Archive for May, 2006

Apollo Team QA / QE Position

We just posted a new QE / QA job position for the Apollo team. From the job description:

You will join a small, highly motivated team developing a new cross-platform, cross-device application deployment and runtime environment. This new application platform will allow desktop and mobile applications to be built and deployed via familiar web technologies including Flash, HTML, and PDF. As a member of this high profile team, you will be responsible for ensuring the quality of the platform, with a primary focus on the design and implementation of automated testing frameworks and automated tests.

You can find more information by going to here, and searching for “ER010605”.

Flash Player 9 on Linux Info

Emmy Huang, Flash Player Product Manager, has posted some updated info on her weblog about Flash Player 9 for Linux.

In short, we are actively working on Flash Player 9 for Linux, and plan to have a pre-release version up on labs before the end of the year, with final bits targeted at early 2007.

Emmy also points out that one of the Flash Player engineers working on Linux has set up a weblog titled Penguin.SWF, where he will be discussing Flash Player on Linux.

You can read Emmy’s post here.
You can view Penguin.SWF here.

You can download Flash Player 9 beta 3 for Mac and Windows from here.

Poor Man’s Log File Parser

I often have to manually parse through web logs to quickly get the number of times something has been downloaded.

This is pretty simple on unix based OS’s (Linux, OS-X, etc…), except that I always forget the exact command (and always have to bug Christian to remind me how to do it).

So, I figured I would post the here in case anyone might find it useful (and so I can easily find them in the future):

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Tutorial : Ruby on Rails with Flex 2

Stuart Eccles of has posted a series of articles / tutorials showing how to get started with Flex 2 and Ruby on Rails.

You can view the articles here:

You can grab Flex 2 beta 3 from labs.

Example : Using ANT with COMPC to compile SWCs

Following up on my previous post on how to use compc to compile SWCs, here is an ANT build file that calls compc to compile a SWC:

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Quick Example : Using COMPC to compile SWCs

I have been using the mxmlc and compc compilers a bunch this week (mxmlc and compc are ActionScript 3 / Flex 2 command line compilers included with the Free Flex 2 SDK). Whenever I start to use a command line compiler it can take me a while to figure out all of the correct arguments I need to pass it, but once I figure it out, it is pretty simple to use, as I just reuse a lot of the same args.

I went through this process this week trying to compile a SWC (containing a Flex Component) with COMPC. I wanted to make a quick post showing how I compiled it, along with a quick explanation, with the hopes of providing a good baseline reference for anyone else who needs to do something similar in the future.

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FlashForward Podcasts

Woah! Just noticed that the FlashForward conference has been producing a podcast. It looks like they have done about 10 thus far, and most of them consist of Lynda Weinman talking with some of the top Flash developers and designers.

Interviews so far include:

  • Branden Hall
  • James Patterson
  • Robert Rheinhardt
  • Chapman Brotherrs of
  • Craig Swann

This is definitely one to keep an eye (ear?) on.

You can find more information on the podcasts, as well as how to subscribe to them on the FlashForward blog.

What new features / changes do you want for MXNA?

Well, it looks like we are finally going to do a new round of development on MXNA. We already have a long list of fixes and changes we are planning on doing (based on user feedback). We have some cool ideas, but before we get started, we want to hear from you.

So, what new features or changes to you want added to MXNA?

Post your requests in the comments.

Cnet on Apollo

CNet has posted a “High Impact” article about Apollo. It is based on an interview with Kevin Lynch, and discusses our goals around Apollo.

From the article:

Apollo is designed to give developers a way to create applications that can render Flash animations as well as HTML and Acrobat files (PDF). That approach preserves the benefits of the Web but allows room for programs that can’t be included now, Lynch said.

You can read the entire article here.

Podcast : May 10, 2006

I just posted this week’s podcast

Download Podcast for May 10, 2006

This weeks podcast discusses:

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