Archive for January, 2004

Understanding Central

Jesse Warden has a great post on his thoughts about Central. One of the things he brings up is that he has had trouble explaining the benefits of Central, but once he built an app or two, he just got it.

I have heard this quite a few times (and experienced it myself when I started with Central). Of course, as more features are added to Central, this should be less of a problem. So, i am curious, if you are doing stuff with Central now, what helped you “get it” (i.e. understand it)? If you are not doing Central development right now, what would make you want to?

ActionScript 2.0 Resources

Here are some good resources for getting started with ActionScript 2.0

Post any more resources in the comments.

Spam Attacks? Here is my blacklist

I noticed that a lot of weblogs in the community are getting spammed today. I went through the same attack about a week ago (1200 spams in 24 hours). I use MT-Blacklist to protect against spam and it works pretty well.

So, in order to help everyone getting spammed today, I am publishing my weblog’s black list. If you are using MT Blacklist, you can add them to your system in the MT Blacklist admin.

This list will automatically be updated as I add new URLs to it. Also, it is possible that there are some false positives in the list. If so, just let me know about them, and I will check them out.

One note, the current version of MT Blacklist does not work with the latest version of Movable Type (2.66). A new version of MT Blacklist should be out soon that fixes the issues.

Regular Expression and mDialog Component Articles at DevNet Center

We have posted some new articles on the Macromedia Central DevNet Center.

The articles are:

Check them out. If you have any suggestions for future articles, post them in the comments section.

Ted Patrick’s Icon Professional

Ted Patrick has been posting some icon’s created with his Central based Icon Pro application (currently in Alpha). Pretty cool stuff. I just realized that he has also developed a format for saving the icons as ACSII.

Anyways, pretty cool stuff. You can check out the alpha of Icon Professional and Icon Explorer here.

More File System Access for Central Input Needed

Thanks to everyone who provided their feedback in an earlier post on File system access within Macromedia Central. It was very useful.

We would like some additional input. Specifically, what type of things would you like to do if you had file system access? i.e. how would your application use file system access within Macromedia Central?

A good example might be : I would allow users to upload reports from the Central application to the server (to be shared with other users).

Place your suggestions / thoughts in the comments.

Latest Central Community Happenings

Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days. I have been pretty swamped working on a couple of items at work.

There has been a lot of stuff going on over the past couple of days, so I am going to try to catch up in one big post.

Derek Stottlemyer has posted a beta version of his TabSMART Central application which helps teach how to play the guitar.

Ted Patrick has released a beta version of some really cool apps that allow you to make and share icons for Flash applications. You can find more information on Icon Pro and Icon Explorer here.

Ted also posted his thoughts on Central development.

I guess until you write an application, it is hard to see value in Central. I struggled with this on the Central Beta but I now think I get it. Central is about deployment, Central is a platform.

You can read the entire post here.

Vera Fleischer updated her excellent Central sample app and code to include support for notices and Blast.

Daemonite has posted a couple of tips on developing for Central, including this tip on Central DataGrid enhancements and this tip on using Screens in Central applications.

Wow. Lots of stuff going on.

App Ideas for DRK 6?

Josh Dura has made a post asking what type of apps / content do developers want to see on DRK 6.

Head over to Josh’s weblog and post your suggestions.

Central Example App and Code

Vera Fleischer has posted some simple sample code that shows a basic Central application. Among other things, it demonstrates how to create a pod, agent and application, how to use LCService to manage communications, how to manage pods, and how to Blast data between applications.

This is a very good example providing all of the basics of a Central application.

You can view the post, and download the code here.

Flash MX 2004 Help Survey

The Flash Team is doing a survey looking for feedback on how developers use the help system in Flash MX 2004.

You can take the survey here.