Flash and Pink Floyd

I just had to write about this. My favorite band of all time is Pink Floyd and this holiday season they have released a special box set containing all their albums for sale. Although that is pretty neat in itself, the related web site they have is just as good. The whole thing is done in Flash and it gives you song snippets from every album, I just love it. Very well done. I just had to post it :)


Careful of missing display-name tag

Recently one of my colleagues decided to add a mini-Flex UI to a portion of an existing J2EE application. In the process he obviously modified the web.xml to include all the parts required to make FDS 2.x (now called LC DS) work. Well he forgot to include the display-name tag in the web.xml and this prevented the application from starting-up properly. The exception below has found in the server logs:

Invalid channel endpoint class 'flex.messaging.endpoints.AMFEndpoint'
specified for 'amf-polling'.
at flex.messaging.config.MessagingConfiguration.createEndpoints(MessagingConfiguration.java:141)
at flex.messaging.config.MessagingConfiguration.configureBroker(MessagingConfiguration.java:82)
at flex.messaging.MessageBrokerServlet.init(MessageBrokerServlet.java:105)

(We are using WebLogic 8.1 SP6 in case you wondering) After some googling he found out that the missing tag was the mostly likely cause and indeed it was. So be careful people!

Adobe.com updated

Very nice indeed. When Adobe/Macromedia merger happened, the Adobe website took many elements from the old Macromedia web site, but for the first time since then, a complete re-designed of the Adobe.com has occurred. More emphasis has been put on content and taking advantage of wide-screen real estate is a real nice touch. Head over there now and check it out!