I remember scouring the internet for information about what other Flash developers were charging for their work sometime last year. The only information available was in the forums and it varied wildly. Some people were charging $20/hour and others upwards of $120.
In 2008, things are a lot easier.
I was using the Hurlant AS3 eval library in Flex with no problems but when I tried to use it in Flash I couldn't get it to compile. After prodding the internet a bit more I've found a way to get eval for AS3 working in Flash!
Ages ago I did a quick comparison of some Actionscript documentation generators and found good tools but nothing that fit my needs perfectly. Finally, the search is over.
In Actionscript 3.0 the
getBounds() method will include invisible display objects in its calculations. I had a situation where I didn't want this and frankly, was a bit surprised that invisible objects were included in the calculation at all.
Solution source code after the break.
The Flash security sandbox has been around for a while so you'd think we'd seen all the errors. When firefox started reporting an "error calling method on NPObject," I was surprised to find Google didn't drop the answer at my feet. No, this took a bit more exploring to figure out.
In my last post I talked about using Excel to visualize debug output. As another example, here's a short program for tracking the distance that the mouse has traveled.
In programming projects you sometimes need a quick line graph to see what's going with, say, a physics simulation. Instead of implementing the chart in your app, here's a quick way to view it using Excel.
Choosing a domain name is important but it's also pretty difficult since so many of them are registered already. I'm surprised there aren't more tools to help companies come up with the name they're gonna be stuck with for years to come.
Brain crack. According to video-blogging comedian Ze Frank, we get addicted to brain crack when we hoard a brilliant idea that's going to change everybody's lives and make us rich and famous. At least, that's how we see it in our minds.