HTML5 and the Flash Platform – A Call for Sanity

A strange thing has been happening over the past year or so. It has become quite fashionable amoung open source advocates, social media “experts”, and HTML5 zealots to talk down Flash with every breath… Well, that was the start of an article I’ve been writing for the past three weeks or so. It was a difficult article to write and I’ve been stuck on more than one occasion – causing some frustration for me. There’s no need for me to do so now as similar thoughts have been expressed elsewhere with more grace than I would have allowed and a

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What’s Your Mobile Strategy?

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak to a media distribution vendor who posed the question “Does your University have a mobile strategy?” Absolutely we do- at least my group of developers does. We’ve had the same strategy for a number of years now and that strategy is to hold and observe. This strategy will be modified slightly with the advent of Flash Player 10.1 for mobile devices next year to one of active, holistic, cross-platform development. The vendor in question was visiting to inform us of their specialized video capture and delivery solution. This solution is heavily

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Flex Builder “Gumbo” Renamed to Flash Builder

The obvious reason being that Flash is the overarching platform with many tools, IDEs, runtimes, et cetera and Flex is a framework used to produce Flash content. Flex Builder has always produced Flash (NOT FLEX) and I’ve encountered many people who just never could grasp this fact. This will help clarify things for so many people. Unfortunately, there will probably be a pretty big backlash from some sides as well. Ted Patrick (@adobeted) announced the change over Twitter this evening. There’s a lively conversation going on now: Join in! UPDATE: Read an official statement from Lee Brimelow or Serge Jespers

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Google Analytics for Flash (gaforflash)

For some time now, I’ve been using Google Analytics for various personal websites including this weblog. Recently though, we’ve begun using it at my place of employment and have received a request to track user generated events from a live Flash Media Server stream. After poking around a bit and coming upon numerous dead ends, I was lucky enough to stumble upon Google Analytics for Flash (gaforflash). Not only can you pass in “page views” to be reported just like HTML, but you can also craft custom events in a very customizable format: trackEvent( FMS, Seek, rtmp://localhost/vod/mp4:test.m4v, 60 ) trackEvent(

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ActionScript 3.0 Client Library for Facebook Platform API

Nice. Adobe has apparently been working closely with Facebook and Jason Crist (original API dev.) to get a nice, solid API for Facebook apps ready for the Flash Platform. As a Flash Platform developer and Facebook user, this is nothing but good news. Very timely, too – as my department is looking to expand into the social media space. I look forward to integrating this into my day-to-day work and our overall codebase! http://www.adobe.com/devnet/facebook/

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