Re: [Flashcoders] Re: Datagrid cell focus

2014-09-21 Thread Dave Watts
 I think this question may be in the archives. Have you checked there? Not 
 positive how to get there, just know one exists.
 Might post your question again as many flash devs are not paying attention to 
 the list as much anymore, but peek in from
 time to time.  They probably just missed it or because it's a data grid 
 question, be hiding from it. :P

The archives don't work since the last server migration, unfortunately.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Mailing Lists and Tools

2013-05-23 Thread Dave Watts
 Oren, what's your problem??

Apparently, he was unable to unsubscribe himself and unwilling to ask
for help. I've unsubscribed him.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Mailing Lists and Tools

2013-05-23 Thread Dave Watts
 Take it easy, Oren. There is no spam I've seen. It looks like something got
 corrupted in my reply, but that's hardly spam. I'm posting from a Caribbean
 island, and there might be some transmission problems-- this is a small,
 less-visited island.

 Isn't TCP supposed to prevent that? It will either fail the transfer or
 correct the error, never let corrupted data pass.

Sure, but TCP isn't an application protocol. SMTP servers can screw up
encodings, content, etc. So, in theory, Kerry could have been using a
local SMTP server that was misconfigured in some way.

That said, this didn't happen here. What happened is Kerry saw the
Hebrew characters in Oren's response, and guessed that something got
screwed up. Those characters are perfectly valid within Oren's
response though.

I may not know much about Flash, but this is more my kind of thing.
Too bad it's completely OT.

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Re: [Flashcoders] (no subject)

2013-05-15 Thread Dave Watts
 To all problems that Flash has I found new.
 I tested some flash sites in Windows 8 Metro and found that some pages with
 flash sites does not play. Adobe.com plays well. What  reason can be for
 other sites?
 Some sites said you need to upgrate you Flash player if they use swfobject,
 some just nothing show.

Did you check this page?

http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-issues-windows-8.html

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Re: [Flashcoders] Re: OT: Interactive conferences (Merrill, Jason)

2013-01-24 Thread Dave Watts
 Our key learning event for 2013 will be O'Reilly's Fluent Conference in San
 Francisco in May

I'd second Fluent, based on feedback I got about the last one. I
didn't attend myself, though.

Once you have a specific toolset, you might find other, more directed,
conferences. For example, we do a lot of stuff with Sencha (Touch,
EXT-JS, EXT for GWT, Sencha Designer) and they have their own
conference called, appropriately enough, SenchaCon. On an unrelated
note, I recommend you check out Sencha Designer, which is shaping up
to be a very nice tool.

You might also want to check out Google I/O - although this is
certainly not a JS conference, they do cover a lot of technologies
that rely heavily on JS.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Re: OT: Interactive conferences (Merrill, Jason)

2013-01-24 Thread Dave Watts
 Oh, and as a side note, does Fig Leaf host a similar mailing list like this 
 but for Javascript / AJAX'y stuff?

We do not. I personally tend to just rely on StackExchange for JS questions.

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Re: [Flashcoders] remove from list

2012-04-01 Thread Dave Watts
Use the link at the bottom of each list message to remove yourself.

On Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 05:28, Studio aan de Werf j...@studioaandewerf.nl 
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Re: [Flashcoders] Should I use BlazeDS for this?

2012-03-09 Thread Dave Watts
 When we have network slowdowns, polling sometimes fails and the
 project hangs. Is Blaze/LiveCycle well behaved on thin networks? Is it
 more robust than polling under these conditions?

To add to Henrik's answer, LiveCycle supports async (push) via RTMP,
but BlazeDS doesn't include RTMP support. It does support HTTP
long-polling, which is about as efficient as you get without actual
async communication:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Push_technology#Long_polling

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Re: [Flashcoders] PDF files in Flash

2012-02-12 Thread Dave Watts
 Has anyone heard of or has done this before?

 I have a client that wants a Flash app and one of the requirements is to be 
 able to pull PDF's into the interface. There
 are some 80 different PDFs and he use to have a app built in Director using 
 the PDF Xtra from Integration. I loves the
 application and wants to make in Flash now, but can't find any info on the 
 web about PDF's inside of Flash.

 Any ideas or suggestions?

I don't remember exactly how this is done, but I know it's doable -
the LiveCycle Workspace is a Flex application that does exactly this.
It may open an HTML page to do it, though, I'm not sure.

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Re: [Flashcoders] PDF files in Flash

2012-02-12 Thread Dave Watts
 Thank you. I've done HTMLLoader in AS3 and AIR, but they want more control. 
 The typical Reader controls.

Normally, when you load a PDF in HTML, you get those controls by default.

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Re: [Flashcoders] PDF files in Flash

2012-02-12 Thread Dave Watts
  Normally, when you load a PDF in HTML, you get those controls by default.

 Well I know of no way to import a PDF inside of a swf, AIR app or projector. 
 Can you enlighten me, please?

I don't know if I can. As I stated earlier, I've seen this with
LiveCycle Workspace, which is a Flex app that loads PDFs. You can read
all about that application here:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/livecycle/9.0/customizeworkspaceui.pdf

I suspect it uses HTML to load the PDFs, as I mentioned earlier, but
am not entirely sure. You can download Workspace and view the source
code by downloading the evaluation or developer version of LiveCycle
server - you'll probably have to install it, which is kind of a pain,
but you should be able to download it for free.

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Re: [Flashcoders] PDF files in Flash

2012-02-12 Thread Dave Watts
 I was more curious that you said you get those controls by default and I've 
 never seen that, except in Reader.

Well, normally when you serve a PDF, the browser hands it off to a
helper application, and usually that's Adobe Reader. Reader is then
opened within the browser. This behavior is becoming a bit less
common, as Chrome can render PDFs directly, etc.

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Re: [Flashcoders] webcam wackiness...

2011-09-19 Thread Dave Watts
 I recently developing an AR apps and my clients also face the same problem.
 I asked them to update their flash player to 10.3.183.7

 Check MAC flash player version by visiting the page -
 http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

I'm using the latest FP version, and Tom's link didn't work for me.

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Re: [Flashcoders] webcam wackiness...

2011-09-18 Thread Dave Watts
 i want to confirm that this...

 http://46.4.226.29/camtest/

 does not work on a mac, and in chrome 14 beta on the pc?

It didn't work on my Mac (Lion, latest version of Chrome stable).

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Re: [Flashcoders] DataGrid: save multidim arrayfrom Flash to mySQL with PHP

2011-09-05 Thread Dave Watts
 My problem is how to fetch my $_POST['VALUES'], which is the
 multi-dimensional  array:

 myArray[0[id]
  myArray[0][name]
  myArray[0][description]

 ...

 etc.

