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Adobe Aquires Typekit

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Today Adobe announced its acquisition of Typekit, a web font hosting service that allows designers to use any typeface with their sites rather than relying on standard “safe” font families.

This is an interesting development. Adobe’s Flash player already supports proprietary fonts, which suggests that the company is looking at alternate technologies for its future development. Obviously Flash will remain relevant for more time to come, but as competitors increasingly jump onto the HTML5 bandwagon, Adobe is wise to increase its arsenal of standards-compliant technology.

atoi in Flex/ActionScript – Converting Strings to Numbers

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

It couldn’t be easier to convert a string to a number in Flex Actionscript. The language doesn’t have (or need) an atoi() function as seen in languages like C – it’s as simple as creating a cast:

var myString:String = “15”;
var myNum:Number = Number( myString );

The framework will convert any data type, not just strings. If it is unable to do so, it will return 0 (for ints) or NaN (for floating point).

FlexBuilder: Flash for Programmers

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Since I’m not a designer (an obvious conclusion anyone will reach after taking one look at the design of this site), I’ve never had much use for the Flash development environment, nor any real desire to learn it.

Adobe FlexBuilder 3 provides an integrated development environment (Eclipse, actually) that allows programmers to build Flash applications. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this software, and found its brand of MXML to be very familiar coming from an ASP.NET background.

Stay tuned for updates as I learn more about this software. Have you had any experience with it? I welcome comments and suggestions – what should we watch for when working with this software?