.
Applications pages (HTML) show raw text.

Make sure you set the SVN property svn:mime-type for each file:

  • *.html: “text/html”
  • *.css: “text/css”
  • *.zip, *.swf, *.png: “application/octet-stream”

Siam Flex framework | 0.2.0 alpha Released

A new release of Siam is available today!
Check out the latest version on the official project page: http://code.google.com/p/siam-flex/.

The main highlight is that developers can now describe how data models are rendered across their application. Flex renderers can be configured via XML (properties and styles are supported for Object and all primitive types).

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