When I start a project, I like to tackle the parts that are new to me first. Obviously, I enjoy the dopamine hit from exploring something unfamiliar, but also, I’ve found that this is a great way to catch “gotchas” early, rather than waiting until the end when work-arounds might require substancial changes to parts […]


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I’m structuring the project folder like this: /portfolio /deploy /css /img /icons /link.png /video.png /pic.png /js /framework /lib /jquery.js /background.png /index.html /contact /thumb.png /bio_contact.html /projects /project1 /thumb.png /video.html /description.html /project2 /thumb.png /video.html /description.html /src /project1 /video /notes If your information architecture is tight, you’ll likely see echoes of your file hierarchy in your data hierarchy […]


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Don Your Project Manager Hat A week with no updates?! … And things are about to get more busy, not less. Plus, upon reviewing the project plan, I noticed an omission: there’s no specific line item for the mask transition. It seemed so obvious, I neglected to capture it in the schedule. I’m adding 3 […]


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Just a little something I cooked up tonight after a few beers with Lee: ModelMediator = function (model) {   this.__onChanged__ = new Dictionary();   for (var key in model)   {     this.__defineSetter__(key, function (arg) { this.set(model, key, arg) });     this.__defineGetter__(key, function () { this.get(model, key) });     this.__onChanged__.set(key, new signals.Signal());   } } ModelMediator.prototype.get = function (model, key) { […]


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I sorely miss the Dictionary class from AS3, but wasn’t excited by what my Googles led to and figured I’d learn more by rolling my own. JavaScript Arrays can be used as a hash, but only with String or Numeric keys. This class lets you use any Object. A function, an Array, a class … […]


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Just a quick note to point out a bug (?) I found today while working with the ActionScript 3 Text Layout Framework. I wanted to add a mask to the Sprite container I’d passed to my TLF ContainerController. Whatever it is that happened wasn’t correct: there was masking occurring, but the shape I was using […]


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My latest FDT project has a lot of sub-projects. We’ve got a small team of mixed Mac and Windows users, so we don’t want to assume any particular project directory structure if we can help it. The original thinking was to export SWC files for each sub-project, copy them to the appropriate projects for which […]


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I’ve been rolling the RobotLegs framework into a new project, but not all the team members are sold on the idea, mostly because it represents third-party code that’s complex and difficult (impossible?) to understand just by reading over the source. I realized I was having a difficult time articulating the advantages to the approach, and […]


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