I'm not a PHP expert, but in general you can't really submit an array
as form data directly to a CGI program. You have to post name-value
pairs - if you have a set of array values, they'd simply end up having
the same name and different values (like a checkbox array in HTML, for
example). In your case, things are a bit more complicated because you
have an array of structs, basically, so you'll need to convert those
to a bunch of individual name-value pairs in order to submit them to a
CGI program.

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Re: [Flashcoders] DataGrid: save multidim arrayfrom Flash to mySQL with PHP

2011-09-05 Thread Dave Watts
 Do you mean that is it not possible to send an array from Flash to PHP in
 this way:

        private function validateAndSend(e:MouseEvent):void {
                form_variables = new URLVariables();
...
                form_variables.VALUES = myMultiDimArray;
                form_varLoader.addEventListener(Event.COMPLETE,
 completeLoadHandler);
                form_varLoader.load(form_varSend);
        }

That would send a single form field, VALUES, with a single value
containing something that's not a string. But sending data via HTTP
requires that you use strings. In the simplest case, you'd at least
have to convert the array to a string to store it within the single
form field. This kind of thing is a fairly common problem with web
applications - you typically have to serialize your data to send via
HTTP, then deserialize the sent data to use it as an object that's not
a string.

Normally, as an occasional Flex guy, I end up using AMF which includes
serialization/deserialization functionality to handle this for you.

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Re: [Flashcoders] OT: Explore the complete list archives

2011-08-25 Thread Dave Watts
 Thanks for the link,

 It's not the same as the appears on auto-signature of the list.

No, the link at the bottom of the list lets you manage your membership
and options.

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Re: [Flashcoders] OT: Explore the complete list archives

2011-08-24 Thread Dave Watts
 Anyone knows how to view the entire archives of this list?

http://www.mail-archive.com/flashcoders@chattyfig.figleaf.com/

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Re: [Flashcoders] Array Limit

2011-08-04 Thread Dave Watts
 I want to have an array of x,y I use array of object like this
 var arr:Array=new Array
 arr[0]=new Object()
 arr[0].x=10
 arr[0].y=22

 ..
 I have 4000 or more point because i want to save point of draw wave tore draw 
 it . i use array to save point
 what is Array limit 

Straight from the docs:

Indexed arrays use an unsigned 32-bit integer for the index number.
The maximum size of an indexed array is 232 - 1 or 4,294,967,295. An
attempt to create an array that is larger than the maximum size
results in a run-time error.

 and is there better way to do it

I don't know. An array seems suitable to me.

 how can i emty array to use it again ?

If you want to reuse it, just redeclare it. If you want it to be
garbage-collected (you don't want to reuse it), things become a bit
more complicated I think.

 how can i get last point

arr[arr.length]

I'll add that I'm not a Flash developer, although I work with Flex
some, so others may have better answers. But all of the questions you
asked are easily Googleable.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Array Limit

2011-08-04 Thread Dave Watts
 And to get the last point var point = myarray[myarray.length -1]

OK, I misread the question and didn't subtract 1 as a result. D'oh!

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Re: [Flashcoders] mx.logging package?

2011-08-02 Thread Dave Watts
 Any idea where I can get the mx.logging package? Is it an intrinsic or what?
 As3 corelib is dependant on it.

It's part of the Flex framework, and is automatically included in Flex
3 projects. You can install the Flex 3.x SDK, then reference this
directory:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Flex Builder
3\sdks\3.0.0\frameworks\flash-integration\ (your version number will
probably be the latest 3.x SDK rather than 3.0.0, actually)

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Re: [Flashcoders] job posting ok here?

2011-07-03 Thread Dave Watts
 if not where?

Relevant job posts are acceptable. Thanks for asking first, though!

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Re: [Flashcoders] ASyncToken - How does it work / Alternatives

2011-07-01 Thread Dave Watts
 Q1:
 How does ASyncToken work?
 What is being stored and is it being held by flash, the browser?, sent to
 the server and returned?
 Does it need server side support/browser support/anything else that I need
 to worry about outside of actionscript?

It's pretty simple, really, as I understand it. The application simply
fingerprints the request - I'm not sure exactly what it looks at to
do this, but I haven't had to since it seems to work very well - and
creates an object corresponding to that unique request. The value is
stored by the browser, the server doesn't know anything about it.

It doesn't need server-side or browser support, it's built into Flash Player.

 Q2:
 Are there alternatives to ASyncToken that don't depend on flex?

I don't see why you couldn't roll your own here, assuming you can
figure out how to fingerprint a request. I only do Flex though, so I
can't really give you a straight answer to this question.

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Re: [Flashcoders] How do I create a CDATA node using AS2?

2011-05-11 Thread Dave Watts
 In the xml node itself, the nodes content wrapped CDATA in the XML or the
 result of that node wrapped in CDATA in flash?

 xmlnode id=![CDATA[nodename]]
 xmlnode

CDATA is not valid for XML attribute values.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Vedanayagam G has invited you to use Google Talk

2011-05-05 Thread Dave Watts
 Doesn't this qualify as spam?

Not really. It indicates the poster doesn't understand how address
books work, etc. But that is a forgivable (if tauntable) offense.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Strange Behavior with an email link

2011-04-27 Thread Dave Watts
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You may post questions, but:
- only once,
- and not within a thread started by someone else.

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Re: [Flashcoders] What is up with adobes documentation?

2011-04-21 Thread Dave Watts
 Every time I do a big search I seem to get a LOT of as2 links and when I add
 as3 into the search terms I keep getting links to either a page offering up
 a bunch of generic documentation pages (ie not direct links to the class I'm
 looking for) or I get class documentation pages that are only half full.
 Seriously do a search on the livedocs site for the  flvplayback class, its
 shocking especially in light of the fact that there is no longer any local
 docs installed with the software any more

I use Livedocs quite a bit - mostly for ColdFusion - and if you do
searches directly from Google you tend to get older Livedocs content
just because it's been around longer. For example, if I just type a
CFML tag into a Google search, the first Livedocs hit will likely be
for CF 7 or even 6 - the current version is 9.

And this isn't just an issue with Adobe's documentation. I see it all
the time with other documentation - even Google's own documentation. I
do a lot of work with the Google Search Appliance, and my first
documentation hit for a search on that typically goes to a pretty old
version of the appliance.

Fortunately, a little Google-fu goes a long way here. You can use
helpful search operators to help filter your search to newer document
sets. For example, with CF, I can add this to my search:

site:livedocs.adobe.com/coldfusion/9

And of course, you can automate this pretty easily in a variety of ways.

