Recently, I decided to take some time off to relax and take a short break from regular day-to-day software development. At least that was the plan. A few days into my much-needed vacation, I got the itch to write some code, and I soon started building a library for Flex to allow “wires” to transmit data among controls in an application. Have you played with Yahoo! Pipes? It’s basically the same sort of UI concept, but built for Flex.
To test the library, and to have a more complex application that could show off its features, I started building an app that I call Logicly (yes, I know, I’ve been infected with the trendy Web 2.0 misspelling bug). During my university days, one of my professors requested that we students build an application much like this one so that he could use it for demonstrations in his Computer Architecture classes. Basically, Logicly allows you to chain together “logic gates” to simulate the boolean algebra used by digital circuitry. You know, simple operations like AND, OR, NOT, XOR, and others. Nothing revolutionary. In fact, I found several 90s-era Java applets that do the same thing, but I’ve got to say that a Flex app feels much more responsive and rich than that old Java stuff, even without a very creative skin.
If you’re interested in playing with the wiring library, I’m going to have to ask you to be patient for a bit. It will be an open source release, but I still need to finish writing documentation and building some simple examples to get everyone started. Additionally, the library is not compatible with the current version of the Flex SDK. There’s a bug with the drag manager when you use custom cursors, and I had to start using the 3.2 nightly builds to finish development. In short, stay tuned while I get everything polished, and enjoy the Logicly preview app for now.