Thursday, August 31, 2006

My first blog

I've spent an entire month now immersing myself in the world of java, app servers, flex, actionscript, webservices. Coming from the rather simple .net world, it's been quite a month. I still think I'm only scratching the surface, and even then, a year from now, I'll probably be no more than a quarter of an inch deeper than I am today.

I don't know if anyone will ever read this stuff. I am going to use this blog to record my notes, for my own reference and hopefully to help others. I am building a huge app in flex, after a year of architecting the whole thing in .net. I was gonna use it all, MSMQ, .Net Remoting, Winforms, Webservices, SQL Server... it was complicated and beautiful. And now, scrapped. The unbearable reality is that if the app was to look good, third party tools would be required, and after years of dealing with Infragistics... well.

Of course my transformation has not gone without some clinging to what I know best. My first project will be to build a flex Assembler class that will use WSDL generated java classes using the Axis tools to allow data managed access via Flex Data Services 2 to any webservice I want, in this case a C# webservice running on IIS.

More to come...