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Flash Loses

February 8, 2012 16:26:56.000

Looks like Flash is over - Google has bailed on it, and - more importantly - so has Adobe:

Adobe will continue to work on their Flash platform, but mostly as it relates to their AIR technology. For interactive and immersive web content the company is focusing their efforts on HTML5. That should make things pretty clear: there won’t be Flash in Chrome for Android. Sorry, folks.

That makes the "glaring hole" on IOS into more of a fading issue....

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Smalltalk at FosDem

February 8, 2012 14:22:44.000

Via Torsten comes news from FosDem - a report, presentation, and photos.

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ST 4U 191: Generating Accessors in VA Smalltalk

February 8, 2012 8:33:01.414

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at generating accessors with the VA Smalltalk toolset. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Accessors.

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Today we'll take a look at something you need to do all the time in Smalltalk - generate accessor methods. In VA Smalltalk, you'll want to switch to the Trailblazer browsers to do that (see this tutorial for more on that). To start with, select your class in the browser, and then pop up the context menu - pick Show>>Instance Variables:

Show Instance Variables

Next, select one of the variables, and use the context menu again:

Generate Accessors

For each one selected, you'll get prompted for the name of the argument for the setter method:

Setter

And that's it - you now have accessing methods:

Accessors

Need more help? There's a screencast for other topics like this which you may want to watch. Questions? Try the "Chat with James" Google gadget over in the sidebar.

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JS 4U 129: Using off()

February 7, 2012 8:23:22.513

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Today's Javascript 4 You looks at the off() function in JQuery. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube.

Join the Facebook Group to discuss the tutorials. You can view the archives here.

To watch now, click on the image below:

off()

If you have trouble viewing that directly, you can click here to download the video directly. If you need the video in a Windows Media format, then download that here.

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ST 4U 190: Security Libraries in VW 7.8 NC?

February 6, 2012 0:00:40.799

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at using the (no longer included) encryption libraries in VW 7.8 NC. To do that, you'll need to have a copy of VW 7.7.1 installed, so that you can copy the relevant libraries over. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Security Libraries

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IM 64: What's Up, STIC? (AAC)

February 5, 2012 11:37:27.225

Welcome to episode 64 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson and David Buck.

David Buck and I talk talk to Alan Knight - Cincom's Smalltalk engineering manager, and a longtime chair of the technical content for Smalltalk Solutions/STIC - about the upcoming STIC conference in Biloxi, MS. Some of the audio has some scratchiness to it that I couldn't edit out - it seems to have been a recording artifact this week. I apologize for that, but it's exactly what I heard while we did the podcast - so you shouldn't have any trouble understanding the talk.

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (or any other podcatching software) using this feed directly or in iTunes with this one.

To listen now, you can either download the mp3 edition, or the AAC edition. The AAC edition comes with chapter markers. You can subscribe to either edition of the podcast directly in iTunes; just search for Smalltalk and look in the Podcast results. You can subscribe to the mp3 edition directly using this feed, or the AAC edition using this feed using any podcatching software. You can also download the podcast in ogg format.

If you like the music we use, please visit Josh Woodward's site. We use the song Troublemaker for our intro/outro music. I'm sure he'd appreciate your support!

If you have feedback, send it to jarober@gmail.com - or visit us on Facebook - you can subscribe in iTunes using this iTunes enabled feed.. If you enjoy the podcast, pass the word - we would love to have more people hear about Smalltalk!

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IM 64: What's Up, STIC?

February 5, 2012 11:36:26.925

Welcome to episode 64 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson and David Buck.

David Buck and I talk talk to Alan Knight - Cincom's Smalltalk engineering manager, and a longtime chair of the technical content for Smalltalk Solutions/STIC - about the upcoming STIC conference in Biloxi, MS. Some of the audio has some scratchiness to it that I couldn't edit out - it seems to have been a recording artifact this week. I apologize for that, but it's exactly what I heard while we did the podcast - so you shouldn't have any trouble understanding the talk.

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (or any other podcatching software) using this feed directly or in iTunes with this one.

To listen now, you can either download the mp3 edition, or the AAC edition. The AAC edition comes with chapter markers. You can subscribe to either edition of the podcast directly in iTunes; just search for Smalltalk and look in the Podcast results. You can subscribe to the mp3 edition directly using this feed, or the AAC edition using this feed using any podcatching software. You can also download the podcast in ogg format.

If you like the music we use, please visit Josh Woodward's site. We use the song Troublemaker for our intro/outro music. I'm sure he'd appreciate your support!

If you have feedback, send it to jarober@gmail.com - or visit us on Facebook - you can subscribe in iTunes using this iTunes enabled feed.. If you enjoy the podcast, pass the word - we would love to have more people hear about Smalltalk!

