Archive for June, 2003

RSS Creation Alternative to RSSify

If you were using the RSSify service (not to be confused with RSSify on DRK 3) to generate your RSS feed for your site, you have probably noticed that it is no longer working.

Navneet points out a similar service at Blogstreet, which will allow you to once again begin publishing RSS feeds.

You can find more info here.

If you do change the URL to your feed, make sure to submit the change to mxna@macromedia.com in order to ensure that MXNA continues to aggregate it.

[via onClipEvent via MXNA]

New Content at DevNet Center

We have just published some new articles and resources at the Macromedia DevNet Center. Some of the highlights include:

You can visit the DevNet Center here.

Detecting misspelled variable names in ActionScript

One of the big hassles of developing with ActionScript is that when trying to access properties and functions that do not exist, the Flash IDE does not throw an error. This can make it very difficult to debug code that is not working due to something as simple as a misspelled variable name.

Below is some simple code that shows how to trace errors when your code tries to access properties / functions that do not exist.

Continue reading…

Macromedia and RSS

You may have noticed that over the past year we have really begun to leverage RSS through weblogs, content on the DevNet Resource Kits and the Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA). This string of resources and projects utilizing and focusing on RSS has not been a coincidence, but rather the product of the realization of the power of RSS. This realization began over a year ago when we began publishing weblogs. Initially, we saw weblogs primarily as a way to quickly publish news, information and content (i.e. a better way to communicate with our communities). However, I believe that the real power of weblogs is not that they allow you to easily publish content, but rather that they make it so simple to syndicate that content (via RSS). You can see some of the power of that syndication through the multitude of Macromedia community focused RSS aggregates, including MXNA, Flog, Flogspot and Goog.

RSS has become a universal format for communicating all sorts of information and data. In fact, in some of our projects, we actually abstract away all data access and sources from the program, by first transforming everything into RSS. This makes it very simple to create projects that can utilize data from virtually any source. If we want to add a new source, we just write a quick plugin that transforms the source into RSS.

core project <–RSS– data plugin data source

This is a simple example, but I think it demonstrates the real power of RSS.

So, I wanted to take a quick inventory of the projects and resources that Macromedia has worked on over the past year that take advantage of RSS.

Of course, you can expect us to continue to take advantage of the format. There is a ton of additional useful content on Macromedia.com that could be syndicated via RSS (technotes, exchange items, etc…). I also don’t think it would be too far of a leap to expect future DRKs, and products such as Central to take advantage of and utilize RSS.

So, what RSS content, feeds, tool would you like to see from Macromedia? Post your suggestions in the comments section.

Find the answer to your Flash question

Have a question about Flash or ActionScript? Below are some places you should check before you post the question on forums or mailing lists. Chances are someone has already answered your question.

You can also check out John Dowdell’s article which has some more information on searching for information.

Describe your dream ActionScript Editor

What is your dream ActionScript editor? What features would it have? Do you use Flash’s ActionScript editor or an external one? If you use an external one, which one do you use and why?

Post your replies in the comments section. Make sure to post URLs to the editors if you have them so everyone can check them out.