Simple AS3 Slideshow Widget: Part 1

This is a simple example of how to build a dynamic slideshow widget in Flash using ActionScript 3.0 such as the one seen here. The first thing you’ll need to do is set up an FLA with the properties you’d like to exhibit. Stage resolution is set to 500×300 with a black background. This will vary depending on the size of your generated images. Be sure that your FLA is set to use ActionScript 3.0 and declare your document class, in this case “SlideShow”. Let’s set up a PHP file to read from the directory of our choosing and return

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Aptana, Eclipse Europa, and AIR

I fist tried Eclipse as a web development IDE a little over one year ago. At the time, I had mostly just stuck with Dreamweaver for all of my general web/PHP/ColdFusion needs. I had heard that the new version of Flex Builder was being built on Eclipse and figured to give it a shot. I was severely disappointed initially- the IDE was slow, clunky, and configuration was a nightmare. Performing a quick uninstall and returning to Dreamweaver took all of 30 minutes. I tried installing again from time to time, but things were always the same. When JRE 6 was

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Google Gears and Apollo… and Tubes?

Since reading this announcement on the Google Gears API Blog last evening, I’ve been wondering to myself (from time-to-time) how this would/could/will apply to the Apollo runtime. Apollo’s integrated web engine is WebKit which is the same engine the Safari browser runs on… but Safari is not supported by the Gears API as of yet. Though as stated on the Gears site- it will be. It is mentioned in that same announcement that Adobe is one of the “industry partners” working with Google on this project. I can only imagine that there will be some base shared technology between Google

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Scalenine Appreciation

I’ve been aware of scalenine for some time now but haven’t had the chance to really look into the resources provided there until recently. I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to download these themes, pull them apart, and learn from example how to go about authoring a total customization of the Flex interface elements. Customization through CSS is so much nicer than applying attributes to the UI elements themselves. Much cleaner! I’ve gone into my first little Flex widget to customize the design with what I’ve taken away from this experience and I’m very pleased. I’m only mucking around with

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Destruction, Resurrection, and a New Design

At times I get the feeling that life would be simpler if I were to just totally remove all references of myself from the internet. This is, of course, pointless… once you have as much material out there as I do over the number of years I’ve been active within these “tubes”, it’s really impossible to wipe every trace of yourself from existence. But this does not mean that I do not long for it at times. I sometimes get in a real mood and want to “remove myself” for lack of a better term. Yesterday I totally wiped this

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