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Now, that’s a bad use of Flash

Have a look at the sidebar of gBlog. It’s such a bad use of Flash. Sure, it looks neat with the rollovers, the “+ show more” and the tiny scrollbars, but it’s oh so stupid.

What do you do when presented with a list of links that all look interesting? You cmd-click (or whatever you do in Windows) them to open each one in its own tab or in a new window. Try. Didn’t work? Well, no surprise really, because the whole sidebar is a Flash application, which doesn’t work that way. So now you have to click the links, one by one, and each one will take you from the original site.

You open the links in tabs, you can’t copy the links and what’s more, the links are not visible to Google, there is no graceful degradation here.

I find that really, really stupid. Pity, because it’s not a bad blog otherwise.

SWFAddress: Back, reload and bookmarks in Flash

I gave you my home-grown solution on how to handle reload and bookmarks in Flash applications a few weeks back, and now its time to revise it. The reason is the newly released SWFAddress extension to SWFObject, which solves the same issues as my previous solution, but also handles the back button.

I don’t care very much for the example code given at the SWFAddress site, so I’m going to show you a proper object oriented solution for all your state handling needs.

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Holub on XML

XML is perhaps the worst programming language ever conceived.

As usual, Holub is right on the spot. He talks about the perversities XML is used for, in the name of “simplicity” or other lunacies. In this blog I have occationally noted the lack of understanding of what XML really is, and Allens article is on the same lines.

Read on for a link to the article and some more commentary.

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Free AS3 compiler

Great news, according to a blog post by Moock “Flex 2 SDK includes a free, command-line compiler that can generate .swf files from pure ActionScript classes.” I’ve suspected as much when I downloaded the compiler this summer, but the documentation didn’t really make it clear. So, lacking any conclusive statement from Adobe I take Moock as an authority on this.

Edit: I realise that this is old news… but read on for a couple of more references

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