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Comments Back Up

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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.

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September 1st, 2004 at 2:00 pm

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What AS2 libraries do you use?

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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?

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September 1st, 2004 at 10:55 am

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New AS2 Unit Testing Framework

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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.

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September 1st, 2004 at 9:21 am

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First Time on a Segway

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If you want to see a picture of my first ride on a Segway, check this out. Ill give you a dollar (okay, an imaginary dollar), if you can tell me what the picture on the base of the handlebar is.

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August 25th, 2004 at 9:17 am

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Flex Builder Release

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As you may have already heard, Flex Builder (codename Brady) has been releaased. I encourage you all to try it out. The last week or two I have been working on a small Flex application (my first) and decided that I would use Flex Builder to build the app from the ground up. I must say that it has definitely improved my workflow and offers a lot of features that made me more efficient.

Just a few highlights of what features impressed me the most:

- Built in debugging
- Network traffic monitor (SOAP, HTTP, etc.)
- WYSIWYG layout tools

Flex Builder Product Page

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August 23rd, 2004 at 9:24 am

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Poll: What is your primary IM gateway?

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Which service do you use as your primary IM gateway? If you choose ‘Other’ please place a comment to let us know which one you use. Also, if you prefer one over the other, please post in the comments which features of your service you find most valuable, that the others do not have.

Note: To switch between polls, use the Archive tab.

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July 12th, 2004 at 11:33 am

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Poll: Which conferences are you attending?

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As you may have seen, I recently added Pollster 2.0 to my blog. I am very interested in finding out which conferences you will be attending in the next year. If you are attending multiple, you should be able to refresh the page and submit multiple times.

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July 12th, 2004 at 11:31 am

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Get Religious: Sing a Song

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Don’t worry, this isn’t a religious pitch :) But, it is one of the most unique RIA’s I have seen in a while. Apparently a whole team of Flash developers have been working on this RIA, which allows you to browse the music library, print the sheet music, play the music, change keys, change tempo, etc.

Be sure to check it out here.

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June 7th, 2004 at 9:51 am

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Another Social Software Blog

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Incase you dont read my (spam riddled) comments, I just wanted to point out another great social software blog. This one is by Gregory Narain and is called Social Twister.

Social Twister (http://www.socialtwister.com)

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May 21st, 2004 at 9:19 am

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Social Software Weblogs

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Here are links to two great social software weblogs to add into your favorite aggregator:

Many 2 Many (http://www.corante.com/many/)

The Social Software Weblog (http://socialsoftware.weblogsinc.com/)

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May 19th, 2004 at 10:29 am

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