 What is going on with this? With people (rightly or wrongly) bashing flash
 in favour of the yet untried html5 spec, adobe can ill afford this kind of
 crap support for the flash platform.

I think you're making a big leap from one thing to the other here.
Flash detractors don't care about the state of Adobe's documentation.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Thought some one would like this online book

2011-02-27 Thread Dave Watts
  ww.scribd.com/Flash-As3-Programming/d/19382007

 Nice. I had to search Flash AS3 Programming once I got to the
 site--the link redirected me to their home page.

 Once I got to the book, though, it looks nice.

Just add the missing w to ww.scribd.com and it'll take you to the right page.

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Re: [Flashcoders] AS3 / OOP training

2011-02-17 Thread Dave Watts
 I'm looking for a quality AS3 / OOP training program.  I'm (pathetically) 
 still writing everything in AS2, and have only a vague
 understanding of OOP.  In my experience it's difficult to find training 
 suitable for somebody at my level - not a newbie, but far from
 an expert.  Anybody have any suggestions?  I'm thinking a 3 to 5 day program, 
 and I'm in the Greater Boston area, so preferably
 around here, but I can travel if necessary.

I'd suggest this. It's not running in the Boston area right now:
http://training.figleaf.com/courses/Flash_ActionScript.cfm

Of course, I'm a bit biased, but it gets positive reviews from students.

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Re: [Flashcoders] current consensus of available Flash 3D engines?

2011-02-03 Thread Dave Watts
Hi, I'm the list admin.

 My forum post is to provide information, it turns into a spam when the
 amount of information it provides is reduced to 0 and becomes a war of words.

This list has a fairly narrow focus. It's about Flash coding. Posts
about how to use the Flash IDE are off-topic.

Information that is useful in one place or context, may well be noise
in another place. Unless this is a tool is something you use to write
ActionScript or MXML, this is not the place to be talking about it.
While we may not adhere to this high standard as well as we should, we
do try, and I don't want to start going in the other direction.

 So, this is absolutely my last post.

If you do this again, yes, this will be your last post. Please don't
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Re: [Flashcoders] Call method by name: A few questions...

2011-01-14 Thread Dave Watts
I'm not sure if this is what you're asking for.

 1. How to call com.google.maps.controls.* methods by name?

new com.google.maps.controls.ZoomControl();

 2. Is it bad practice to pass an array to a setter?

Not if you have a property of the object that is an array.

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Re: [Flashcoders] AIR for Android - video on mobile problem.

2011-01-13 Thread Dave Watts
 Firstly, would anyone know if there is a list similar to flashcoders
 specifically for AIR for Android questions?

I don't know if there's one just for AIR on Android. But there is a
good AIR list, called AIR-Tight.

http://groups.google.com/group/air-tight?hl=en

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Re: [Flashcoders] How to utilize this code:public staticconst: Needhelp understanding...

2011-01-12 Thread Dave Watts
 Yeah, people need to turn off their boilerplate signatures.

That's not how boilerplate signatures work. I strongly doubt Jason has
the ability to disable them. He could use a personal address instead
of his work address, but there are plenty of reasons for him not to do
that, I'm sure.

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Re: [Flashcoders] test

2011-01-11 Thread Dave Watts
 And along the same lines, what's going on with feeds.adobe.com?  That's been 
 down for weeks!

They're aware of the situation and are working on it.

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Re: [Flashcoders] test

2011-01-11 Thread Dave Watts
  And along the same lines, what's going on with feeds.adobe.com?  That's 
  been down for weeks!

 They're aware of the situation and are working on it.

Aaaand it's back! At least, that's what the Adobe folks told me.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Components With Pure ActionScript

2010-12-13 Thread Dave Watts
 Ok, a follow-up question. You can use Flash components in a Flex AS3
 project, can't you?

Yes, you can.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Call to a possibly undefined method inflate through a reference with static type flash.utils:ByteArray

2010-10-03 Thread Dave Watts
 I'm trying to compress XML data being exchanged via Socket with a Perl
 backend and after taking several hurdles, I'm stuck at this error message:

    1061: Call to a possibly undefined method inflate through
    a reference with static type flash.utils:ByteArray.

In your code, if there's nothing to read, your exception handlers fall
through after calling handleTcpError. At compile time, the compiler
has no guarantee that there'll be anything in the byte array.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Call to a possibly undefined method inflate through a reference with static type flash.utils:ByteArray

2010-10-03 Thread Dave Watts
 No, I think Dave has a valid point - if my ByteArray _bytes
 is null - because a socket read has thrown an exception,
 then the compiler might be able to recognize it (same is in Java).

 The compiler does not know that an exception has been thrown. That's runtime
 events. Exceptions are not checked in actionscript, so the compiler MAY NOT
 raise any errors.

In general, I think Henrik is more likely to be correct about
Actionscript than I am. I've been doing a lot of Java programming
lately, where you do have checked exceptions, but I'm off the mark
here.

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Re: [Flashcoders] CS5 where to put tween engines etc?

2010-09-30 Thread Dave Watts
 It's much better if you keep all classes and libraries local to the project,
 even if it means 'clogging' up drive space with copies of the same thing.
 This ensures that

 A) projects are portable, as you can pack/move them all from the same source
 without having to care about dependencies; and
 B) you don't depend on library versioning, where one update in project X can
 break project Y silently

This sounds like a job for symlinks.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Bounce Backs

2010-09-09 Thread Dave Watts
 Does anyone else get these every time that they post to the list (as I do)?

 If so, would it make any sense to remove them?

I've unsubscribed them.

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Re: [Flashcoders] parsing multi-dimensional array

2010-09-07 Thread Dave Watts
 I think I still don't understand the big trick of value objects.  :-(

There really isn't any trick. Maybe that's the trick!

Simply put, a value object is just a container for a bunch of related
properties. Say you wanted to talk about people in your program. You'd
define the properties of a person, and incorporate those properties
within a class that contains nothing but those properties. You'd use
the appropriate data types for each property, of course:

[Bindable]
public class Person {
 public var firstName:String;
 public var lastName:String;
 public var age:Number;
}

Then, when you wanted to talk about a group of people, you'd create
one instance of Person for each person in the group, and store it in
an Array or ArrayCollection. The advantage of this over just using
multidimensional arrays is that you get strict typing and
easier-to-read code.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Fwd: Looking for Flash/Web Designer! Great

2010-09-07 Thread Dave Watts
 This is meant to be a Flash coders list. When did it become a job-seeker site 
 which apparently specializes in underpaid web
 developer jobs? Most developers I know are very busy people who do not need 
 their time wasted by spurious, inappropriate posts
 to the list.

