Archive for September, 2004
If you have a spare moment, go login to DevChat and watch some of us duke it out in Star Wars: Battlefront! Make sure and launch the video pod.
If you miss out, here is a screenshot:
If you haven’t heard already, Central 1.5 was released today with some pretty significant changes… not only to the platform itself, but also to licensing. Of course, I am especially excited that the AIM SDK for Central has also been released. I have been involved with this project for quite some time and must say that it is great to see it released.
I am currently in Denver International Airport, on my way back to San Francisco, so I should be following all the relevant posts, etc. In the meantime, why don’t you go download the SDK and start getting familiar with the API. I will have many more posts related to Central 1.5 and the AIM SDK soon.
Currently I am on vacation in Alaska. My wife and I just finished a 7 day cruise travelling up the inside passage, and we are currently sitting in a Burger King (that has free wireless!) finalizing a few plans. We will be spending the next three days in the Alaskan interior, heading up to Denali National Park (home of Mt. McKinley) and possibly Fairbanks.
To say it is amazing would be an understatement. I will post my pictures online when we get back on Friday. You imagine it, we have seen it: Humpback Whales, Orcas, Sea Lions, Sea Otters, calving glaciers, etc. It has been amazing weather, the locals keep telling us how rare this is, usually it is gray and dreary this time of year, but it has been blue and beautiful for us. We have a pretty good shot at seeing the Northern Lights tonight (crossing fingers). More info to come soon!
Have you ever wanted to participate in the Ask the Audience questions on the gameshow? Well, now you can. It turns out that AOL has teamed up with the famous quiz show to allow users to participate via the AIM Bot “MillionaireIM”.
This is just another addition to the numerous bots that are already out there, and is an example of how powerful presence enabled software can be. Rumors are that atleast 30,000 people have already signed up to be notified when a stumped contestant is begging for help.
To use the bot, just add the bot to your buddy list, and send it a message. Thats about it.
Maybe something to rival Mike’s famous spoof last year? Graeme Bull has posted a spoof of the new flash video ad on macromedia.com. He actually goes through what it took to create the ad, and what tools he used.
The guys over at B-Line have released the public beta of their new ActionScript 2.0 source code documentation tool called BLDoc. I have used this tool a number of times and must say that it is worth some hype. Out of the box, it provides you with a very simple and easy way to generate quality documentation in both HTML and Flash IDE formats. And if you are more adventerous, you can customize it to exactly fit your needs. Be sure to check this out, and start documenting your code (not that you haven’t been doing it religously already).
So, in my last post I was soliciting feedback, only to realize that my comments had been disabled. I had done that a few months ago to curb the onslaught of enlargement advertisements. They should be back up now, so please submit your thoughts and opinions in the last post.
Let me be honest, the last time I did any Java development was in 1997. You are probably trying to count back versions at this point (which may take a while), so let me just give it away: Java 1.1. Recently I had the urge to read up on Java again, so went out and bought a few books and checked out the Java 1.5 API (let me just say as an aside, I pretty much stick to O’Reilly books, very rarely do I find one that isn’t above average). What struck me first was the breadth of the API. From the collections framework, to the security framework, to swing (OK, bad example, but I had to throw it in there for the fun of it :) ), Java takes care of all those repetitive tasks you find yourself doing over and over again. I must say that for a minute I was jealous. For an instant I wished I hadnít read through the API’s, ignorance is bliss, right?
During my daily ramblings in code, I use a few frameworks and classes that have proved valuable. These include Ralf Siegel’s AS2 Logging Framework, my own iterator implementation, my own type-safe enumeration implementation, and various other ins-n-outs. So my question for you is this: What libraries do you use? Which libraries would you like to see? Do you write your own libraries for use in your Flash AS2 applications? Would you use third-party libraries if they were available?
Luke Bayes and Ali Mills have released a new AS2 Unit Testing framework. You can find the homepage here, and download the source here. What sets this framework apart from its counterparts is that it released under an LGPL license.
It seems that more and more often we are seeing libraries and frameworks like this ported to AS2. I find these projects invaluable and I believe they bolster the AS2 framework in general.