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My most important Twitter Messages #12

November 26th, 2011 No comments

Twitter von der hess
A small summary of my Twitter messages from August - November 2011:

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My most important Twitter Messages #11

August 31st, 2011 No comments

Twitter von der hess
A small summary of my Twitter messages from June - August 2011:

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My most important Twitter Messages #10

June 9th, 2011 No comments

Twitter von der hess
A small summary of my Twitter messages from March - June 2011:

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My most important Twitter Messages #9

March 24th, 2011 No comments

Twitter von der hess
A small summary of my Twitter messages from January - March 2011:

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Book review: Generative Gestaltung

February 14th, 2011 No comments

Fangen wir mit den harten Fakten an. Das Buch ist ziemlich großformatig und hat ein schönes stabiles Hardcover. Selten so ein gutes haptisches Erlebnis mit einem Fachbuch empfunden. Auch die verschiedenen Druck- und Papiermethoden in diesem Buch sind sehr gut ausgewählt. Die Projektsammlung ist im hochqualitativen Druck eingebunden, dagegen ist der normale Inhalt des Buches mit einem einfachen Farbdruck eingebunden. Die inhaltliche Struktur des Buches, das Buchdesign, selbst, sowie die zum Buch dazugehörige Website sind perfekt und sehr gut benutzbar umgesetzt. Ein durchaus 100% gelungenes Design und Konzept. Diese Qualität schlägt sich mit einer Preisspanne von 60-75 Euro ziemlich ins Budget nieder. Doch ist jeden Euro wert! Meine Begründungen folgen in einem Kapitel-basiertem Feedback und einem Schlussfazit:
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My most important Twitter Messages #6

July 5th, 2010 No comments

Twitter von der hess
A small summary of my Twitter messages from March - June 2010:

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My artwork at the Incuratable Art – Exhibition in Paris

April 8th, 2010 No comments

I am glad to hear that my and Hennings artwork 100101 aka. "Binary Visualizer" is exhibited on the Incuratable Art exhibition at La Bellevilloise in Paris.  If you are in Paris from 7 to 16 April 2010, visit the exhibition and have fun with the Art Collider Project 😉

My most important Twitter Messages #5

March 4th, 2010 No comments

Twitter von der hess
A small summary of my Twitter messages from Januar - February 2010:

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Meine wichtigsten Twitter Messages #2

September 9th, 2009 1 comment

Twitter von der hess
Hier eine kleine geordnete Zusammenfassung meiner wichtigsten Twittermeldungen:

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Mastering the Flex Charts

July 3rd, 2009 4 comments

Disclaimer Start:

Please be pleasant with my English. I am not a native English speaker and the English language is one of my personal weaknesses. To improve my English skills, I am planning to write some blog posts in English. So if I wrote any bullshit in these blog posts, please correct me!

Disclaimer End:

At my work at Liip I had to work quite a lot with the Flex Chart API. At some point I was very disappointed about the lack of deeper documentations or advanced flex charts examples. In my mind the whole dashboard flex chart examples are not really helpful, because the examples are not very good real-life examples. But after a few months ago I found some very nice examples for the Flex Chart Advanced stuff and now I would like to give you a short guidance, how you can handle the complex and powerful Flex Chart API.

First Step - Check your Skills

Make sure that you understand the Flex Component Life Cycle and the rendering procedure behind the Flex Framework. The whole Chart Topic is very complex in handling data and handling a good rendering procedure. So that is the reason why it is very important that you understand the basics of the Flex Framework. If you have got some problems to understand the concepts behind the Flex Framework, no problem, I highly recommend the Adobe Max presentation Diving Deep with the Flex Component Lifecycle from Deepa Subramaniam. Otherwise have a look on my SFUG Presentation “Moving from AS3 to Flex

Second Step – Set up your documentation for the Flex Chart Basic Stuff:

Yeah, the Flex Chart API is very huge. So you have to work a lot with the documentation. Fortunately, the basic Flex Chart stuff is documented very well. If you want to do some minor changes on your chart, please have a look on the Flex Data Visualization documentation (Livedocs) and on the Language Reference.  Sometimes you would not get a solution from this documentation, than have a look on the Flex Chart examples at flexexamples.com. Mostly I use the tags-Content overview and press the Buttons “CTRL+F” in Mozilla Firefox for the string search. After that I typed in “LineChart” for Line Chart examples or “Charting” for Flex charts in general. So I am quite fast and I always find the right code snippets. This procedure fits for the basic chart stuff very well.

Third Step – Things are becoming complicated

Oh no, our client wants to have some special item renderings and user interaction on the charts… At this point the Flex Chart could become a nightmare. Why?!

  • Because of the Flex Charts API Architecture is very complex. A lot of classes are related to each other and so on
  • The Adobe Livedocs documentation doesn’t really deliver any advanced flex charts examples and doesn’t explain the ideas behind the Flex Charts API Architecture
  • You don’t have access to the source code of the Flex Charts API, so it is always a black box for you
  • There are very less information (and blog post) about Advanced Flex Charts API stuff on the internet or you have to pay for this information (lectures in Flex Charts)

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