Archive for November, 2004
Well, currently my wife and I are passing through Reno on our way to Salt Lake for Thanksgiving. I am making this post in the car on my Sidekick II (I LOVE this thing.) I actually will be making a post tomorrow with some updates. I have a new Flex app that I have built that I wan’t everyone to check out (hint: if you like Halo, you will want to check it out). Anyways, other than that, I will pretty much be offline. So, have a happy Thanksgiving!
I had seen this earlier, but was reminded about it when I was browsing the Flexcoders mailing list this morning. As many of you know, the Flex framework has extensive debugging abilities, but many times a simple trace will do. Dirk Eismann has put together a great tracing package together that will help you monitor the traces in your Flex application. I assume this would work in Central also, where it will definitely come in handy.
Mike Lyda has just released a new AIM based Central application. During development of the SDK, I was hoping that people would be able to see beyond the idea of just adding chat to an existing application and start to explore the possibilities of building different tools and utilities that make using AIM even better. Well, there is no doubt that Mike caught on to this.
He has released an app called AIM Watcher. The app is really quite simple but I have already found it extremely useful. Basically, it lays out the status of all your buddies in a timeline. Using this app, you get more of a sense of when their status did change, instead of just seeing who is online, offline, or away at the moment.
Be sure and install the application and check it out. Just as an FYI, you will need to install the AIM Client for Macromedia Central first to make this work. If you dont want to use the AIM client that is built into Central as your primary AIM client, you can just sign on and then set yourself to Away. When you do this, all messages sent to you will still be sent to your normal IM client but Central will still be able to monitor the status of all your buddies.
If you are interested in building Central apps that are able to access the AIM network, also be sure and check out the AIM SDK for Macromedia Central.
Here are just a few pictures of me and Mike’s adventure last night. We braved the cold and the rain (OK, it was just a mist) and came out victorious. We are both proud owners of the Halo 2 Limited Edition release. Needless to say, I have already taken it for a test drive and so far it is everything it has been hyped to be . And, I haven’t even played online yet! I have made it through the first level, but I am sure tonight we will all be hitting Xbox Live pretty hard.
So, if you have a gamer tag, feel free to post it in the comments and we can get a bit of a community clan going!
My gamer tag is: ddura
Me and Mike are standing here out in front of the EB Games on Powell St. here in San Francisco waiting for the release of Halo 2! This is the first time that I have done this kind od thing, and it is quite exciting. There are already a few hundred people in line. Mike and I are about 70th. Ill post some pics and comments in the morning, after we have given Halo 2 its first test drive :)
As a little extra incintive, the first person to come and introduce themselves to us down here will get a free Flash Timbuktu messenger bag!
Although many of you may not have been able to attend the Sneak Peaks session at MAX 2004, you should have been able to view the video my brother posted. One of the items I showed at the ‘Sneaks’ was a Flex based application I built running in Central. This application, which I dubbed FAB (Flex Amazon Browser), allows the user to browse the Amazon.com catalog of products, cache items, read reviews, and receive alerts when items change. It runs in both the browser and Central, and really shows off how exciting this new technology is. I put this project together a month or two ago as a demo internally and now I am going to make it available on my site. I should have it up by the end of the week. Until then, I have posted some links on how you can build Flex apps that run in both the browser and the desktop using Macromedia Central.
Head over to my brother’s blog and check out the MAX 2004 Sneak Peak session video he took. Although it doesn’t catch the entire session (which went really well), he was able to tape the Flash Player, Flash Authoring, Flex, and Central demos. This was the first time the Flash Authoring demos were shown publicly, and I think they were received really well. I showed off some of the prototypes the Central team has come up with and they also seemed to generate a lot of buzz. Anyways, head over to Josh’s blog and enjoy sucking down some of our server’s bandwidth :)
Just figured I would make the obligatory ‘heading to MAX’ post :) I should be there in a few hours, I am on the plane right now. See you all soon!