Trust eclipse ?

After 3 hours of recovering and decompiling, I’m up to the state, which I left before I switched to eclipse. What was happend ? I don’t know exactly. I have coded my current project (after all 6 days of work) in scite and decided to work in eclipse, where I created a new actionscript project with asdt. I got an error message and after restarting eclipse, all my files are deleted, even the backups. I scanned my computer for any file and found nothing. Kind of heart attack. I could recover 100% of the FLAs, but only one actionscript class. The rest comes back by using a decompiler. Never thought, that I will love this tool.

I cannot say, that this could be happend to any users, but I won’t play with eclipse any longer. Time to make serious thoughts about a CVS and better backup systems. Well, 2 days left for the presentation. Back to work.

Flea World : another nice flashgame

I think tilemap based games are now completely arrived to the flashgamedeveloper.
Here is another nice flashgame in a classic tilemap enviroment. Guide 4 little points by your mouse to the level exit. Some nice extra items are placed in the higher levels.

update:

alex uhlmann realized, that this is not a flashgame at all – its shockwave.
Of course, this had be done in flash anyway. Wonder why not ?

Fleaworld

Four Elements IV Contest

gamedev.net arrange a gamedeveloper contest where macromedia flash is apparently mentioned.

The Four Elements IV contest is about bringing back the spirit of gaming. After years of research, we determined that every successful game requires one of four elements: robots, pirates, ninjas, and zombies. So what better than a contest that combines them all!
Your goal in the Four Elements IV contest is to take at least two of these four game elements and do what you do best: make a game!

Sounds cool. I have to think about.

four elements IV contest

Post your links

Can you satisfy my appetite of links to really nice made flash playgrounds and games ?
My personal feeling is that there are no new sites released the last time (years?) besides the long-established ones. On the other hand my list of blogs increases every day. Possible that the (frontend-) features of Flash7(-) do not entertain anymore. Surely eightball will reactivate our spirit of research. If you have links to mention in the sidebar link groups, do not hesitate to comment this post. Processing, Java, Shockwave files are also welcome.

Methods on primitives

Theodore Patrick posted a comparison of calling a method on primitives, once by themself and by creating an object before.

In my opinion the second line is faster than the first one, cause the interpreter can find the method faster from the object list. According to Theodore Patrick its about the garbage collection. The flashplayer creates an object, when you are not working with an instanced primitive and delete it after calling the method.

//-- Testing by Theodore Patrick

//primitive string
a = "Hello World";

//object string
a = new String("Hello World");

i=10000;
while(i--){
	a.split( " " );
}
trace( getTimer() );

Anyway, what you have to keep in mind is, that you have to instance any primitive by new when you need to call a method heavily. Simple computation like a*b or expressions like a = !b are much slower if you are using objects.

This is found is a similar way by holger kohnen in 2003!

More confusion can be found, when comparing primitive values

//a = true;
a = new Boolean( true);
trace( a === true); // false
//------------------------
//a = 3;
a = new Number( 3 );
trace( a === 3 ); // false

Keep this in mind…

Ess : Processing Sound Library

Krister Olsson from Tree-Axis has released the sound library Ess for processing.

Ess is a sound library that allows sound data to be loaded (AIFF, WAVE, AU, MP3), generated (sine, square, triangle and sawtooth waves, white and pink noise), manipulated (raw or via built-in effects), saved (AIFF, WAVE), analyzed (FFT) or simply played back. Ess is built on JavaSound and as such requires no additional plug-ins, just Java 1.3 or better.

After playing my first waveforms made with Ess I’m thinking of having this in flash. This kind of sound support would give me a new field of activity besides game development. I will definitely play with it the next time.

ess soundlibrary

New Blogdesign

I’ve done several attempts to make my own design for this blog, but I failed. I takes to much time for me as a non-designer to make a nice interface and provide the html/css. After browsing the templates on wordpress.org I found this one and I like it very much. There are some things to fix right now. I’m missing the link panel and I will try to change some colors next time. I installed the wordpress-php-exec-plugin to provide reading the last ten postings on the macromedia aggregator. I could also imagine to provide my experiments embedded in my blog as a page above.

Reinvigorate comes back

Reinvigorate was my favorite website tracking service before to many bugs and disconnections cast a bad light on the whole system. So, after a long time I’ve visited reinvigorate and found, that they are looking for beta testers from May 16th and will cooperate with mediatemple.

Quote:

Before Reinvigorate opens to the public a thorough stress test of the back end system is needed to catch any unexpected anomalies. Conducting a closed beta test allows us to control the load that the servers will receive initially. Once we’re sure all the systems are up to speed Reinvigorate will open to the public.

reinvigorate

I become a tutor in flash gamedevelopment

Now, it’s official – I will work as a tutor on the private academy L4 in berlin. After accompany a class to their intermediate examination in june, i will inherit a new class to teach new stuff while a complete study course. My part is flash actionscript game development and I hope to realize some nice projects with my students. The students also learn game design, real 3D programming and concepting games.

game flyer l4 – german

Sourcecode flashconference stuttgart 05

For everyone who joined the flashconference, especially the rigibody session by mario and me, I’ve uploaded the source code right now. As we said, there is much to do, but its like a short briefing, how rigid body can be simulated for starters. The source code isn’t optimized, so you can follow the instructions much better since we are using a vector class.

