Archive for September, 2003
Ok, so my brother (without my prior permission, and against my will) posted that today I became the challangee of eating as many twinkies as I could. The goal was 20, I ate 11. First, a disclaimer, they were off-brand twinkies (now the Hostess company can’t sue me like the cattle ranchers sued Oprah). I AM NEVER EATING A TWINKIE AGAIN. Do you even realize what the taste in your mouth is after eating 11 of those things….ugh…
So, now I can tell a story about Josh. These same co-workers challenged Josh about a year or so ago to eat a jar full of M&Ms. They even got $50 together if he could eat it. Well, as the story goes, he took one big mouth full, chewed a little, and then hurled them back into the jar. (Man I hope this doesnt start a tell all war between us, we sure have a lot of stories we could tell!)
As a second disclaimer, let me assure you that we are not trying to produce our own version of JackAss over here, just a little office fun :)
Well, Ale over at bomberstudios.com seems to have fielded many requests for an update to his extremely popular, power, and lightweight ActionScript editor that will support AS2. As we all know, time = money in our business, and although he says he will not charge for his tool, he is looking for a few ‘thank you’ donations before investimng the time in updating SciTE|Flash. Considering how much I use SciTE|Flash, I decided to paypal him $10, ok actually 10 Euros (whatever that works out to be, I think $11.5 or something like that). I highly encourage you, if you have found his tool useful, to go put $1 or so in his paypal account, and show him how much you appreciate his work.
Well, now the real fun begins. MX 2004 has been released (atleast for DevNet subscribers) and for the Flash Community, the real digging in will begin. We have a whole new version of ActionScript, new tools, new ways to develop applications (forms), and more. Hopefully over the next few weeks, I will be posting a bit more about what I think have been some of the hidden but powerful features of Flash MX 2004 Professional.
But let me first point you to one of my favorites. Flash MX 2004 Professional includes a webservice browser. Basically, you punch in the wsdl for the service, and right within Flash, you can view the required parameters for different methods, and instantly set up WebService objects that will make the calls. Then, if you like, you then have the ability to bind results to components.
Another little favorite of mine, that can easily go unnoticed, is the way you set breakpoints in your code in the IDE. Instead of right clicking on the line (which now selects the line of code), you just click on the left margin of the line, and BAM, a breakpoint. OK, so it may save you 2 seconds, but those seconds add up :)
More to come… but while you are at it, check out Grant Skinner’s new blog, and his exposť on ActionScript 2.0.
If you have a DevNet subscription, you might want to go login. It is like Christmas all over again.