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Archive for September 2006

Flashcomm update, back soon.

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I just got the message below from Dave Watts from Figleaf that the Flashcomm list will soon be back online. Thanks!

Hi, everyone!

As you’ve noticed, the Flashcomm list is down. Unfortunately, the backups I have of the list configuration database are corrupt, as is the actual database. I will try to retrieve addresses from it – it’s a Python pickle file – but I don’t expect the list to be back up for several days, as I’m out of town for the remainder of the week.

I’m very sorry for the inconvenience. If you know other people on the Flashcomm list, please send this to them. Thanks!

Dave Watts, CTO, Fig Leaf Software


Written by ohwhen

September 6, 2006 at 8:24 pm

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Please stop the AJAX FUD and focus on the facts

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Since the release of Flex 2.0 and the usage terms like ‘Web 2.0’ and AJAX i’ve seen many posts comparing Flex and the Flash Platform and technologies like AJAX. What bothers me is that i’ve seen these posts increasingly turn into FUD. Respected bloggers like Ryan Stewart on ZDNet have their say on the new technologies fighting for the developers attention. But please, please, keep these postings to pure facts. No the ECMA committee did not put an incompetent specification out on October ( nor is it planning to ) and there are no new extensions to the Javascript programming model by the various browser vendors based on that hypothetical specification.

We’ve had these ignorant wars back here in Holland around 2004 when the term AJAX was still a football club in my hometown  and a company called BackBase was using a similar UI Dialect like Flex to sell their RIA Product. At that time, there was even a RIA seminar organized by Martijn de Visser at Lost Boys ( from FLV Player fame ) where both BackBase and Macromedia were present. The discussions there were useless and quickly turned into point-to-point comparison which most seasoned developers know is bollocks, there is simply a lot more then choosing a technology based on it’s feature-set.

So to whom all it may concert, please keep the discussion honest and useful. Tell people the advantages of Flex but also it’s disadvantages. Please do tell them that the Flash Platform excels when it comes to video and animation and even charting. Tell them about the plugin penetration. But also please tell them about it’s weaknesses, for instance the text handling. There are similar points made when it comes to AJAX. Not all websites benefit from a total makeover done in Flex. The incremental update with a focus on user interaction ( a gentle notice when a password is not strong enough like in Gmail, an in-page refresh for a newsletter signup ) is what makes it a great use of existing technologies.

If we keep the discussion honest and mature we all ( both us Flash and Flex developers and designers in our Adobe community as well as the bigger web development community ) benefit and can make the right and relevant choice.

Link: Apocalypse 2.0 – the day the web broke | The Universal Desktop | ZDNet.com.

Written by ohwhen

September 6, 2006 at 12:28 am

Posted in Web/Tech

O Flashcomm list, Where Art Thou?

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Earlier this month the Flashcomm list went into oblivion. I thought Chattyfig went down and didn’t pay much attention to it. It happened before and the people at Figleaf always managed to get it up and running very quickly. I still remember the email or posting from Branden Hall that he took a spare PC of his own to Figleaf Software, install Mailman and set up Flashcoders ( boy that seems like forever ago..1999? 2000? ).

While the Flashcommunity was raving about the 10 Year Flash microsite, i noticed it didn’t say a word about good ol’ Chattyfig and the excellent free service provided by Figleaf. I think that is a shame. Chattyfig and it’s service and existence is very much a part of Flash’s 10 year History and although we take it for granted ( and some of us have very strong opinions on the ‘signal to noise’ ratio over some of it’s mailinglists ) we easily forget how much we rely on it from time to time. There are hundreds of thousands of hits in Google’s index on questions and answers we posted on the mailinglists and it all makes up a very rich and excellent resource for both beginners and expert developers working on the Flash Platform.

I sent out two emails before to Dave Watts at Figleaf to ping what’s up with the Flashcomm list. I know there are less of us Flash Media Server developers but we appreciate the service and post our geeky questions about NetStreams and Webcams and Capture Cards in our little cozy corner of the Flash Community. So if anyone from Figleaf is listening, please bring back the Flashcomm list! My eternal gratitude to you guys 🙂

Link: Flashcomm error on Chattyfig.

Written by ohwhen

September 1, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Posted in Weblogs