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Blogs

Transparent List in Flex

So I wanted a list that had no layout information, or a List where you could only see the items in the list, no selection colours, no borders, no background, etc... I spent a lot of time racking my brain trying to figure out the best way to do this. Finally out of desperation I looked at the api and a few related blog posts and the answer was simple. Flex provides support for this in the base list class, so just extend the List class and tell it to not draw anything. How simple is that!

Here is the code to do it:

Monitoring Memory usage in C++

Wow it's been a long time since I posted last. Anyway I found this very indepth article on creating tools to assist in debugging memory usage problems in c++. I've always been interested in the behind the scene's working of memory analysers and this is a great read. Monitoring Memory Usage - Gamasutra Now if my other projects ever slow down I might just get a chance to play with some of these things.

Telus is Evil

Does this article scare anyone else as much as it scares me? I've seen this mentioned for a while, but it really hit home when it's companies you are used to dealing with in Canada. This subscription based internet site business model goes against the very foundation of what the internet was based on.

Why do people still dislike C++

Recently this article from Mark Roulo from way back in 2001 made the rounds on reddit. He talks about how difficult c++ is as a language and why it should never be used for a large project. He goes into great detail about his interview questions designed to frustrate the most seasoned of C++ developers and spends a lot of time berating the use of pointers in C++. I have a real problem with kind of article. They focus way to much on the c side of c++ and not the ++ part.

Flex Item Renderers

So I'll admit it, I'm still getting into the ActionScript programming frame of mind, and going from hardcore c++ to Flex takes a bit of a mind shift and I'm still getting used to flash doing everything for me, all though it is a nice change of pace.
 
An item renderer in flex is a relatively simple concept, basically for every item in a collection, here's a set of components that can draw this data to some kind of human readable format that's somewhat pleasing to the eye.

What is the Best Source Control for My Team?

All software development teams are hunting for that perfect source control system that perfectly handles every case. But lets face it source control is confusing and it's a huge investment of time to investigate which source control system to use, and if you pick wrong, it can be very costly to your project. This is probably the biggest reason new Source Control Systems take so long to take traction, Why would any business manager take a known risk of changing the source control system when the current one works. It worked for our last release...Right.

The Perfect Manhattan

So to take a break from coding.

Iterating through a directory with Ant

Ant is a great build system, but often it can be very confusing trying to wade through all it's documentation and find out how to do something you could write in a batch file in minutes. Case in point, iterating through a directory.

Create a Photobucket Image Gallery

Photobucket has a tonne of images that you can use to create some interesting content. I'm going to show you how to create a simple photobucket image gallery using Flex.

 

Start of My Blog

Hi my name is Richard Bezemer, and I am a Software Consultant based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I hope to blog about technology, consulting and coding.