Visual Studio get's thumbs up for iphone app development whilst flash is still left in the cold

Can this be true?

Insane as it may seem, it looks to be true. Apple and Microsoft are getting in bed together and allowing VS to output OSX and iPhone apps. It seems like it should be a conflict to the recently updated iPhone SDK license. I guess the caveat is that Microsoft will use Apples framework for the apps whereas Adobe wanted to use their own.

Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Grape Juice, or Prune Juice (Flash Media Server vs Wowza Media Server)

So you go to a car dealership.. they show you two nice trucks. They fit about the same number of people in them. They can haul about the same amount of weight.

Truck #1 has two different hitches. Where Truck #2 has five different hitches. Truck #2 has only one of the hitches truck #1 has .. but truck #2 has 4 hitches truck #1 doesn't have.

Truck #1 only runs on Orange and Prune Juice.

Truck #2 can run on any kind of juice.. but the popular ones are: Apple, Orange, Grape and Prune.

If truck #1 is 4 times the price as truck #2 which would you buy?

FMS is truck #1

It's official.. I'm a Robotlegs fan

So I've been a huge pureMVC advocate for quite some time. It's been great on large projects and scales well. It is also very well tuned for large group development.

One large issue I have had with pureMVC in a word.. boiler plate code.. ok that was 3 words.

At any rate.. it took a while to set up a project and get it off and running. Adding new sections could also take a minute to setup. But once it was setup it worked like a champ.

curl: (35) Unknown SSL protocol error in connection

So I ran across an issue today after updating a server. We updated from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. We make curl calls into the server via ssl. Well after the update I got this fun error: "curl: (35) Unknown SSL protocol error in connection" .. after some googling around it turns out that curl tries to use sslv2 by default. When I force curl to use sslv3 it works fine. So a call that works might look like this:

curl -3

I did try to use the -k (insecure) option but that didn't help.

Flash Builder 4 vs Flex SDK 4 with Eclipse

Adobe released Flash Builder 4.. and it's a great tool to be sure. For some developers it's either not worth the cost or they don't want to spend the money.. or don't have the money.

Flash Builder will give you full code hints for built in Adobe classes as well as custom classes. It offers a nice way to debug applications with the debugger and includes a way to profile your applications.

Flash Media Server, Wowza Media Server and Red5 connection limit test

So I got a wild hair today and decided to polish up an old test and post it here. Essentially you can put in your application url and set the connection rate speed and connection cap.

You'll get a simple count of success and failures. As it's running or after it's done you can add more connections to use via the add button.

computeSpectrum on a live rtmp audio stream

I had been searching around for days for a solution to a problem many encounter. According to many blogs online the computeSpectrum method of the SoundMixer class only works with a vod stream from Flash Media Server, Wowza Media Server, or Red5. On a few of these blogs folkes even went as far as to try to code custom java classes to inject that data into the stream flowing to the flash player.

How to ensure job security for developers.

I didn't find this myself.. but was sent on a list I'm on.. I think it's pretty funny to those geeky enough to understand all of it's idiosyncrasies.

What's funny about it is that I think some people actually have followed this.. and then I get asked to maintain it. :)
check it out.

Published in Flash and Flex Developers Magazine

I was asked by ffdmag to do a write up of the Wowza Media Server for their Sept/Oct issue of their online magazine. This specific issue highlights Flash Media Servers. Anyone interested in a good read of the Adobe Flash Media Server as well as a few articles on the Wowza Media Server, should check it out.

It's a free download and hopefully could clear some cobwebs if you're comparing Flash Media Server (FMS) to Wowza Media Server (WMS)

"Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department"

I came across this link posted by an acquaintance on twitter. It is a video of a presentation done by Seth Godin. He articulates in such a fresh, fun way, how to think differently in a competitive environment where everyone is thinking the same.

It really makes you want to take a step back and look at what you're doing and how you can and should change the way you do business.

It is definitely worth the watch.

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