We generally allow job postings, and they're not very common, so we'll
probably continue to do so. If the number of postings increase to an
unacceptably high level, or the consensus of the list changes, we may
revisit that.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Database Centric with Flash Builder 4 and Without the Flex Framework

2010-08-30 Thread Dave Watts
 I have a simple question regarding the latest Flash Builder  4.
 Based on viewing some recent demos, I am aware the latest Flash  Builder 4
 has some quick solutions for generating data server connections with  the
 click of a button.
 Is it possible to build a database application, e.g. PHP and MySQL  with
 pure Action script 3.0 and the latest Flash Builder 4 aforementioned  feature,
 without using the Flex framework?

The remoting classes are part of the Flex framework, so I don't think
so. You can build Flex applications just using AS 3 without MXML, but
they'd still require the Flex class library.

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Re: [Flashcoders] test

2010-08-27 Thread Dave Watts
 Am I bouncing?

I can't see whether you are or not. But your email isn't bouncing.

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Re: [Flashcoders] OT: Haven't seen emails since 8/16

2010-08-24 Thread Dave Watts
 Testing to see if the list is working.

It seems to be.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Developing Simplified Learning Management System (LMS) Moodle

2010-08-06 Thread Dave Watts
 (2) Whether it is PHP or ColdFusion, if someone already has or can
 recommend a sample code of Actionscript 3.0 only (w/o Flex) for synching  the 
 local
 database SQlite to the server and vs from the server back to the  local
 database, that would be appreciated and compensated.

This is basically built into CF 9:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/ColdFusion/9.0/Developing/WSAFE323E5-CA8B-429e-BC1C-450DA839D705.html

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Re: [Flashcoders] RE: Developing Simplified Learning Management System (LMS)

2010-08-05 Thread Dave Watts
 Currently, for the server side I am leaning toward PHP and MySQL.  If
 required and more beneficial I would consider Cold Fusion.

Well, ColdFusion is much better than PHP!

But more seriously, instead of using either, have you looked into
implementing an existing LMS like Moodle? This would allow you to use
standard APIs like SCORM for your learning objects.

 As I have not done anything with Flex and Flash Builder4, I am wondering
 whether I should start learning it to accomplish this task.

Flex programming is quite a bit different from traditional Flash
programming, so it couldn't hurt to learn a bit about that.

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Re: [Flashcoders] RE: Developing Simplified Learning Management System (LMS)

2010-08-05 Thread Dave Watts
 Well, ColdFusion is much better than PHP!

 But more seriously,

 I hope that you are joking, as you seem to be implying.

Actually, no, but this isn't the time or the place to rise to the
defense of ColdFusion I suppose.

As far as the original poster goes, he'd be better served using
whatever he already knows best, I think, if he can't use something off
the shelf like Moodle. If he already knows PHP, he should use that.

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Re: [Flashcoders] RE: Developing Simplified Learning Management System (LMS)

2010-08-05 Thread Dave Watts
 I was going to suggest Moodle as well, but it doesn't work offline as
 far as I know, so this wouldn't seem to help his need at all.  But then
 I saw there is some development of Offline Moodle - perhaps this is
 worth looking into and seeing if it could be integrated with AIR:
 http://docs.moodle.org/en/Development:Offline_Moodle

Well, I think you could build an AIR app that stores learning objects
and scores offline until a connection is available, without any
specific server-side functionality.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Using Flash Clients for capacity testing

2010-08-03 Thread Dave Watts
 My suspicion is that the flash runtime and network stack is too inefficient 
 to really utilise available hardware compared to a lower
 level language or framework..

I wouldn't necessarily say inefficient, but there are far easier
approaches. The typical load testing approach is to use a single
client, and record that client's interaction with the server. Once
that's done, the recording becomes the basis of a script that you'd
run from within the load testing tool.

I believe there's a load testing tool that supports AMF, but if you're
not using AMF than you don't even have to worry about that - just use
a standard load testing tool that can record all interaction between
the client and the server.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Flex not playing in browser

2010-07-29 Thread Dave Watts
 I have a better solution, courtesy of Mark Jonkman, the best Flex
 programmer I know (I suspect Colin Holgate is right up there with
 Mark, but I haven't seen him work in Flex).

 This is for Windows only--there may be a similar process on the Mac,
 but I don't know it. I've also only done this with FB4, and I don't
 know if it will work with earlier versions of FB.

 In the control panel, open Administrative Tools and run Internet
 Information Services Manager. In rhe panel on the left, drill down to
 Default Web Site.

 Right-click and choose Manage Web Site - Advanced Settings. Dbl-click
 Physical Path and browse to your Flex project. Click Ok.

 Still in the Default Web Site window, dbl-click HTTP Response Headers.
 On the right, click the Set Common Headers link and click Expire Web
 Content immediately. The proces will work without this, but I think it
 forces the browser to refresh.

 Now, directly from Flex, select your project and run or debug it. It
 will run in the browser, as if it were online. If you have break
 points set, it will drop into the debugger midstream. In case of a
 crash, you can click on the debug tab and see the call stack, get the
 current value of variables and expressions, and the like.

There seem to me to be a few issues here.

First, it's not clear that Ted is using Flash Builder. If he is, he
should be able to just click the Run button and it'll run his content
within a browser.

Second, you don't need a web server to develop Flex applications
(although you'll probably need a web server to develop server-side
APIs for your Flex applications). But the Flex application itself can
be launched directly from Flash Builder using a browser without having
a web server - the browser will have a file:// URL.

Third, simply configuring your web server to point to your project
directory won't change how Flash Builder launches your project. For
that, you need to configure your Flex project itself to use a web
server. And if you do configure Flash Builder that way, you can simply
have it copy your debug (and release) SWFs to a specific directory on
your web server, without any reconfiguration of the web server.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Flash and Domino

2010-07-27 Thread Dave Watts
 Anyone have tips on how to integrate Flash and Domino - basically looking to 
 update Domino fields from a Flash interface

Domino supports web services:

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/library/nd7-webservices/

In Flex, it's fairly straightforward to consume SOAP services via the
WebService object. I don't know enough about Flash to recommend the
best option there, but if you can consume SOAP services in Flash you
should be all set.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Flex

2010-07-16 Thread Dave Watts
 Any good flex tutorials online for beginners?

Sure! Have you looked at the ones on the Adobe Devnet site?

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/

Flex is way easier than regular Flash programming!

