Archive for July, 2005

Our next meeting will be August 26, 2005 and will feature a presentation by developer extraordinaire Darron Schall. The topic will be From Flash To Flex. A complete rundown on the topic, Darron, and the event itself is on our Philadelphia Flash MMUG Events Page

I’ve been working on getting Darron to come speak to our group for some time, and I know its going to be a great presentation, so please mark it on your calendars, and come out and show Darron your love Philadelphia style. We will be having some cool goodies to give away as always. A newsletter with more info will be going out later next week to existing members – sign up for membership here.

A sidenote, our last meeting on July 15 – an experimental social gathering – was a complete success! We had a blast – John Craig was the winner of the special “surprise goodie” for the evening – John don’t forget to show up at this event to collect your prize. 🙂 Don’t miss the next event!

UPDATE: I just wanted to point out that Darron released a very cool open source tool today: Xmi2As – a tool to convert UML Class Diagrams into ActionScript 2.0 code – very cool! A client of mine was just looking for something like this the other day. Darrons tool is cross platform and open source. Check out Darrons announcement here and where its hosted at OSFlash – very cool!

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Today marks the launch of a IFBIN – a new company led by Theodore E. Patrick – “Ted”. Many of you know Ted from PowerSDK and his blog where he has a ton of useful, informative posts and has done some really slick Central projects. IFBIN provides a unique service called FBE – Flash By Example, and Flex By Example, that integrate directly and securely into the Flash IDE and allows you to learn Flash from some of the best code and experts out there. You can browse through projects, examples, code, functions, classes and tutorials and instantly and securely download the source right to your workspace to dissect it and learn by example.

I am especially excited about the launch as I have contributed a couple of examples so far to the service, and hopefully they will be useful. The other contributors and authors who have provided content for the service, reads like a who’s who of Flash and ActionScript development, so I am excited to be a part of such a group of experts and such a useful service. The potential for its continued growth and usefulness is really limitless.

There is a beta preview for Windows users available for download now, and a Mac OS X version coming very soon.

There is some really great stuff available on there including some very useful frameworks and entire projects, ever wondered how Keith Peters of Bit-101 codes all his great experiments – well now you will have access to his entire library of files! Tons of great stuff like that. I know Ted will have more details about some of the other unique features and highlights about the service – so make sure you take a few minutes and check out and Ted’s blog for more information.

I know other contributors to the service will be making some posts as well – so take the time and read as many of them as you can.

Bonus Trivia – what does IFBIN stand for? “The IF statement is one of the first learned in software development and we distribute binary (BIN) examples.” So there you have it. 🙂

UPDATE: 07/08/2005 08:00PM EST
Here are a couple more links and posts that went up today about the IFBIN launch:

Ted has taken the time to comment on some of the questions raised around the service including pricing, licensing, etc. Josh Dura raises some good points and questions – Ted relays some great info in the comments on this posting in particular. Until everything ramps up to speed – take a look at the comments on these postings for more info – good stuff.

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I really love the stuff that the guys at MakingThings put out, I have used their Teleo devices in several projects. I received an interesting email this morning about some new, more modular, lower cost kits called “Teleo Blocks”. Here is a link to an overview from the email that goes over what exactly the Blocks are and their capabilities.
Also an excerpt here from the email I received containing a quick overview:

“Teleo Blocks are modular components that are the easiest way to work with electronics, interaction, sensors and actuators. Blocks communicate exclusively by simple electrical signals, so there’s no programming language and no computer required. By mixing and matching several different kinds of Blocks, hundreds of easy to assemble projects can be created. Some of the new blocks are:

    Poly Block – a simple behavioral building block with 11 functions

    Stepper Block – control unipolar stepper motors with a single voltage

    Servo Block – control up to four hobby servos with simple voltages

    Switch Block – control up to four high current (up to 10A) circuits

    AC Block – switch an AC line (up to 400V, up to 16A)

    Accelerometer Block – provides two axis tilt and acceleration feedback

Blocks are also low cost, so once you’re done with the construction and use of your project, you can leave it intact without having to extract expensive hardware for use in the next project. Because Blocks use the same generic wire connections and screw terminal connectors as the Teleo Modules, they can easily be used together.”

Should be very cool to play with for a lot of different types of projects. They also posted up an update to a cookbook area to, “get an idea of the kinds of projects, both simple and complex, you can make with Blocks, see the assembly guides in our CookBook.”
They are also offering a 20% discount to existing customers for the first month of their release.

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Finally! I’ve been holding my breath for several weeks now for Apple to get on the ball and release an update to iSync. Today it happened – iSync 2.1 for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is now available via Software Update or here. They have added support for bunch of new devices, take a peak at the full list here. I just finished installing it on my Powerbook and synced it up over Bluetooth with my Nokia 6680 – a great replacement for my Nokia 6600. I really have come to rely on syncing my address book, calendar and other items with my phones, and not being able to do so with my 6680 for the last several weeks since I got it has been a pain – thanks Apple for this update!

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