Archive for March, 2008

Number, int

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Still on the fence about how to get down to the nitty gritty with Number and int in as3. There are a lot of people running low level tests and writing articles:

http://kuwamoto.org/2006/06/15/avoid-ints-in-actionscript/

http://flextips.corank.com/tech/framed/fastest-numeric-datatype

Feels like Number is still the way to go for most coordinate based stuff and int is good for indexing, unless I am building something that has to keep track of aloooot of things.

The home console

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Set up a media center box over the weekend. I’m pretty excited about it. It’s the first time I have been able to re purpose an old machine without having to stretch to find uses for it. I’m using Maximus Arcade as the front end, which is working out nicely so far. My only issue is a lot of the mame games are not getting launched right. I’m guessing this is something with mame though since it is unpacking zips and such. I’ll have to do a little more tinkering.

The Xbox 360 controllers work great for most of the console emulators. We were able to play Super Mario Bros. and Castlevania without any trouble. I’m pretty surprised at how well the controller translates to any system before the N-64. The mapping for controls on the N-64 seems a little weird just because of the layout. Half of those games are not emulated so well anyhow, so whatever.

AS3 is time consuming

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Spent today getting together an flv player that is lightweight in as3. Realized how much code you need to do some really simple stuff. I’m getting a little irritated with the static type errors. It really doesn’t feel like good practice to put Event as a parameter for public functions so that means creating a new function to use as a middle layer between the listener and the function that is called. I suppose this makes it so that everything is very specific but man it makes life time consuming. Time consuming + ad agency = trouble.

Code Page

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Set up a google code page. They have a pretty nice setup for keeping random actionscript files. I like the fact that I do not have to set up and maintain my own subversion server. Should be easier to keep my stuff centralized and public now.

First Posting

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Just set up this blog. Still need to get a google code page set up. Hopefully having this will provide some sort of usefulness.