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Re: [Flashcoders] OT: Adobe Air Marketplace

2010-07-15 Thread Dave Watts
 Sorry for the OT post - however i was just wondering what your experiences 
 with the Adobe Air marketplace have been like?

If you don't get a good answer here, you might want to post on the
AIR-Tight list - lots of Adobe folks on it:

http://groups.google.com/group/air-tight?hl=en

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Re: [Flashcoders] Video encoding service

2010-07-15 Thread Dave Watts
 We have a client need to allow users to record their own podcast with their 
 webcam but don't want to shell out for Flash Media
 Interactive Server. Thoughts, recommendations? Link to thread in archive? 
 Options we're exploring -

Adobe Connect hosted solution?

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Re: [Flashcoders] access/search archives

2010-07-07 Thread Dave Watts
 I haven't attempted to access the FlashCoders archives for some time - since 
 just after they were hacked, I think maybe four years ago(?)  All I found was 
 flashNewbie archives, and no search capability. Is that all there is??

Yeah, that's all there is. I've been meaning to migrate the list to
Google Groups, but simply haven't had the time.

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Re: [Flashcoders] searching a string

2010-06-21 Thread Dave Watts
 If I had a string:

 Leadership

 And I was comparing a word:

 Leader

 How could I have the comparison show it as true since the string Leader is in 
 Leadership?

 Does this even make sense?? So if I was comparing Swim and Leadership it 
 would be false but Leader and Leadership would be
 true... kind of like if I did a SQL statement such as:

 .fieldName LIKE %Leader%

AS, like JavaScript, has a built-in library of string functions. Most
of them have the same names and work the same as they do in
JavaScript. The indexOf function lets you search for the existence of
a substring.

http://www.foundation-flash.com/tutorials/stringfunctions2/

I'm not sure why everyone else is recommending the use of regular
expressions, which seem massive overkill for what you're trying to do.

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Re: [Flashcoders] security notice: upgrade your flash player

2010-06-10 Thread Dave Watts
 Someone threw me these links about it.

 http://qoop.org/security/poc/cve-2010-1297/
 http://ganjanet.org/flash0day.06092010.tgz (all the files)

I'm not sure I'd recommend going to the first one of those unless
you're running in a VM - it appears to be doing more than just
crashing your browser. But it does crash your browser all right.

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Re: [Flashcoders] RIA Secure Coding

2010-06-03 Thread Dave Watts
 Thanks Dave, this is probably why my head hurts. I guess I'm pretty 
 interested in
 security specific to flash player and how it can be attacked.

Right, but for the most part this doesn't have anything to do with
developers. As a developer, I can build applications that use the
features of the Flash Player, but presumably they're going to use
those features in a responsible way.

Most Flash Player-specific security issues are end-user issues: an
end-user might run someone else's application which is intentionally
designed to do malicious things. The same thing happens with PDFs: as
a developer I might build PDF forms, for example, but I'm not going to
try to compromise the client that uses them. But end-users may well
download PDFs intentionally designed to do just that.

So, in summary, as a developer, you need to assume that your
client-side code can be completely viewed by an attacker, and you need
to secure the server-side calls made by that code just like you would
with an HTML interface.

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Re: [Flashcoders] problem with import mx.controls.Alert

2010-06-02 Thread Dave Watts
 Thanks, Eric. So I guess none of the mx.controls are for Flash but, rather,
 are all for Flex?

Yes, they are part of the Flex class libraries. You may be able to use
them in Flash directly, but that's not their design intent.

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Re: [Flashcoders] RIA Secure Coding

2010-06-02 Thread Dave Watts
 This one is for all the RIA developers on the list. I haven't really seen 
 secure coding
 widely addressed here but was hoping someone had knowledge that could get me
 started.

 I'm leading effort to develop flash coding standards in corporate environment 
 so there
 are fewer (or no) security risks and so there's a knowledge base of what to 
 look for. I
 gather that this is not an exciting topic for FC but I have to do a thorough 
 job
 documenting vulnerabilities, best practices, common pitfalls.

 I'm hoping someone here has had to wrestle with security for financial app or 
 hotel
 booking...  I understand that the player itself is the main concern but I 
 don't know how
 it can be hacked... I don't even want to google 'hacking flash' for fear an 
 adobe goon will
 hunt me down (and take my iPod touch).

 Any of you familiar with OWASP? I have to write a report based on these top 
 ten
 vulnerabilities (link).

 I can see the value but it hurts my web designer brain :^)
 http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Top_Ten_Project

Well, honestly, most of these issues don't really have anything to do
with Flash, Flex or AIR. They're issues that you face with any
server-side web application. The server-side web application that your
RIA client invokes has to be secure from those common vulnerabilities
listed in OWASP's Top Ten list.

As for the other issues that aren't really server-side, like XSS and
CSRF, your RIA will be more likely to be safe than a standard AJAX
HTML application interface - especially if it's an AIR application
running completely outside of a browser instance that may be used for
other things as well as your application.

I wouldn't worry about running those Google searches, anyway. Adobe's
had to let go of their goon squad due to budgetary cutbacks.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Dylan responds to e-mails at 12pm and 4pm. (Auto-Response)

2010-05-31 Thread Dave Watts
Dylan, you've had your Flashcoders mail turned off until you fix your
autoresponder. You can log in and reenable mail reception when you're
ready.

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 In order to continuously focus my attention on the large projects I am 
 working on,  I am currently checking and responding to e-mail twice daily, at 
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 If you require immediate assistance (please ensure it is urgent and it cannot 
 wait until either 12pm or 4pm) please contact me via phone at 323-963-3307.

 Thank you for understanding this move to a more productive work flow.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Dylan responds to e-mails at 12pm and 4pm. (Auto-Response)

2010-05-31 Thread Dave Watts
 Dylan refers to himself in the third person and has turned on this annoying
 feature in his email client that spams this list with auto-responses
 containing information that none of its recipients give a hoot about. Two
 good reasons to black-list him until he desists from inflicting at least one
 of the aforementioned offenses.

Dave has disabled mail sending from the list to Dylan's account. Dave
doesn't care if Dylan refers to himself in the third person. Dave
likes his chicken spicy!

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Re: [Flashcoders] Dylan responds to e-mails at 12pm and 4pm. (Auto-Response)

2010-05-31 Thread Dave Watts
 Dave likes his chicken spicy!

 Sounds kinky ;-)

No, sounds Costanza:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jimmy

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Re: [Flashcoders] Rede social une usuários do mundo acadêmico

2010-05-31 Thread Dave Watts
 Oh boy... here we go again.
 Anyone got a spanglish dictionary I could use?
 Sounds like something big. They used the word grande.
 How do you type an upside-down question mark???

