I recently developed a Dreamweaver command to automate a process I hate to do manually – turn French characters into their HTML entities. It’s pretty straight forward, highlight the copy you want to scan, select French Characters under the Commands menu and follow the prompts. To install, unzip the files and drop them into your [...]
So, I was one of the many who jumped on the bandwagon and bought a Playbook when they we’re offering them at a ridiculously reduced price over Christmas. I was never really that interested in getting one but they were cheap and I wanted an e-reader (Playbook comes pre-installed with a Kobo app) so I [...]
If you ever have an automatic update fail sometimes your WordPress install can get stuck in maintenance mode. I just had this happen to me and was able to find a quick solution. Log into your server via FTP and look for a .maintenance file, delete it and you should be up and running again.
I just heard that my former employer Les Stroud is going to be doing more episodes of Survivorman – but this time for 10 days instead of 7. Here is the official post on his website - http://lesstroud.ca/news/survivorman-returns. If you’re not familiar with Survivorman you should be. It basically invented the Survival TV genre – and no [...]
Here is a list of HTML5 references site, resources and other items: HTML5 Outliner - http://gsnedders.html5.org/outliner/ HTML5 Spec – http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec-author-view/Overview.html
I have been creating a code base for a Screen Manager system that I am using for an iOS app I am building in AS3. I wanted to create a dynamic way to reference and instantiate classes that represent each of the Screens in the app so I can reuse this for other applications in [...]
I was writing a post about Events in AS3 and while explaining why in my opinion one approach to passing data is preferable to another I stumbled across the phrase “Set it and forget it” when it comes to programming. I think that this is a great way of describing how I like to write [...]
Garbage collection can be a big deal when writing complex programs in Actionscript. Not removing EventListeners is probably one of the biggest sources of AS holding onto memory it doesn’t need. There is a very easy way to allow GC to handle your event listener clean-up for you when creating a new event listener – [...]
I have been developing an AS3 library for the video publishing company Castfire on my own for the past little while and recently got in touch with them about continuing the endeavor. I thought it was a shot in the dark but they were more than willing to help out and so here is the [...]
I have been working on an update to my Easy Analytics plugin for WordPress and it’s almost ready. It’s a very big change in that I have added the ability to pull page stats and store them in a custom table in the WordPress database. I have attempted to use the Google Analytics API before [...]
So 2011 is now upon us. I am very excited for all the things that are coming my way. Watching my little girl’s first year of life would top that list of course. I want to wish you all the best in ’11 and hopefully one day, someone will actually read this blog o’ mine. [...]
I am in the middle of working on a DVD for a client and there was a conversation about creating a Blu Ray disc as well. So I did a little research and discovered that DVD Studio Pro does not author Blu Ray, only HD DVD. Well after a couple of clicks I found Adobe [...]
Say hello to our new addition! Eve Susan Welcher Born: October 31st at 11:22pm 5lbs 15 oz
Creating a Preloader in AS3 Creating a preloader in AS3 is pretty straight forward and really should be used any time your pulling resources into an SWF at runtime and yes I know the title is stupid.
One way to help secure your WordPress install is to remove the version number from your meta tags: <meta name=”generator” content=”WordPress 3.0.1″ />
I was looking around on Facebook today and after about 6 random links ended up on a website for a local marketing/media broker company. I was looking through the links that I assumed were portfolio examples and low and behold there were 2 links to sites I had created. My first reaction was to get [...]
Functions (aka methods) are the bread and butter of any application. Without them you can’t do much of anything. So I thought I would show you how to write one.
As you can tell by the horribly cheesy name of this post, this one is about classes in AS3. For me the move to AS3 also meant the move to doing everything in class files as opposed to writing it in the on a frame of the timeline. This was very confusing and difficult for [...]
I have tried the blog thing a couple of times without success. I’m just too busy and really no one reads this stuff anyway. I figure since I am paying for this server this time it’ll stick … maybe. So here is my site. RyanWelcher.com. Enjoy. Ryan