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Jesse Randall Warden

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I just got an e-mail from a recruiter of sorts. They want me to do phone Flex/Flash consultation for a 20-40 minute paid phone call. Apparently, Ether (www.ether.com) could make money if they employed some sales teams. It seems all of California is reaching out worldwide, looking for people to come to live and work there. The reason? To be tech lead in their startup and manage contractors and outsourced individuals to make bling and fame in Web Deux Point OMG. If my hunch on what this call is about is correct, this'll be the third startup this month looking for Flexcoder meat. While I'm glad the resurgence in tech is creating a plethora of new companies and re-energizing budgets of old ones, one thing is abundantly clear: Google is the only company who inadvertently got Identity 2.0 (www.identity20.com/media/OSCON2005/) remotely correct. Case in point, the recruiter... (more)

Job Interviews: Adobe Flex and Flash Career Guidance

Some things that I learned early in my career that originally helped me succeed, I believe are now hurting me in job interviews. One of the pros to typing via dynamic languages and forgiving compilers such as ActionScript 1.0, Ruby, JavaScript, and others is that you can quickly code things that work. In a lot of the early agency, multimedia, and small software company work that I did, these technologies were great. They didn't get in your way, and they empowered you to quickly create programmatic solutions that were enhanced or even driven by good designers. You could hit insane... (more)

JavaScript and Flash Panels

Macromedia products are ever more extensible in the 2004 releases. They make it easier for developers to create custom tools and extension scripts and then package those scripts and interfaces to distribute to their fellow designers and developers. Distribution comes in a few ways; in this article I discuss the use of JavaScript and Flash panels for use in Fireworks and Flash, and briefly cover the use of MXPs, the file format used in the Macromedia Extension Manager tool to allow developers to install extensions. Although Dreamweaver is arguably more powerful in making use of suc... (more)

Integrating a Flash Interface into Flex 2

My goals here are to integrate www.adobe.com/products/flash/ Flash with www.adobe.com/products/flex/ Flex, i.e. not just treat it as a design asset tool, but as a contributor to the functionality of the client; using Flash for enhancing the design, and helping reduce transition code which tends to be verbose in Flex. Below you'll find a sample application that has integration of a complicated Flash design done using many different techniques. I describe the reasons why you would want to work this way, compare with other techniques, and walk through the code and files in my examp... (more)

Agile Chronicles #3: Branch Workflow

This entry is about utilizing branches for each developer in Subversion, Merge Day, and how while cool, it’s an ivory tower process. Note: This isn’t a tenet of the Agile methodology itself, it’s just something that works well when you have a bunch of developers collaborating together rapidly, and a specific workflow our client requested we follow. Branch Workflow We’re utilizing a Branch Workflow on my current project.  What this means is that each developer creates their own branch in Subversion.  If you’re utilizing Tortoise SVN on PC or Versions on Mac, this is effectively a ... (more)