Gmail prompts me to translate it from Portuguese, so I suspect that's
the dictionary you'd want to use.

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Re: [Flashcoders] File Downloads

2010-05-29 Thread Dave Watts
 Limited edition releases.

If it can be represented by a sequence of zeroes and ones, I submit to
you that it's not a limited edition. That only really makes sense
for physical objects.

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Re: [Flashcoders] File Downloads

2010-05-29 Thread Dave Watts
 Yes the users will have gone through a registration and login to get to the
 downloads.
 The files will be served from MySQL and output to HTML of Flash.
 This is for a small project of limited edition audio or pictures or scripts,
 etc.
 Hens, I'd like to limit each user in the allotted 150 to be able to
 download (whatever it is) only once.
 But up to 150 users can get in on it kind of thing.

I think you'd be better off simply allowing the logged-in users access
to the download for a fairly short period of time - a week, or maybe
just a couple of days. Downloads can fail, after all.

This is the approach that some epublishers use. For example, I buy a
decent number of books from Manning. When I buy them, or later when
they've been updated, I get an email with a link good for a week.

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Re: [Flashcoders] union 1000-user free licence announced (multiuser dev platform)

2010-05-28 Thread Dave Watts
 dave, please let me know if this type of announcement is inappropriate for
 flashcoders.

It's not inappropriate at all. Thanks for posting this!

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Re: [Flashcoders] File Downloads

2010-05-28 Thread Dave Watts
 How can I go about restricting the number of downloads of a file on my
 server?
 For Eg: if I want a music track to only be able to be downloaded by 150
 people and thats it.. ever,
 how can I go about doing this?

You'll need to serve the file through a server-side (CGI) program.
That program can read from a counter to see if additional downloads
are allowed, then write to the counter after a download has been
initiated.

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Re: [Flashcoders] File Downloads

2010-05-28 Thread Dave Watts
 I see. Would PHP work as that server side language? I am thinking so.
 You can create a PHP counter, so... hmmm.

Sure, I think it would be very easy to do in PHP.

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Re: [Flashcoders] File Downloads

2010-05-28 Thread Dave Watts
 I was starting to wrap my head around an idea like this.
 Where each user was given a list of available downloads and as they
 downloaded, the list got shorter.
 Once the list was depleted, no more downloads.
 I didn't think about tokens because I have never used them and they seem too
 complicated for such a small task.

If you're going to have users log in - which you'd need to track the
downloads available for a given user - why bother limiting the number
of times they can download the file at all?

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Re: [Flashcoders] Blocking multiple logins on one computer

2010-05-24 Thread Dave Watts
 What if I have two computers? or what if I visualized the image and ran the
 app twice? or what if I snoop the protocol? or what if I etc...  I could
 have a thousand sessions from one system and unless you track it in a db on
 the server the user is connecting to, you would never know it.

I mentioned all that in the message that you quoted.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Blocking multiple logins on one computer

2010-05-23 Thread Dave Watts
 Let me clarify a little more. How do I prevent multiple logins to my site
 from one computer regardless of the user?
 So that someone cant open safari and IE and log in to my site using both
 browsers on that one computer.
 Even if the usernames are different.

I don't think you can guarantee this, but you can make it more
difficult by looking at the user's IP address. Your web server will
make that available as a CGI variable. This however may cause problems
for users behind proxies - multiple legitimate users might then share
the same IP address - and users can circumvent this by using multiple
computers, including virtualized computers.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Blocking multiple logins on one computer

2010-05-23 Thread Dave Watts
 I agree on both points. Thanks guys.
 What about setting up the lesson api to be an air app?
 Would I be able to control this with an air app?

Yeah, that should work, as the user will only be able to run one copy
of the app at a time unless you specifically design around that.

http://www.colettas.org/?p=273

Of course, that wouldn't apply to virtualization or the user having
multiple computers, etc.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Blocking multiple logins on one computer

2010-05-23 Thread Dave Watts
 ? so... let them cheat is what your saying?

There are no client security guarantees for web applications. You can
spend a lot of time fighting this, but if someone has enough incentive
to circumvent your limitations, they'll do it.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Line break in dynamic text imported from xml

2010-05-20 Thread Dave Watts
 I managed to get this to work by using !CDATA[...]] just as you
 suggested. I hadn't understood that it needed to go inside each of my
 xml tags.

 Just a clarification--it doesn't need to be inside each of your XML
 tags. Only the ones that contain text you're going to display,
 especially if they have HTML tags like b or \n.

Well, to clarify the clarification - you need to use CDATA whenever
you have contents of an element that may contain unescaped XML
metacharacters: , , ', , . If you don't do this - whether you plan
to display the contents or not - and your element contains a
metacharacter, the XML parser will be unable to parse the file.
Basically, a CDATA block tells the parser to ignore the contents.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Omit Files on Build in Flash Builder

2010-05-15 Thread Dave Watts
 How do I define which files to omit when the building process occurs in
 Flash Builder.

 Flash Builder likes to include every single swf, gif, png.

Are any of those files directly included in the file you're building
via the Embed directive? If so, they're going to be included in the
build process, as they have to be read by the compiler into the
output.

In other cases, you can define a working set that includes just the
resources you want, then uncheck Build Automatically and build the
working set instead.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Two computers talking using AS3 Socket on same network

2010-05-12 Thread Dave Watts
 Is it possible to spoof another machine on a single Mac to get around
 setting up another box and using a flash drive to push files around for
 testing?

Sure, I don't see why not, as long as you use different ports. In the
worst case, you could definitely do it using a virtualized environment
on your Mac.

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Re: [Flashcoders] OT: PDFs, HTML5 and iPads

2010-05-11 Thread Dave Watts
 It seems to me that Flash might not be the tool most threatened by HTML5, 
 but rather the PDF format.  HTML5 obviously can't
 replace all of Flash's capabilities.  But, it has all of these new tags that 
 enhance the accuracy of describing documents.  So,
 should the Adobe Reader plugin feel more afraid?

I don't think either Flash or PDF are seriously threatened by the
iPad, really. Even if Apple sells every iPad it makes, this will be a
minuscule amount of the market. For every iPad sold, there will be
dozens of other devices (netbooks, Android tablets, whatever) sold as
well.

 On a side note, is the iPad supporting the Reader plugin?

The iPad includes some native PDF viewing functionality (apparently
fairly hard to get at), and it does support ePub natively - that's the
format that it uses for its books. The ePub format is basically a
retooled PDF format specifically designed for electronic readers.

