Archive for June, 2006

ROW Flex Developer Space Race Winners

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Robin has the results up for the Rest of the World Flex Developer Space Race.

Some great entries doing some stuff I didn’t expect!

You can view all the entries here.

And thanks to Robin for sorting out the whole thing out!

Extending Your Own MXML Components

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

I’ve just come across an error when extending your own MXML components that in my opinion is a major limitation for MXML.

If you create you own MXML component that extends a VBox…



If you then extend this component with MXML you can’t add any more DisplayObjects…



It seems logical to me that the super class would have its DisplayObjects created first and then the sub class, but instead you get this error.

Error: Multiple sets of visual children have been specified for this component (base component definition and derived component definition).

Surely developers will want to extend their own components on a regular basis and add new DisplayObjects. I really hope this is fixed for the final release!!!

Use the Correct Type for the Job

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Have you been put off from using the correct type for the job after reading the recent infomation from Sho and Grant about speed of uint and int compared to Number? Obviously this information is worth noting, but the 2 post titles ‘Avoid ints in ActionScript‘ and ‘Types in AS3: ints not so fast, uints slow! ‘ are bound to put some people off using them at all and sticking with Number, which they shouldn’t do.

I chatted about their results with Peter Hall the other day, with the conclusion that I will continue to use uint and int in the correct places.


Yahoo Recruiting London Flash Developer

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Just found this over at Flash Group (posted yesterday).

Hi everyone,

My name is Piers and I work for Yahoo! UK in Recruitment. We are currently recruiting for an experienced, web standards savvy Web Developer with strong Flash/ActionScript skills to join our team in London. Please find a job description below. If this sounds like it might be of interest, please head to and apply to job reference 1062. Any questions, please just email me at

Kind regards


Full job description here.

London Flash Platform User Group

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

With the MMUG having a summer break until September, popular demand, and following in the footsteps of the Boston Flash Platform User Group I’ve decided to start the London Flash Platform User Group where we can meet up and talk specifically about the Flash Platform on a regular monthly basis in London.

Its been a long hard slog but everything is now arranged and fully booked for Thursday 22nd June, and we even have booze on site!

I’d like to thank all the guys who have supported the start up of the group, friends of Ed for linking us up wth some goodies, and especially World Archipelago for sponsoring the meeting.

We have a great event lined up for our first meeting and two great speakers, so spread the word and come on down.

Details of the first meeting.

Dead Links?

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

I’ve recently moved my blog and files around on the server.

If you find any dead links please comment here and i’ll sort them out.

FileReference and Test Upload in AS 3.0

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Today I finally got back to doing some Flex 2.0 stuff again after a month or so working on Flash 8 projects.

When updating some code form beta 2 to 3 I noticed that the default for FileReference when upload is no longer to do a test upload as it does in Flash 8, or previous betas of Flex 2.0. A lot of people moaned about the compulsary test upload for files over 10 KB so now its an optional parameter.

[as]public function upload(request:URLRequest, uploadDataFieldName:String = “Filedata”, testUpload:Boolean = false):void

FileReference.upload() documentation

The Plastician May 2006 Mix

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

I suggest you download, turn up the volume, and get filthy with some UK Grime beats.

Hard Graft – The Plastician on the daily grind