Well, I’ve been a little out of the loop for the past week or so. I’m ‘on holiday’ at home until the end of this week with my ‘family’. :)
However; this morning after feeding the milk monster I found some time to browse some blogs and do a little catching up. I happened across a couple of nice items which I present here for you to peruse.
Processing is a programming language designed for the electronic arts and visual design communities. It seems that you can pretty much use it for whatever you want and there are some great examples on the Processing site of just what can be done with it. I’m sure this would interest many Flash developers as the programming fundamentals sound pretty similar.
Mike Chambers has put together a nice standalone Flash Application for displaying the most recent posts to the Macromedia XML News Aggregator. It’s called MXNA Feed Scroller (catchy!) and uses the MXNA web service API to populate itself. You can download the source code and tinker with it to your hearts content. Nice work!
Right, better go. I think I can hear the milk monster waking.
So, I finally got round to having a look at the Data components in Macromedia Flash MX 2004. I decided that a good place to start would be to create a small application for browsing the RSS feed of this very site.
I quickly came across a sample application on the Macromedia site and took to deconstructing and re-assembling the code. Once I’d got my head round the concept of binding XML nodes (Is that the right terminology?) to fields or instances it quickly began to make sense.
Well, now that I have a better understanding of how I can use XML together with Flash maybe I can think about applying these skills to some future commercial projects.
Update: Anyone know how I can ‘format’ the excerpt field to render out links and HTML chars correctly??? I’m guessing I need to attach a stylesheet in some way…?
Update: I think I’ve sussed the HTML chars issue and have implimented some simple styling of “a” tags within the excerpt field. Neat. :)
Rubberduckï¿½s new version of its rich client desktop application production software enables Macromedia Flash developers to leverage their skills from the browser to the client desktop.
ï¿½Screenweaver MX extends the traditional Flash capabilities by acting as a bridge between Flash and the operating systemï¿½ says Martijn de Visser co-founder of Rubberduck. ï¿½It provides Flash developers with a toolset to create rich client desktop applications without having to acquire new skillsï¿½.
Screenweaver MX is available immediately on the Windows platform. A fully functional trial version is available for download at www.screenweavermx.com.