There are also third-party PDF viewers available for iPad.

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Re: [Flashcoders] OT: PDFs, HTML5 and iPads

2010-05-11 Thread Dave Watts
 The real problem is not market share but mind share. That is, even
 if the proportion of users viewing your site via an iPad is small, the
 reaction from clients when they realize their content isnt viewable on
 the magical device will be disproportionally large. It becomes
 stickier still when you consider that a big percentage of the people
 who will use iPads are in the ad/creative/communications world, eg the
 same people making decisions and recommendations for whether or not to
 use Flash. If you're sitting in a conference room in which 90% of the
 people have iPhones and there are a few iPads sitting on the table,
 arguing that the percentage of non-Flash users is negligible becomes
 tougher.

That's definitely how Apple views this, anyway. That's the bet they're
making. As a Flash developer, though, you are obviously going to bet
the other way, right?

Fortunately for us, I don't think that's going to happen. While 90% of
the people in the conference room may have iPhones, I haven't seen any
indicator that leads me to expect that sort of buy-in for iPads. I was
just chatting with a creative director I know - a real Apple zealot -
and he told me he didn't see any value in the iPad. The people in the
conference room will already have MacBooks, etc, and Flash will work
fine on those (once they release a version of Flash Player that uses
the new hardware APIs that Apple just released - and that have been
around in Windows for ages).

And, you know, once people see that Flash can work well on other
devices, maybe the iPhone won't be as popular as it is. I'm seeing a
few people switch from iPhone to Android (mostly from frustration with
ATT, actually). Aside from the breadth of the App Store, there really
isn't any advantage that iPhone has over the Android 2.1 phones.

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Re: [Flashcoders] OT: PDFs, HTML5 and iPads

2010-05-11 Thread Dave Watts
 Wouldn't the mere fact that iTunes as a sync conduit is a pretty decent...
 conduit? Makes things pretty simple and even flexible to a certain degree.

I'm not sure I understand your question.

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Re: [Flashcoders] OT: PDFs, HTML5 and iPads

2010-05-11 Thread Dave Watts
 You said, Aside from the breadth of the App Store, there really isn't any
 advantage that iPhone has over the Android 2.1 phones.

 My point was that iTunes is a pretty compelling conduit for the iPhone. Do
 Android phones have such a thing?

OK, I see. Well, first, iTunes isn't all that compelling for me (on
Windows) beyond the Music Store, which I don't use that much. I really
dislike iTunes, because I have frequent sync problems with my 3G iPod.
But that's neither here nor there, I guess.

Android doesn't come with anything for this out of the box. You just
get the phone, and no desktop software. But DoubleTwist is a good
solution. Also, it's dead simple to just mount your Android phone as a
generic USB storage device. Finally, there's a plugin for iTunes to
let it work with Android phones:

http://ita.sourceforge.net/

I haven't used it, so I don't know how well it works.

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Re: [Flashcoders] OT: PDFs, HTML5 and iPads

2010-05-11 Thread Dave Watts
 http://www.t3.com/news/amazon-mp3-store-launches-android-app?=43281i
 prefer the amazon mp3 store on the desktop anyway - i don't know how good it
 is on android but the promise is there at least

I've used it to download free stuff on Android - if your phone doesn't
have Mojo Nixon, your phone could use some fixin' - and it works
pretty well.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Apple developing flash-like alternative

2010-05-10 Thread Dave Watts
 I can understand the Quicktime complaints, but what are the common complaints 
 about iTunes?

I've been using iTunes for years (on a PC) and without a doubt I have
more problems with it than anything else I use. Actually, I'm not sure
it's all iTunes' fault - every so often my iPod locks up during a sync
- but iTunes itself is slow, bloated, unresponsive, and ignores every
UI convention on Windows. I'm half convinced it's intentionally so bad
to convince people to get a Mac to run it.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Apple developing flash-like alternative

2010-05-09 Thread Dave Watts
 Well, you have a point Paul.  But compare and contrast to Microsoft.  
 Microsoft liked
 the Flash client too, so they came up with their own.  They never went on an 
 insult
 spree.  Apple apparently likes the Flash client too, but they did go on an 
 insult spree.
 That's underhanded to me, and in my personal opinion, not good business form.

I'm not sure that Gianduja is intended as an analogue to Flash. It
looks more like another JavaScript library to me, and there are plenty
of those already.

 Yes, of course I agree.  But I am concerned that our world is going to get 
 split in two
 now (not that it isn't fragmented already).  Isn't the concept for what we do 
 supposed to
 be write once, deploy everywhere?  Instead, we're going the route of one for 
 i* and one
 for Android/Flash.

Well, that's too bad, but there's nothing to be done about it. Apple
strictly controls their mobile device platform, and it's not in their
perceived best interest to support Flash. They see this as diluting
the value of their platform, and I think they're probably right about
this. They're gambling that people will continue developing for their
platform, and will develop first for their platform, which will be a
disadvantage for competing platforms like Android.

Of course, their gamble could be wrong. If you don't like it, I
suggest you not develop for the App Store. If enough people do this,
the problem will self-correct.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Question about Flash Builder 4

2010-05-05 Thread Dave Watts
 Ok, I'll bite - where is that setting? Poking around in prefs right now.

Project ... Build Automatically.

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Re: [Flashcoders] CIM Interview Day

2010-05-03 Thread Dave Watts
 Can you post the following message to the members?

Uh, you just did.

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Re: [Flashcoders] letter from Steve Jobs on Flash

2010-04-29 Thread Dave Watts
 this basically sums up why apple don't support flash

 Another Adobe claim is that Apple devices cannot play Flash games. This is
 true. Fortunately, there are over 50,000 games and entertainment titles on
 the App Store, and many of them are free.

 in other words 'we don't want you to play flash games, we want you to play
 apple games which we get paid for, especially when we bring out our iAd
 platform that will monetise the free apps as well'

 FUD Don Jobbso

This is exactly right. It's a business decision - a sound one - but
that's all it is. It has nothing to do with protecting the user
experience etc.

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Re: [Flashcoders] No-Cache script

2010-04-26 Thread Dave Watts
 How would I go about insuring quality on a script like this?
 By no means am I randomly grabbing codes.

The RFCs cover in detail all of the things you can do to control
caching with HTTP response headers:
http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec13.html

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Re: [Flashcoders] Quick question about dynamic groupings

2010-04-26 Thread Dave Watts
 So the personVO.as should look like this:
 package
 {
        class PersonVO
        {
                public var firstName:String;
                public var lastName:String;
                public var phoneNumber:Number;
                public var indicatorColor:uint;
        }
 }

 Now I think I understand what you are doing, but I lost to see the benefit
 of the VO over doing it with a generic Object.

