May 28, 2004

flash player 7 for linux released

macromedia released flash player 7 for linux yesterday.

>> get flash player 7

Posted by moock at 04:42 PM

May 17, 2004

v3 b-line charting components released

chafic kazoun, sam neff, and folks the at b-line express have just released version 3.0 of their superb charting components. the new version is a complete re-write of the components, bringing them up to date with the latest flash mx 2004 v2 component framework.

>> product info
>> api reference
>> info on the new features

Posted by moock at 01:33 PM

May 07, 2004

component building with chafic kazoun

chafic kazoun has just published an article on ultrashock that explains some of the core concepts in the flash mx 2004 "v2" component architecture. if you've ever thought to yourself, "gee i'd like to build a component," then you should read chafic's new article:

also read his older article on v2 component development (actually you should probably read this one first):

honestly i just can't help but feel that creating a v2-based component is awkward and hacky. maybe it's just a necessary evil of developing sophisticated ui widgets in a frame-based tool that used to be used for animation, but i still wish the whole process was cleaner. makes me wonder if macromedia will introduce yaca ("yet another component architecture") in the next version of flash. hopefully if they did, it would be a refinement rather than a complete reimplementation. there's actually quite a lot of good stuff in the v2 architecture if you're prepared to weed through the awkward aspects...

Posted by moock at 12:00 PM

May 06, 2004

new lecture notes posted

the notes for my upcoming flash forward presentation about multiuser experiences are now posted here:

Posted by moock at 02:06 PM

May 05, 2004

flashbelt: new conference in the us midwest

flashbelt is a new flash conference for folks in the midwestern united states. the conference is a small one day affair held in minneapolis on june 24, 2004. confirmed speakers are:

laurence bricker
mike downey
robert reinhardt
snow dowd
craig swann
jeremy thorp

visit flashbelt website

good luck to dave schroeder, the conference director!

Posted by moock at 01:33 PM

May 03, 2004

ecma for xml

i didn't notice until recently but it looks like the ecma 4 spec will eventually include a new datatype: native xml. the extension to the spec is called "ECMA for XML" (E4X), and the syntax looks pretty attractive.

the latest version of bea's weblogic workshop implements E4X.

john schneider from the E4X working group has a nice overview of how it feels to use XML as a native datatype here:

neat stuff...

Posted by moock at 05:42 PM