My second video2brain course is due to be released soon!
The course is the fruit of more than 3 years’ worth of Facebook Application development experience and a fun week’s stay in Graz last month and is packed full of example code and tips for everybody who wants to get into Facebook App development!
The course will, as you may have guessed from the box shot, be available in boxed DVD form together with an accompanying booklet packed with extra tips for Flash Application development for Facebook – an area that I’ve been heavily involved in from the beginnings of the Facebook Platform for Developers. One chapter in the booklet was written by my colleague and partner in crime at Substance, Neil Young, and covers more PHP and specifically AMFPHP Gateway implementation for Facebook Applications.
Drop me a line with your email address if you’d like a heads-up when the course is available or watch this space for news!
I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve had no time to write anything here – but I can’t let this exciting event go without mention:
Yes: It’s already time for FFK11 – beyond tellerrand. I’m checked in for my flight tomorrow and all set for a week of learning, meeting up with friends old and new and having fun in Cologne!
The second conference of the year from Marc Thiele and Sascha Wolter, after the excellent one-day “beyond tellerrand – mobile” back in February, promises to be an exciting mix of Flash and other technologies in addition to a good healthy dash of design-related themes.
I’m attending two workshops – “Natural User Interface Design” with Prof. Wolfgang Henseler on Tuesday and “How-To Multi Touch” with Meiko Schimmelpfennig on Friday – both of which sound like they’re going to be not only really topical for me but also very interesting. I’ll be putting what I learn to use straight away and look forward to reporting back about programming for the Microsoft Surface platform after Friday’s workshop.
The conference part itself is going to be a nice varied affair. Here’s what I have on my session list at present:
The Dawn of a New Era: Flash Builder and Flex SDK 4.5 – Deepa Subramaniam: Because it’s always good to be up-to-date with the old platform
Improved Technology – Joa Ebert: Because I live in the hope that I will one day understand everything Joa says
Integrating Flash and HTML5 – Mike Chambers: Because this is an important theme and I’m keen to see if some of the hurdles associated with the plethora of video formats are being addressed.
P2P on the local network – Peter Elst: Because I know he’s been playing with some good stuff here and my friend Peter never disappoints
Beyond GUI – Wolfgang Henseler: To see more after the workshop…
Into the molehill – An inside view – Malte Beyer: Because I’ve been too busy lately to even look at molehill…
The game is on! – Michel Wacker: To see what it is he’s been tweeting about lately!
Don’t Hate the Player – Lee Brimelow: Because there’s bound to be something interesting going on here…
Keeping in Real – David Lenaerts: Because I’m a firm believer in being inspired by nature and this looks like it’ll be an interesting session.
Exploring the Kinect OR Walking on Robotlegs: Because I simply can’t decide between fun and finally learning what the fuss is about with Robotlegs.
Fillings for Rectangles – Brendan Dawes: Because I do like his work. Basta.
It’s going to be a fun week and I’m looking forward to it. If you’re going to be there and see me, come and say hi
The project involved the build and implementation of a combined microsite/Facebook App which allows the user to choose a photo of themselves from their hard disk or Facebook albums OR to take a snapshot with their webcam and then to proceed and give themselves the full Martin Lawrence-style Big Momma treatment – to Get Mommafied! They can even choose a wig or dress to suit their style
The result can be posted to their Facebook Wall, Twitter (via Twitpic), downloaded or copied as a HTML embed link for use anywhere they wish.
Substance’s Craig Beswetherick (@GrindheadGames on Twitter) was responsible for the nasty pixel manipulating stuff and yours truly wrapped it all up with the rest of the UI, Facebook goodness and functionality. The design comes from Substance’s in-house artistic guy Ewan Brock (@letsbrock) and the final site/App has been rolled out in numerous countries including the UK, Russia, Mexico and throughout Europe – resulting in some interesting challenges with sizing on buttons and text fields. Naturally, localisation was carried out by using XML for configuration and copy.
The App was built using FDT4, assets in Flash and based on PureMVC for the simple reason that I have a nice little Facebook App template built up using this framework. PureMVC is by no means “pure” MVC but having a pre-built “template” which uses such a simple-to-use framework is a definite benefit when approaching new projects.
So. Go ahead and Get Mommafied! You may be surprised at how good you look with an extra 50 kilos in a wig and a dress!
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2010 may have been the year of the Tiger for most, but for me it was a Dragon year…
Yes, a year with lots of activity, and a significant amount of ink added to my left arm. The Dragon is important to me as an addition to the Koi from last year (my right arm) and has certainly played a major role in my year – 3 sittings and a total of around 20 hours so far and he’s not yet finished! One more decent sitting with Shane next spring and he’ll be finished. Shane’s attention to detail means that his work takes time – but looks amazing.
So, what else has happened? 2010 was the year:
I produced and released my first iPhone game, TIcTacTomato, to the Apple App Store after committing myself to learn Objective C correctly and attending my friend Aral’s excellent course. I’d started using the Flash CS5 beta with an aim to creating iPhone Apps with it (reuse skills – why not?!) but moved away from that due to the lack of native support and, in my opinion, sub-optimal workflow. Learning Objective C properly was one of the best things I did in 2010.
On the iOS side, I’m currently working on a further iPhone project in addition to another iPhone/iPad App to be released in the first quarter of 2011 – assuming I have enough time to complete it within the time. More news soon!
The new website and blog design, launched in late 2010, are the direct result of my attendance of an excellent studio photography course given by my friend Barbara Hess from Bern – whom I also have to thank for the excellent portrait from that day which has formed the base of the new design (yes, you can blame her). Once I’ve found some space for a small studio you can expect to see some photography work from me here too…
Was that it?
No. I decided, after 18 years of living in Switzerland, to move back to the UK.
This is a big change – and by far the biggest change of the last year for me. Changing from Actionscript to Objective C, no matter how tricky, is not a patch on moving back to your own country after living abroad for so long. Switzerland is also not an easy country to leave for the UK. Switzerland “works” and it’s very easy to take things for granted over there. The UK, and London in particular, is pretty much broken and is taking some getting used to. The time was right for me though, and I’m back.
If you want to know what hard work is drive a large transit van from London down to Zurich, spend a week clearing out a third floor apartment with no lift, loading everything you own into the van and then drive back the following weekend. It took me a couple of weeks to recover from that one and I really couldn’t have done it without the help of my lovely Girlfriend, Daša, and then my eldest Son, Alexander, and two of his friends who arrived just in time on the Saturday morning of our return to the UK to help with the final heavy items – those we gave up trying to carry down at midnight the night before!
How about 2011? Any plans?
Lots of plans, lots of ideas and some projects already under way or due to start soon. All will become clear over time but rest assured: It’s not all digital. I’m going to take some time to put some of my more analog ideas into practice and there’ll be some offline work featured on this blog and my site over the course of the next year.
2011 is the year of the (white) Rabbit. Who knows where it’ll take me?