It was a very nice session and I hope we can repeat this. thanks to sabine, tibor, david, max and elias to come along with me on this conference. We had a great time ! Greetings to patrick thiel and holger eggert, not to forget frank baumgartner, who was accidentally in stuttgart the same time and joined for some beer in the evening (hehe).

related links:
read also marios blog entry
as2 gamepackage

Compute 3D rotations with localToGlobal

Driving home from the flashconference in stuttgart we had a nice conversation about MovieClip.localToGlobal. I thought it is possible to write a complete 3D camera class with it and it is.

//-- setup
var xClip: MovieClip = createEmptyMovieClip( '0', 0 );
var yClip: MovieClip = createEmptyMovieClip( '1', 1 );

//-- apply angles
	xClip._rotation = xa * 180 / Math.PI;
	yClip._rotation = ya * 180 / Math.PI;

//-- for each point
		pt = points[p];

		pp = { x: pt.y, y: pt.z };

		xClip.localToGlobal( pp );

		tmpy = pp.x;
		pp.x = pt.x;

		yClip.localToGlobal( pp );

		tmpx = pp.x;
		tmpz = pp.y;
//-- end

The trick is to rotate 2 MovieClips representing 2 axis in 3d space. But it has not the performance boost at all, even using the native MovieClip function. A simple sin/cos Matrix is a lot of faster, but the idea was nice :o)

localToGlobal3D.zip (Rotating around 2 Axis)

Processing goes beta 1.0

Processing is a java based application to create fast and solid animation and experiments.

Processing is a programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production.

I did three studies in processing and its real fun to have such a fast and easy to learn language. Hope that flash8 brings us similar possibilities.

Do not register to flasheurope

I didn’t participate the discussion about flasheurope yet, but it seems for now, that the organisers embezzles the money of the registrations. This is at least about 304 Euro each person in the early registration phase. Do not transfer your money to them !
I don’t know if this was planned from the very first. I have spoken with Harold in September and I didn’t noticed any criminal power.

read more:
scar trelles
aral balkan
flashmagazine
martijn de visser

Stop making things complicated

Never noticed such an hysteria in my 6 years flash time. The news bomb today was quite the fusion from adobe and macromedia. Most people are scared, thinking about if they can still work on their familiar applications in future. I say, stop thinking about. Nobody can change the whole world in just one day, but it will change anyway. For me, I’m going to avoid reading postings or articles about this issue. Try to think positive or/and write an email with your suggestions to adobe.

generel info
mike chambers article

rebuilding my flashexperiments

I redesigned my studies and move them to lab.andre-michelle.com.
I was tired of making screenshots and writing all the html for, so there is a light php/js enviroment to manage them in a faster way. Since my monitor turns all colors to red, I decided to make all designs in gray. I like it anyway. Most studies are very old, but I hope to add some new shortly.

Thanks to elias for php support.

There are slight problems on MACs. Safari browsers dublicates the swfs and IE(MAC) dies onClick. Well….well.

Actionscript Highlighter for WordPress

I really like wordpress. Never saw something to install that simple.
I also found a code highlighter plugin, which supports Actionscript.
Now I am using CodeHighlighter.

To show, how it works, here is a little codesnippet I found in a c++ code for getting Array Entries by pairs:

function connectIndices( array: Array ): Void
{
	var i: Number;
	var j: Number;
	var a: Number = array.length;

	for( j = a - 1, i = 0 ; i < a ; j = i, i++ )
	{
		trace( [i,j] );
	}
}
connectIndices([0,1,2]);

//-- Outputs
0,2
1,0
2,1

You need this frequently when connecting points of a polygon as segments. It's currently the fastest solution I found for this problem. ok. Actionscript highlighting works fine :)

speaker at flashconference 2005 stuttgart

I will speak at the flashconference in stuttgart in april 2005 and I’m looking forward to share a session with mario klingemann about rigidbody physics in flash. We both spend a lot of time the last days with them and we hope to get some nice and usefull results untill the conference begin. I will speak furthermore about tilemap-based-games and my current favorite work racing-game-engines in flash.

Hope to see some of you there !

read marios post also

rerere – design – build – fract

I switched to wordpress 1.5 and I’m changing everything from my site step my step from now on. I’m not a designer, so it take hours of testing untill I’m satisfied with my designwork. In blogs case I will leave it by default as long as I will grap an evening to try some new layouts. If you think, there are important links missing on the right panel, just leave me a note.