Daniel Dura

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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?

Written by Daniel Dura

September 1st, 2004 at 10:55 am

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  1. Thought it was just my proxy mucking up (with the comments). I use AS2Lib (really good), but I would love MM to expand at least mx.utils a little. For some reason I prefer to use libraries/classes from the vendor (e.g. EventDispatcher over alternatives), just like Java with it’s wealth of standard libraries it feels safer long term, weird. Often disuaded from distributing a project that uses for example as2lib and as a result end up forgoing the benefits.

    Richard Leggett

    1 Sep 04 at 3:17 pm

  2. as2lib is pretty good, theyre still in alpha and from what i know, the beta has a few significant changes. But all in all theyre libraries are pretty extensive and useful

    well, i dont trust macromedia to stay consistant with their as libs, so i dont differentiate between MM libs and good 3rd party libs. In fact it seems like the 3rd party libs help shape the MM libs…

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    2 Sep 04 at 8:53 am

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