Flash and Flex Developer Hourly Rates at HotGigs

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.

Using D.eval for Actionscript Evaluation in Flash CS3

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!

Convenient Flash/Flex Docs with ASDoc and a Batch File

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.

Getting Visible Bounds in Actionscript 3.0

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.

NPObject Error Using Firefox, Flash, and Javascript

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.

Quickly Visualizing Mouse Movement Distance in Excel

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.

Use Excel to Quickly Visualize Debug Output

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.

Word Tools for Naming Your Business, Product, or Website

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.

What Do You Do With Your Old Ideas?

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.

See Your Facebook Friends' Musical Tastes

Another graph visualization using Facebook data. This time you can explore your friends' musical tastes.

Facebook Constellation

A screenshot of the Facebook music visualization in action. Go ahead and explore your friends' tastes in music.