Two New Software Updates

There are two software updates that came out recently.

1. Mozilla Thunderbird version 3. I’ve used the Thunderbird Betas and RCs ever since they’ve been available and have, for the most part, been quite pleased. It’s been so long since I’ve used Thunderbird 2, that I don’t really remember how it looked. Thunderbird 3’s new tabs and search functionality are hard to live without now.

2. Adobe Air 2 beta. I haven’t used that many Air apps – mainly as there aren’t many out there. But, I have used a few. I think Jonathon Snook’s Snitter was an Air app. I used that for a while until he ceased development of it. I also have used ExtJS’s Documentation Air app a few times. The big updates are better profiling for CPU and memory and a Webkit update giving it the latest HTML5 and CSS3 features.

Ext JS 2.0.2 Released

If you haven’t looked at the Ext JS framework yet, you really ought to. We use it extensively at work and we are quite happy with it. I just wanted to point out that the 2.0.2 version of Ext has come out. This release was mostly related to the new Adobe AIR 1.0 that was recently released. Currently at work we don’t do any AIR related things, but we’ve looked at dabbling in that field in the future. That being said, there are a few custom Ext components that were put in the Simple Tasks example that came out with this release. The TreeList, custom grid columns, and a switch button are all used in Simple Tasks, but their code could very easily be copied from that example to be put into any 2.x-compatible code.