Too Many Options

So, I have a fairly large-scale flash application that I want to build.

In fact, it’s the whole reason I’ve been learning all this web application development stuff. It’s the reason I stopped freelancing as BoyBlack over a year ago, and took on a fulltime job at Hello Computer – so that I could get paid to implement all the research I’ve been doing, in a realistic fashion, one manageable project at a time. It’s also the reason why I recently negotiated to reduce my working hours to two days a week – so that I can start building the next version of my application.

But now that I’m ready to sit down and build this thing I’m faced with a couple of tough decisions:

  • IDE: FDT or Flex Builder?
  • PHP Framework: CodeIgniter or Zend Framework?
  • Remoting: AMFPHP or WebOrb? Or just go JSON

At least I’m settled on using PureMVC as my Flash Framework (whether I decide to use Flex or not is another matter entirely!), and jQuery as my JavaScript library. Continue reading

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AS3 Must Read

Go Mr Moock! Anyone who works with Flash should read these asap:

ActionScript 3.0: Is It Hard or Not?
The Charges Against ActionScript 3.0

And keep this list handy:

http://www.moock.org/blog/archives/000279.html

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Cognitive Surplus

Came across a post on Kieth Peters’ blog called “Where do we find the time?” that linked to this clip. Well worth watching:

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Great PureMVC Tutorial

I just finished going through this tutorial by Dave Keen – an Action Script developer from the UK. I think it makes for a great introduction to PureMVC.

PureMVC Tutorial – Flex, PureMVC, Jabber and XIFF 3: Introduction:
http://www.actionscriptdeveloper.co.uk/puremvc-tutorial-flex-puremvc-jabber-and-xiff-3-introduction/

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Invert Your Display in OSX

Sweet. Just what I always wanted – the ability to invert my display with the touch of a button:

Control-Option-Command-8

Perfect for late night coding sessions!

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Adobe Is Making Some Noise Part – hmm

http://www.kaourantin.net/2008/05/adobe-is-making-some-noise-part-1.html
http://www.kaourantin.net/2008/05/adobe-is-making-some-noise-part-2.html
http://www.kaourantin.net/2008/05/adobe-is-making-some-noise-part-3.html

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PureMVC Framework for haXe

Oh yeh! That’s what I’m talking about! Check it out:

http://puremvc.org/content/view/68/1/

http://trac.puremvc.org/PureMVC_Haxe

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Earthcote – More PureMVC fun

Another PureMVC based AS3 site up. Check out the deep-linking. I think I might have gone a step too far!

Earthcote

www.earthcote.co.za

UPDATE: SWFAddress and FireFox 3 on Mac OS X Bug – I’m aware of the nasty white-flash bug with the site, but don’t have access to the source at the moment to fix it.

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FlashDevelop3 Beta7 Out NOW!

Get it now!

http://www.flashdevelop.org/community/viewforum.php?f=11

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Vote For Better Sound in Flash

Besides setting up this site: www.make-some-noise.info , to bring attention to the shortcomings of audio handling in Flash, Andre Michelle has logged an official bug report in the public Adobe Bug Tracking system. Please vote for this issue here:

http://bugs.adobe.com/jira/browse/ASC-3298

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