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Why Google isn’t indexing dynamic content (yet)

In an interview with Lee Brimelow, the Senior Product Manager for Flash Player, Justin Everett-Church clears up some of the questions surrounding Adobe and Google’s new SWF indexing capabilities:

Flash Player does not actually implement the network API, we actually hand that off to our host, so in the case of a browser the browser will make a network request and that’s what adds cookies. A similar process is happening on the search server, where we will actually say “well, I need this XML file or I need this other SWF” and it’s up to the Google host application to return that content. My understanding right now is that that part of it has not been implemented by Google even though our search player allow that capability.

TheFlashBlog: Flash Player FAQs Video with Justin Everett-Church (the quote is at 8:20), emphasis mine.

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MXMLC WTF (8): Keys can be of any type as long as it’s String

Have you ever tried looping over all the keys in a Dictionary? The whole point of the Dictionary class is that you can have objects of any type as keys, unfortunately someone forgot to tell the ActionScript compiler that:

var dict : Dictionary = ...;

for ( var k : MySpecialType in dict ) { trace(k, dict[k]); }

Error: Implicit coercion of a value of type String to an unrelated type


The Red Herring revisited

Google has been indexing SWF:s using their new techniques for a couple of weeks now, and it should be possible to see what it really means. I was very critical in my last post on the subject, and some of the things I have been proven wrong about, but it seems that so far I have been mostly right, nothing has really changed.

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The pain of installing Adobe software

Today I needed to install Adobe Acrobat, which I’ve so far avoided to install because of its bloated size, slowness and general suckiness. Unfortunately, I really needed it. After searching my drawers for the CS3 install DVD, I pushed it into my computer and though that I’d managed the hard part. Now it should just be a matter of selecting Acrobat and hitting install. Yeah right.

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Switch off SwitchBoard

SwitchBoard doing absolutely nothing

When Adobe SwitchBoard was announced the other week I was intrigued. It sounded like something I had been wishing for for a while: a better way to create user interfaces that leveraged the capabilities of the Creative Suite applications, something that the current scripting environment doesn’t do very well. I installed it and read the documentation and my entusiasm quickly faded. It’s the same lame impossible-to-use BridgeTalk technology as before with the same contradictory and strangely inter-application-incompatible API:s, but packaged differently. It’s true that you can create great user interfaces, but the scripting still sucks — and it turns out that it’s a resource hog.

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The lazy HTML pirates are the easiest to catch

A tip to all lazy HTML pirates out there: if you’re going to nick the HTML off a website, remove the Google Analytics tracking code before uploading it to your own servers.

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SWF indexing is a red herring, and you should all know that by now

So, here we go again, Google has annonced that they will index SWF files with a new algorithm and the whole Flash blogosphere echobox is ringing with the words of the clueless. The announcement shows how little Google understands about Flash websites and needlessly diverts the attention away from developing a real solution to Flash website search engine optimization. The reaction to Google’s announcement also shows how little the Flash bloggers understand about the problem. I’m not sure which of these two is the most annoying.

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