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I stumbled upon an interested error today while trying to initialize a simple variable in my main mxml file – “Constructor functions must be instance methods”

In this particular case, it turned out that I had given my variable the same exact name as my mxml file, causing the compiler to choke and give me that error. This error shows up not just with coinciding variable names, but component ID’s as well.


So I was working on a project, and realized I needed a way to update my application once it had been deployed. I figured the answer was simple:  add PHP headers to stop caching. Wrong.

That didn’t solve the problem at all.

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HP has released a fantastic tool titled “SWFScan”. This convenient little application decompiles existing SWF’s either sitting on your hard drive or on the internet and scans them for vulnerabilities like trace() statements still hanging in there or possibly revealing information/stored MD5 hashes.

I highly recommend you download it and give it a try, its’s definitely worth it.

SWFScan can be downloaded here.

Wrapping Text in DataGrids

Recently, while developing one of my recent applications, I ran accross this annoying problem with datagrids.

I just could not get the text in the datagrid to wrap around nicely.

Even after throwing in the wordWrap property it still didn’t work:

It turns out that you had to add the “variableRowHeight=true” property to the Datagrid tag!

More fantastic information at Flex Pasta!

I’ve set up a project over at Google Code. Drop me a line if you wish for me to add you as a member.

We’ve got a bunch of people that are already willing to help so please let me know if you’re interested!

Community Flex Project

I was thinking about this the other day, and I thought it would be great to start some sort of community flex project to get everyone involved.

If you would be interesting in helping me set this up, please drop me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll get in touch with you.

I’m looking to get an open source project going, preferably something involving a large scale cairngorm app so we could get lots of people working on it and contributing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking for hundreds of hours here, just if you have some spare time, maybe just half an hour a day, or even 15 minutes. I figured if lots of people help out this could really go places.

I don’t have too many ideas on what we would actually develop, but looking forward to your input!

Top 10 AIR Apps

Lifehacker has put together a neat list of the Top 10 AIR Apps. Read the full article for reviews and more info!

Nick Velloff, after far far far too long, has finally released his sample code for the XIFF API.

I first explored the XIFF API probably over a year ago, and now it’s time to revisit it. Polishing up my FlexIM application shouldn’t be too difficult with the sample code finally available!

I just finished my very first application on Facebook last night, and wow was it quite the experience.

I noticed that nobody else had built and successfully launched an app that allowed you to have songs on your profile because of bandwidth and storage problems I guess.

I decided to give it a shot and created SongBook!

It’s been only a few hours, and already I’m seeing a fantastic response! Already over 150 users have signed onto the application and uploaded songs to their profiles! I didn’t expect it to have such a fantastic growth rate, but it’s really getting out of control. My used bandwidth nearly doubles by the end of the day (running up a few GB’s per day!)  so I’m not really sure what to do because I’m expecting a few millions users to add the app.

Take a look for yourself, and please, add it if you have a Facebook profile. Not that I have to ask you to add it, it’s already pretty amazing :p

If you know of any lovely company that would like a nice fat ad spot right on the home page of the app (projected to have a few million views, daily/weekly?) and would like to sponsor me, PLEASE let me know!


I was browsing around some blogs the other day and came across this fantastic group called “flexjobs” over at Yahoo! Groups.

It has quite a bit of activity and some nice job postings already

I you’re looking for a job, take a look!