Well, from the Flex side, the reason you'd use a custom value object
instead of a generic object is for strongly typed values, compile-time
checking, and code-completion in Flash Builder. I imagine some of
those carry over to regular Flash development.

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Re: [Flashcoders] Quick question about dynamic groupings

2010-04-24 Thread Dave Watts
 Interesting take - thank you for your feedback. I don't think I would have
 considered something like that. I think FB4 will like this approach as well.

Yes, FB4 will definitely like this approach. In fact, if you're using
ColdFusion as the back end, you can use the wizards in FB4 and CFB
(which is bundled with FB4) to generate both the server-side (CF) and
client-side (AS3) value object representations by just right-clicking
on the database table you want to represent. In addition to the value
objects, you'll also get a gateway object in charge of translating the
value objects to database rows and vice-versa. Then, using the
Data/Services tab, you can generate the service calls to fetch the
value objects and you can generate bindings between the value objects
and the UI components you use to display them.

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Re: [Flashcoders] flash for Android: resources?

2010-04-23 Thread Dave Watts
Adobe is now accepting applicants for the private beta for FP 10.1 and
AIR 2 on Android 2.1:
http://androidandme.com/2010/04/news/sign-up-for-flash-player-and-adobe-air-betas-for-android/

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Re: [Flashcoders] Flash and iThingammybob

2010-04-21 Thread Dave Watts
 No. I am actually looking to see if there is a loophole for using Flash on
 an iWhatever in a limited set of circumstances, either as prototyping tool
 or as a limited distribution application. I really don't know if an
 alternative open SDK yet exists or some kind of alternative open toolset
 exists that could make Adobes cross-compilation efforts at all usable.

It appears that Adobe is pulling their iPxx tools:
http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/adobe-throws-in-the-towel-on-flash-for-iphone-20100421/

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Re: [Flashcoders] Flash Google

2010-04-20 Thread Dave Watts
 Isn't that kind of thing considered unfair play and penalized by search
 engines if discovered?

It depends on how it's done, exactly. If you have very similar content
within Flash and within the alternative HTML you serve, it's not
considered cloaking:

http://www.cnet.com/8301-13530_1-9748159-28.html

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Re: [Flashcoders] Flash Google

2010-04-20 Thread Dave Watts
 In the case that Flash is driven by dynamic content dependent on user
 interaction, I don't see how such a criteria of similar content can
 reasonably be applied.

Most web applications that I work on, that have HTML interfaces, also
have dynamic content. Presumably, you'd have the same dynamic content
whether you're delivering it via Flash or AJAX.

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Re: [Flashcoders] @#$% New iPhone Developer Agreemen t Bans the Use of Adobe¹s Flash-to-iPhone Compiler

2010-04-15 Thread Dave Watts
 Why is it that their phone can embrace flash but Apple cant?

Purely because it's not in Apple's perceived business interest to do
so. That's the only reason. There are various technical-sounding
excuses given - poor performance, poor quality for cross-platform apps
- but that's all BS. Apple makes money from the App Store. Allowing
Flash detracts from the value of the App Store. Allowing developers to
use cross-platform tools detracts from the value of the App Store; if
I can build an app for Apple and Android simultaneously, the App Store
has less of an advantage over the Android Market.

 I think its time for Apple and Adobe to zip up the 'ol pants and get to
 making things work for the people who one program for their devices and two
 for the customers to enjoy that variety.
 Just sayin..

Apple has no incentive to zip up their pants. This strategy makes it
likely they'll get (and keep) a big pile of money. Adobe would like to
pull their pants up, since Apple didn't even kiss them first, but
there's really nothing they can do short of a lawsuit, and I doubt
that'll be successful in any case. Apple can make up whatever
ridiculous rules they want, as they only have a small slice of the
mobile market. They're not a monopoly by a long shot.

 Heh, then you can pitch a HTML 5 version to them and maybe have a script
 that tells if its a iPhone and switches to the HTML5 preview.

There's only one problem, really. HTML 5 kind of sucks. And it's
certainly no replacement for native apps. Web apps don't have access
to most of the good stuff in the phone - contacts, etc.

 Anyone seen a market study on how many jailbroken iPhones there are? Be
 interesting to see.

No, but interestingly there is an alternative app store called Cydia
for jailbroken phones. But jailbreaking is not an alternative if you
really want to sell your apps. Hobbyists jailbreak their phones.
Typical users don't, and never will.

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Re: [Flashcoders] @#$% New iPhone Developer Agreemen t Bans the Use of Adobe¹s Flash-to-iPhone Compiler

2010-04-15 Thread Dave Watts
 Not that Apple necessarily is a monopoly, but they are talking like one.

The key is, they have to actually be one to be subject to meaningful
regulation on what they do here. There is no regulation against being
a dick, unless you are also a monopolist.

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Re: [Flashcoders] @#$% New iPhone Developer Agreemen t Bans the Use of Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone Compiler

2010-04-11 Thread Dave Watts
 A lot of outrage hass been expressed, but there has to be a why. Why?

Because it makes economic sense for Apple, and it hurts a company that
Steve Jobs doesn't care for right now.

If you don't allow cross-platform tools to work, developers have to
explicitly choose your platform. Right now, Apple has the market
advantage - lots of people have and want iPhones, iPads, etc. So
developers will choose to build for the Apple platform rather than
building for multiple platforms, giving the App Store a continuing
competitive advantage.

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Re: [Flashcoders] @#$% New iPhone Developer Agreemen t Bans the Use of Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone Compiler

2010-04-10 Thread Dave Watts
 But I wonder how much of this is based on the old MS vs Apple war - 
 calculated on the fact there's probably more C++ than
 ActionScript developers out there.

I don't really think that's the right comparison, though. AS3 is a lot
more like Java and C# than C++ is, actually. The core syntax is very
similar across all four of those languages, of course, but the way you
approach problems in AS3, Java and C# is different from how you
approach them in C++ in many ways - primarily because you don't manage
memory directly in the first three, I think.

Nowadays, there really aren't that many people working in C++ directly
in the enterprise. Java and C# are really the dominant enterprise
programming languages now.

 Apple has always been both a hardware *and* software giant despite its small 
 market share, unique. But they seem to be
 gambling that on a gambit that they can leverage their present advantage in 
 mobile market to finally be the king.

I don't even think it's really that. Apple doesn't need to be the
king, they just want to have complete control of their niche. If
their niche grows a bit in the consumer market, so much the better,
but Apple has always been about control over openness.

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