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Flash Void();

2006-07-31 06:06:21.458392+00 by meuon 5 comments

Being the only programmer geek for my #1 geek gig has led me through some interesting wastelands: Java, JavaScript, AICC and now Flash. I really wanted to sub-this out, or at least pay to watch a flash geek do this as the Flash Pro 8 GUI is a mystical icon mode triggered minefield. Deadline Monday (about 8 hours from now.. at's 2am local) and I think I have the basics figured out. It ain't pretty, but my very first flash application is live and ready for a few hours of digital self-graphication to make it look pretty.

My First Flash Game, from scratch, after beating ny head against the wall until the light shone in.

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-31 11:22:41.142146+00 by: meuon

Flutterby's too smart to let me embed it here.. :)

#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-31 13:35:58.969055+00 by: other_todd

I read this to my wife, who does Flash heavily, because I have complained the same thing MANY times - I gave up on Flash, it baffles me. Here is the thing (and I paraphrase her in this reply): Flash is not for programmers. Yes, you can ActionScript heavily and get something that looks like programming, but that is neither its core paradigm nor its core audience. It is actually meant for people with a completely different mindset - people who are more like visual designers or animators and not programmers.

To which I say Bah and just avoid the thing whenever possible.

Besides, even its greatest zealots admit that it's still an ungodly mess to use in certain aspects.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-31 14:06:55.974338+00 by: Dan Lyke

Flutterby doesn't let embeds happen. Too many readers still use IE for me to open up security holes like that directly.

Looks good! When I first saw you mention that on the Chugalug list I thought "why isn't he doing that in JavaScript?", but it appears to have come out okay.

It does, however, need some sort of dancing cats animation when you finally get 'em all right!

#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-31 16:31:39.306437+00 by: meuon

Answer: A lot of our corporate clients are disabling completely or limiting the amount of JavaScript they allow.. We have a BAD JavaScript version of this.. it breaks badly with various 'help protect the user' things including Yahoo and Google toolbars.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-08-02 13:09:11.161805+00 by: meuon

Dan: No dancing cats... but the final version(s) of the game are done and working in the system... and look much better.