macromedia has posted chapter 12 of essential actionscript 2.0 in tandem with the official release of the book today. chapter 12 discusses how to use v2 components in an object-oriented actionscript 2.0 application. in particular, it explains the various approaches one can take to handling v2 component events.
in anticipation of tomorrow's launch of "essential actionscript 2.0", i just posted the example files for the book.
I'm very happy to introduce a brand new unity service provider (USP): Uconnected. according to the Uconnected press release, their servers are "situated at the centre of the uk network, optimised to deliver your interactive application reliably and rapidly across europe and the web." congratulations to the Uconnected team! it's great to have a USP dedicated to the European community.
here are a few flash dev. job openings that have been brought to my attention recently:
"zinc Roe is looking for a creative geeky generalist to work with us on a number of flash-based projects. Core skills are flash design, production and ActionScript programming. Candidates must have strong hands-on photoshop and css skills.
Our team is made up of programmers who like to design and designers who like to program. Candidates must have a strong appreciation for the creative and the technical. Consideration will be given to candidates who can bring 'associated' skills such as game design, fluency in french, illustration, typography, teaching, etc.
zinc Roe is a small (but mighty) design and development firm specializing in flash-based games and educational activities for kids. Our client list includes: Canada Council for the Arts, Family Channel, Teletoon, TVO, CBC, and Noggin. We have also worked with agencies such as WDDG, Ninedots/Henderson Bas, and Diesel Marketing.
We are looking for someone competent, professional and self-motivated who can tell good work from sloppy, can get stuff done and are not afraid to dive into something new. This is a 3 month contract position starting early/mid July with the possibility of leading to a f/t position.
Please send a resumé which includes URL of past projects (and your role in said projects) to email@example.com. No phone calls."
wefail is at it again...set aside an hour and
too fuckin sweet
macromedia has updated the flash remoting components. the new components can be used in flash mx 2004 when publishing to actionscript 2.0 format. they include improved documentation and a revised api. steven webster of iteration::two has an interesting article on the new api here.
"FlashEurope" is a new flash conference is planned for barcelona. not much info available yet, but it's something to keep an eye on if you live in europe. looks like they're still accepting speaker proposals.
recently i had a List component being updated periodically from an external data source. the entire item set for the List was supplied at each update (inefficient, i know, but that's how it worked). however, replacing the List contents entirely was wiping out the current user selection in the list. very annoying. so i created a function to consolidate the new item set with the list's existing data provider. i figure someone else might need a similar function, so i posted it as a technote.
here are a couple of flash pieces i've liked recently:
an interactive tale by H. Hoogerbrugge. thoughtful, creative, interesting, lovely.
(thanks to eric liphardt for the link)