Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Flex Training

Assisting in VMWare Server, Ubuntu 8.04 Server edition and Drupal installation took up the better part of the day. The Server edition was not necessary, however the Desktop edition downloaded cannot be used due to corruption/incomplete transfer. The advantage of the Server edition is that it allows the setup of the mail, LAMP and OpenSSH servers automatically, thus mail works and ssh to the installed OS is possible. The downside is that the user interface is the command-line. This is rectified by following How to install GNOME on Ubuntu Server
specifically these lines:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install gdm
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

The resulting download is over 300MB, so it will take some time to finish with the process. In the meanwhile, one will have to suffer with the command-line ;).

After that, Flex training took up the rest of the day. Started out on the easy side, going over the 'Introduction' and 'Getting Started' videos. Mostly reinforcing what was already known, though there were a few interesting bits, like making full use of a two-monitor setup by detaching some of the Flex windows from the main application and putting it in the spare screen area. Then one can save that perspective and reuse it. It is applicable to Eclipse as well, seeing that the Flex Builder is built on it.

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