Programming Flash Communication Server

Finally. The most wanted book about Flash Communication Server was published and should be available at Amazon.com at any moment. "Programming Flash Communication Server", this is the title for the book from Brian Lesser and some other developers including Giacomo Guilizzoni, Robert Reinhardt, Justin Watkins and Joey Lott. You can find more info about this book here. You will find there the source code and examples used in the book, sample shapters and news about FCS.

The book should be available in some stores at the moment but i´ll leave here the link for Amazon.

Programming Flash Communication Server – by Brian Lesser
(Not yet released at Amazon but should be available soon).

Colin Moock’s ActionScript Boot Camp

Colin Moock will do a 3-day actionscript training course this spring in Toronto. The first session
will be on days 1-3 March, but it seems that only a few spots are left for day´s 1 and 3. However there will be another “Boot Camp” in May and if you are interested just send a mail to pucknell@flashinto.com, put “boot camp” in the subject of your mail and indicate that you want to sign up for may’s course (specific dates to be determined).

The training session for March will cover the latest Flash MX 2004 programming techniques, course starts with absolute basics (perfect for designers and non-programmers) and quickly progresses to advanced topics such as object-oriented programming and design patterns.

Agenda:

Day 1: Introduction to ActionScript – Tuesday, March 1st, 9AM to 5 PM

Variables, statements, the interpreter, commands, arguments, operators, expressions, conditionals,
loops, events, event handlers, functions, and arrays.

Day 2: Introduction to Object-oriented Programming – Wednesday, March 2nd, 9AM to 5 PM

Classes, objects, methods, properties, encapsulation, inheritance, and datatypes.

Day 3: Introduction to Design Patterns – Thursday, March 3rd, 9AM to 5 PM

This final day introduces programmers to design patterns and shows how to apply them.

For notes, tickets and pricing please visit http://www.fitc.ca/bootcamp/

Make money with your Flash Games.

CrazyMonkeyGames are buying games to Flash developers to feature at their website. If you have developed a game and don´t know what to do with it you may earn between $50 and $1000 depending on the quality of it. The rules are simple. If they buy your game, they will ask you to insert their logo as an intro screen and add a link to their site within the game. Then they feature the game on CrazyMonkeyGames.com and allow the whole world to download it, distribute it, and use it on their own websites. You will be able to leave your name in the game as the author.

P.S. I saw this at a respected forum about Flash (Ultrashock). You may get more info about this topic by clicking here.

Size does matter…

I have seen so many questions about this topic in different forums that i have decided to post here a link which will help you decide which stage size should be used to develop your Flash applications for web.

First you must decide for which screen resolution do you want to develop, or you can develop for two or three different resolutions giving the user the option to choose their resolution. However after this decision you must remmember the users from other plataforms like Mac and browsers like Firefox and Safari. Believe me, it´s important to develop your application to all those users. So how can you avoid your page from looking crappy in some browser or platform?

At Webmonkey you will find all these answers. In there you will find tables that will give you the safest size to develop in different browsers and in each different resolution. Now you only have to choose.

Good luck.

Nice FCS hosting plan

There are many hosting companies that provide FCS hosting, but sometimes the price isn´t friendly. Today i found a new provider that offer great prices, the "Starter" plan will cost $6.95 / month and allow 10 connections with a 64Kbps Streaming bandwidth, but if you are able to spend more money with $25.95 / month you may join 40 users with a 512 kbps Streaming bandwidth.

Go see for yourself @ FCSeXtreme.com.

Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0

Due to security and feature concerns,Microsoft has decided to deliver a new version of Internet Explorer(IE 7.0). This version will go beta this summer and will have new anti-phishing, anti-spyware and anti-virus safeguards, according to company officials. Microsoft did not target a release date for the final IE 7.0.

This new release was announced Tuesday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.

Read the full story at Microsoft Watch.

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