Given that the "Flex Forums" link on flex.org links here, I
figured this was an appropriate place to voice concerns.
Did I just have some extraordinary bad luck or do many of the
leave much to be desired?
I tried out 4-5 different apps and I didn't find one that
didn't have some kind of major problem or annoyance. Either they:
1) Loaded way too slow - this could be forgivable,
but not if you get a black, FULL-SCREEN window that gives you
zero feedback about whether it's even working/loading, and no way
to back out of the app. ("Google Web Desktop" did this, and it
was exceptionally annoying just trying to exit out of this app that
took over my system in fullscreen.) I won't even post a link to
this one because it had the feel of a virus when it "took over"
control of my system and it wasn't clear how to exit. This is the
worst sin of them all.
3) Flex Data Services communication error alert dialogs.
That's pretty self explanitory.
4) Can't even login to the "demo", although the username and
password to use are right next to the login fields. I even tried to
copy/paste them in. Still "wrong password" - did I miss something?
I'm sure we could go on and on...
Given that I found about one (maybe two) apps that actually
seemed to work as advertised, not only is this embarrassing as a
Flex developer trying to promote the technology, but it makes
Flex.org worthless in promoting it. I'm not about to send people to
the site knowing that half of the example apps in the "showcase"
are essentially broken and/or highly annoying. Putting "beta" after
the name doesn't help -- people, and even potential developers,
will just think that Flex is crap.
Perhaps the problem is simply a lack of quality control
posting apps on Flex.org, I don't know. But many "examples" have
been like this for quite some time now and I'm getting conerned
that it's going to ruin the technology's chances at becoming
I don't mean to be a troll or a jerk, but whoever is in
control of that weird website (flex.org - there is no "about" page
that I can see telling us who the source/controller is?) should
really take another look at it's design and quality. Even the front
page isn't very professional looking, IMO... if this is an Adobe
controlled website... please fix?
Flex.org is a sit run by the Flex Community and not by Adobe.
Anybody can sign in and upload an application (may it be buggy or
incomplete). You can register on the app and provide your comments
there to the admin of the application (which is not Adobe, but a
user group champion)
But, I tried what you had mentioned on a IE7 browser on my
Windows XP and here are my observations:
1) The app did not go full screen for me... it just popped up
another window and another app inside it. As a security measure
(against the very thing which you were talking about ("because it
had the feel of a virus when it "took over" control of my system
and it wasn't clear how to exit.") Flash player does not allow the
developer to go full screen with out the user's acceptance. What
you saw was just a popup (usual maximized browser popup) which can
be closed using the close button on the top right.
2) Here again the app "hides the normal IE toolbars" because
it is doing the same as (1) making a browser popup.
3) I didnt get any errors on this app. Do you have a workflow
through which I can get the error.
4) You were spot on with the appointment systems demo and the
test logins dont work