Archive for April, 2005

MXNA 2.0 – Flash Remix

Tmeister has a slick Flash client for the recently-launched MXNA 2 news aggregator. Using a beta version of AMFPHP 1.0 and the MXNA 2 Web service API to drive the data, it’s a rather impressive remix of a new favorite… ;)

3D Box Model demo

Quickie link for those CSS neophytes still struggling with understanding box model properties- a nice Flash-based interactive demo by Douglas Livingstone showing how it all hangs together. Check out the other references too, esp. if you’re still pulling your hair out tweaking for IE. ;)
It’s especially handy at showing the stacking order of the properties, IMHO.

CSS Visualization

There’s been a lot of CSS discussions at TODCon, and in one particularly heated discussion we were talking over alternatives for visualizing and examining CSS layouts outside of trolling source code (my usual choice). So without further ado- here’s my three most indispensible CSS accessories…

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TODCon – day one, rewound

Wow- what a busy day. Yesterday’s sessions started off with a keynote by Popstick CEO Danny Kastner (also of the tv show ‘The Apprentice’). Danny and his guitar kicked off the festivities with a solid and highly entertaining presentation on the potential of rich media to enhance marketing campaigns. From there I spent most of my time in Molly Holzschlag’s CSS bootcamp sessions- a great soup-to-nuts series that I’d recommend highly to anyone still fighting box model hacks and IE. ;)

I did break from the CSS sessions to check out Danny Patterson’s Flash SOA (service-oriented architecture) talk- which was both chock full of good info on the topic as well as great back-forth interaction with the room – I even helped a fellow attendee squash a bug or two in her live application. Nothing like applied knowledge in a timely fashion, eh?

Tons of Team Macromedia members here at the conference everywhere you look. Although the sessions have been great so far, the hallway conversations have been priceless, sure wish you could round up this crew more often than once a year! And of course the con is being expertly run by TMM Ray West and the cadre of Community MX partners.

As you’d expect, last night’s post-session activities were a bit of a blur as is the custom here in Vegas- starting at sushi with a large group of speakers/attendees/sponsors, and ending up:

  • finally getting to meet Murray Summers in person (at last!)
  • getting down with the InterAKT crew on the dance floor at the Excalibur (I have pictures- terms negotiable!)
  • almost losing my shirt at the blackjack table with Christian Cantrell- then somehow pulling back to break-even (phew)
  • searching for karaoke with all the former folks, Stephanie Sullivan, Molly Holzschlag and Robert Hoekman, Jr… to no avail!
  • sharing really bad pictures of ourselves from times past
  • closing down the Big Apple – with all of the abovementioned troublemakers – and somehow making it back to my room before dawn.. ;-)

Today’s sessions are jam-packed with a variety of topics and subjects- I’ll be room-hopping today as there’s a lot in all three tracks I want to catch- but time’s a wasting and I overslept a bit for obvious reasons.
More later…

TODCon ’05 Next Week

I’m headed to TODCon in Vegas next week for three days of community immersion – a great conference for nurturing your inner geek. It’ll be great to hang out with the Community MX folks again, too- if you’re planning to go, please drop a comment here or track me down at the show- tall dark-haired guy with a red Flash messenger bag- setting off geiger counters and airport scanners with all the devices spirited away on my person.

(PSP network games supported on location next week will be Wipeout, Lumines and Untold Legends…) ;)