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The Bitter Taste of Tamarin or Launch of the JavaScript Wars?

September 30th, 2008 by enefekt

I’ve been trying to at the very least write one post a month, so I’m going to sneak my September in here.

I always thought the Tamarin project was a nice example of an open-source move by Adobe. The JS-Harmony project definitely threw some cold water on some idealistic visions.

This Reg article apparently cites some bitterness at least for one person at Adobe regarding the fruitions of the open source contributions.

I’ll tell you what I think, that Adobe’s contribution helped stoke the JavaScript wars we’re seeing right now. And no matter how much Tamarin is sliced and diced, I think many will benefit from it.

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Core SWF: Flex/AS3 for Xcode

July 28th, 2008 by enefekt

Since Xcode 3 has come out I’ve been tinkering with different ways to keep development with Flex and ActionScript 3 working decent for my day-to-day work.

In order to keep this stuff updated better and available for others to use, and hopefully help improve, I’ve created a Google Code project named Core SWF.

Right now this doesn’t have a whole ton of stuff, but it does have:

  • Updated ActionScript and MXML language spec files (Including AS in MXML script blocks)
  • A basic ActionScript 3 project template (Integrated with the Flex 3 SDK Ant tasks)

Gradually I’ll be adding more advanced project templates.

This is all updated to work with Xcode 3.1 as well.

You can download the very first 0.1 release on the project site.

Ping me for SVN access if you want to help add or improve some stuff. enefekt at that Google email service.

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Flex on Mixx

June 26th, 2008 by enefekt

There are so many online communities out there already, but I was curious when Mixx debuted their “Communities”.
Figured I would create a community just for Flex. I don’t know if there is enough value in a mini Digg-like community just for Flex developers and designers, but I guess we can find out … introducing:

It is open registration for members, so if you think it might be cool, join up!

Filed under ActionScript, Adobe, Flex having Comments Off

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Updated Flash Player Security Gotcha

June 5th, 2008 by enefekt

Just got done spending my afternoon tracking this one down. Had a Flash app on one domain, calling some web services from another.

The crossdomain.xml policy file worked perfectly fine up until (Which BTW gets automatically installed with the Mac OS 10.5.3 update), then stopped working.

Started getting the:

Request for resource at (url) by requestor from (url) is denied due to lack of policy file permissions.

Set up the policy logging, and found out the WSDLs were being loaded just fine, but everything failed when it came to actually calling a service.

Pored over the security article on Adobe’s site. Couldn’t find anything.
Finally ended up stumbling on this TechNote, which solved the problem for me.
After finding the problem, also saw the section in the Flash Player 9 Security PDF.

What was needed?


Needed to allow the SOAP headers.

Hopefully this might help someone else.

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Flash Player on 3G iPhone?

June 5th, 2008 by enefekt

Here we go again. Via MacRumors, Apple has filed a patent application that seems to cover some of the rumored features for the next 3G iPhone on the 2.0 software.

The interesting bit is what the application says about our very own beloved Flash Player:

“In some embodiments, the content can be played with a QuickTime, Windows Media, or Flash plugin”

So will this be in the distant future, or on Monday? :)

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Flex/ActionScript Developer Wanted – UW Madison

April 23rd, 2008 by enefekt

What do fried cheese curds, spotted cows, and developing simulations, games, and educational applications in Flex have in common? Madison, WI baby!

If you are interested in working with the educational and academic community in Madison for the University of Wisconsin, and have strong skills and background with client-side development with a focus on Flex and ActionScript, then apply right now!

View the job description and apply!

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New YouTube APIs Released!

March 12th, 2008 by enefekt

Issue 82 has finally been closed. We now have new YouTube APIs. What’s really cool is the new Player API, which includes:

  • Ability to control playback and access current state of media, and receive notification of important events.
  • API accessible from both JavaScript and Flash (ActionScript 2)
  • New chromeless player to implement your own controls and skin!

Authentication, uploading and internationalized feeds are also a part of this release!

Update: Watch the video in the announcement post, and you’ll see that Geoff Stearns (OG SWFObject guy) was one of the guys who worked on this. Congrats Geoff!

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WaSP Adobe Task Force

March 11th, 2008 by enefekt

The Adobe Task Force will collaborate with Adobe on all of the company’s products that output code or content to the Web, and will continue to advocate compliance with Web Standards and accessibility guidelines by those who use Adobe’s products to design and build Web sites and applications.

Blog post

Press Release

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New YouTube Players from SWFObject Founder

February 25th, 2008 by enefekt

Geoff Stearns must be really busy, he’s just come up for some air to let us know how 2008 has been going. What fell out of that post as really cool news to me is that he’s working on virtually brand new YouTube video players. These have to rock, and I’m looking forward to them!

Wonder if they’re related to this YouTube Player GData issue on a player API? What, you haven’t seen that issue? Which means you haven’t voted for it, so go there, log-in with your gmail address, and vote for it!!

After logging in just click on the star in the upper left corner next to the issue number to vote for it.

Filed under ActionScript, Flash Player, Video, YouTube having Comments Off

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HTML 5 in 15 Years?

December 10th, 2007 by enefekt

Reading over the article on ALA previewing HTML 5, there is a lot of cool stuff. The video and audio tags, and the new structure elements are all great. That last part stung a little bit though:

Work on HTML 5 is rapidly progressing, yet it is still expected to continue for several years. Due to the requirement to produce test cases and achieve interoperable implementations, current estimates have work finishing in around ten to fifteen years.

Hold up. Now, I’m sure that “work finishing” and being able to use it in more than one browser have to be two completely different things.(Hopefully!) But thats a long time!

Just as a head check in case there are folks looking to develop advanced RIAs right now. The Flash Player get’s over 90% penetration after just about a year. That means, Flash Player 9, along with Flex and ActionScript 3 apps incorporating video and audio, have a runtime penetration rate of over 90% right now. And in at the most one year, over 90% of clients will have the capability to playback H.264 video. That includes Linux, Windows, and Mac.

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