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Learning Flash for programmers?

I’ve decided it’s about time I learnt some Flash, mainly because of the exciting opportunities posed by the Flash-JavaScript bridge. It’s become pretty obvious now that Flash is the most practical option for dealing with audio and video on the Web, and the bridge means that anything Flash can do is now available to JavaScript as well. Google Finance and the Yahoo! JS-Flash Maps API are just two recent examples of why this stuff is worth knowing more about.

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Xara (vector graphics programme) goes Open Source. This could be a really big deal. # 29th March 2006, 10:56 am

Hex Fiend. Hex editor for OS X. I could have done with this a few weeks ago. # 28th March 2006, 10:11 pm

Styles: Beyond WS and REST. Tim clarifies a bunch of stuff relating to WS-* and REST. # 27th March 2006, 10:06 am

favcol (via) Hammond-powered Flickr fun. # 22nd March 2006, 7:07 pm

Amazon S3. Game changing. # 22nd March 2006, 5:59 pm

Friendster lost steam. Is MySpace just a fad? Great essay from danah. MySpace finally makes a bit of sense to me. # 22nd March 2006, 7:55 am

Form Hijack (via) Neat unobtrusive JavaScript trick—use document.onclick to catch events before page has loaded. # 21st March 2006, 10:43 am

Atom as a Case Study. Notes from one of my favourite talks at ETech. # 21st March 2006, 8:20 am

Lighty Rocks My PHP/MySQL World. Matt Croyden reports that Lighty + PHP + FastCGI is lightning fast. # 20th March 2006, 7:31 pm

Activating ActiveX Controls (via) MS advice on getting around the Eolas thing. Their JS code is nasty though. # 20th March 2006, 11:49 am

Checkmates (via) Really neat Yahoo! mobile demo released at ETech. # 9th March 2006, 1:09 am

Universal Encoding Detector. Character encoding auto-detection in Python, ported from Mozilla. # 8th March 2006, 7:56 am

Forget addEvent, use Yahoo!’s Event Utility. Great explanation of the cool stuff in YAHOO.util.Event. # 8th March 2006, 12:08 am

Introduction to JavaScript (ETech 2006 Tutorial). Phil Windley’s extensive notes from my tutorial. # 7th March 2006, 11:18 pm

My ETech JavaScript tutorial

I gave a three hour JavaScript tutorial at ETech this morning, aimed at people with previous programming experience who hadn’t yet dived deep in to JavaScript as a programming language. It seemed to go pretty well—some good questions were asked at various points and a few people told me afterwards that they had found it interesting.

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Yahoo! Hub Korea. Korean tag clouds are really pretty. # 3rd March 2006, 12:10 am