Flash as a Tool for Web Application Development

There is a good article worth reading at Win Writers about Flash being widely used and accepted as a Tool for Web Application Development.
“Despite the slowed economy and IT cutbacks, the drive toward web-based applications continues to have enormous momentum. The software industry, in general, is lured by the Web’s ubiquitous connectivity. IT departments are enamored with the potential for controlling deployment costs. The set of standards developed by the World Wide Consortium (W3C) has certainly changed the software landscape in a very short time.”
Click here to read the article.

Escape Character

I was using escape character for dynamic text field for some of my contents for a project and instead of looking around for characters and their escaped character values, I just did a simple thing using flash itself, check it out yourself and if you like it, click here to view it online, or download just the .swf format / zip format, a windows projector format or a Mac projector format. Some features like minimize and close may not work on all platform while the real functionality still works, the minimize and close functions are for windows projector only. And don’t blame for the size of the project, they are heavy as they are projectors, Windows projector is about 1 MB and the Mac projector is about 1.5 MB, windows projector was done using Flash Studio Pro 1.74.

A good designer needed

A Mumbai based company, working autonomously for a Kansas city HealthCare solution Provider, is looking out for a Good Designer for the expansion of their team. The prospective candidate should be highly proficient in Adobe Photoshop 6.0 or above, Macromedia Dreamweaver 4.0 or above and Macromedia Flash 5.0 or above. Knowledge of Server Side script/database would be an added advantage.

The payscale is a competitive pay scale and you will not regret joining the company. You will be required to design and co-ordinate the same with html/asp/css/javascript, you will also get opportunities to work on Pocket PC Devices if you have the required skillset, which is not necessary though would be useful if you are willing to venture into.

Their development work is 100% software export to the United States. Send in your resume and portfolio as a comment link to this blog or as an e-mail to me. Remember that your minimum years of experience should be 2 years and residing (or should be able to shift at his/her own cost) to Mumbai (INDIA).

Flashcomm

Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX
Have a look at the companion website for “Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX” book, it would be worth visiting this site if you are developing something related to the new hot technology from Macromedia. You may also buy the book from amazon.

Flash MX Actionscripting Contest

Eric.net is running an interesting contest.
Prizes includes (seems more prizes to be added)
Macromedia: DRK 1 and DRK 2.
Sorenson: Sorenson Squeeze for Windows.
McGraw Hlll Publishing: 8 copies of Robert Penner’s Actionscripting in Flash MX.
Mike Chambers: 1 copy of Flashenabled (book) autographed by 1/2 the authors.
Manitu Group: 3 copies of it’s Action Script Viewer (Windows).
Eyeland Studios: 3 memberships to Flash Foundry.

Comments : bad code

“Comments are a sign of bad code in two ways. First of all, you add them to code that isn’t clear without them. Good comments are comments that add clarity to code that isn’t clear or isn’t sufficiently clear without them. There’s no point in belaboring the obvious or having a comment that fails to explain the nonobvious. Now imagine taking a good comment and removing it. You are now left with code that is bad, or at least not as good as it could be. In that limited sense, comments are a sign of bad code.”
Read the details …

Hmmm, I forgot to mention that I saw that while I was reading Model-View-Controller article, scroll down the page if you are there to see more related links.

TextPad syntax file for ASMX

Textpad is my favorite Text Editor so far, and I use it as the external editor for ActionScript. I was happy to see Chak at the Macromedia Seminar here in Mumbai, India, using the same.

Update: I have removed the syntax file for ActionScript as it is no longer relevant. Please download the latest ActionSctipt syntax file from the Syntax Definition page of Textpad.