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Skyrim Creation Kit Inbound

February 4, 2012 0:40:30.004

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The Skyrim Creation Kit is coming Tuesday:

The Skyrim Creation Kit will be available for the PC version this Tuesday, according to a tweet from Bethesda VP of Marketing Pete Hines. It'll be available through Steam under "Tools," for free. As if the ability to generate infinite, free Skyrim content through mods weren't enough, Hines also teased a "special surprise" that would be coming along with it. We'll have to wait until Tuesday to see what that is, but we're guessing dragons. That game would be awesome with some dragons in it.

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ST 4U 189: Reading the Command Line in VA Smalltalk

February 3, 2012 12:00:41.632

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at how your application can read the command line that started VA Smalltalk. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

command line.

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Today we'll continue looking at the command line for VA Smalltalk, focusing on reading the command line at runtime. Here's a command line with a (presumed) application argument, -k:

Starting VA

VA pays no attention that argument, but what if we want our application to do something with it? Simply do the following:


commandLine := System commandLine.

Try that in a workspace, and inspect the results - you should see something like this:

Starting VA

All arguments and argument names will be strings; you'll need to parse them yourself. It's pretty easy though - you can set up a simple streaming facility for that easily.

Need more help? There's a screencast for other topics like this which you may want to watch. Questions? Try the "Chat with James" Google gadget over in the sidebar.

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Virtual Meetings with Head Tracking

February 3, 2012 11:11:16.297

OpenQwaq is looking pretty cool here.

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Thu'umcast 20: Is That a Perk, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me? (AAC)

February 3, 2012 1:38:57.038

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Welcome to episode 20 of "Thu'umcast" - a podcast where Michael Lucas-Smith, Scott Dirk, Austin Haley, Makahlua and I document our trials and tribulations in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The perk system is one of the coolest parts of Skyrim, and in this episode we start talking about them - focusing on the "warrior" perks. We'll get to the rest of them in future shows. We also touch on the just released 1.4 patch, and the much anticipated Creation Kit. While we discussed the perks, we referred to the awesome Skyrim Perk Calculator site. Check it out before you start your next playthrough!

If you liked our work on That Podcast, you'll probably like this. We intend to stay with the same idea - a gameplay podcast. If you don't want spoilers, don't listen - we are going to be talking about how we play the game, and what we ran across as we played.

You can subscribe in iTunes (or any podcatcher) using this feed, or this one for the AAC edition. We'll add the iTunes specific links as soon as they are available. In the meantime, join the Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter. If you play on Steam, join the Steam Group. Like the music? Pay Sbeast a visit, we thank him for letting us use it!

Links to all episodes and other information can be found on the Thu'umcast page.

If you want to download the podcast directly, we've provided it in three formats:

Got feedback? Tweet us!. Enjoy the podcast, and we'll see you in Skyrim!

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Thu'umcast 20: Is That a Perk, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

February 3, 2012 1:38:01.758

Thu'umcast

Welcome to episode 20 of "Thu'umcast" - a podcast where Michael Lucas-Smith, Scott Dirk, Austin Haley, Makahlua and I document our trials and tribulations in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The perk system is one of the coolest parts of Skyrim, and in this episode we start talking about them - focusing on the "warrior" perks. We'll get to the rest of them in future shows. We also touch on the just released 1.4 patch, and the much anticipated Creation Kit. While we discussed the perks, we referred to the awesome Skyrim Perk Calculator site. Check it out before you start your next playthrough!

If you liked our work on That Podcast, you'll probably like this. We intend to stay with the same idea - a gameplay podcast. If you don't want spoilers, don't listen - we are going to be talking about how we play the game, and what we ran across as we played.

You can subscribe in iTunes (or any podcatcher) using this feed, or this one for the AAC edition. We'll add the iTunes specific links as soon as they are available. In the meantime, join the Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter. If you play on Steam, join the Steam Group. Like the music? Pay Sbeast a visit, we thank him for letting us use it!

Links to all episodes and other information can be found on the Thu'umcast page.

If you want to download the podcast directly, we've provided it in three formats:

Got feedback? Tweet us!. Enjoy the podcast, and we'll see you in Skyrim!

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JS 4U 128: Using on() with multiple events

February 2, 2012 9:42:55.164

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Today's Javascript 4 You continues looking at the on() function on JQuery. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube.

Join the Facebook Group to discuss the tutorials. You can view the archives here.

To watch now, click on the image below:

on()

If you have trouble viewing that directly, you can click here to download the video directly. If you need the video in a Windows Media format, then download that here.

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I Need One of These

February 1, 2012 19:29:10.921

The gear on redbubble is just awesome:

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ST 4U 188: VA Smalltalk Command Line Options

February 1, 2012 12:03:36.669

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at starting VA Smalltalk up from the command line. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Command Line.

If you have trouble viewing that directly, you can click here to download the video directly. If you need the video in a Windows Media format, then download that here.

You can also watch it on YouTube:


Today we'll take a look at starting VA Smalltalk from the command line. While you would normally start up your development environment from an icon or the start menu on Windows, you might deploy to Linux, or need to set up a Windows "cron" job. The simplest way to start the environment up is to just run the VM:

Starting VA

By default, the VM will look for abt.icx in the current directory, and start that. What if you want to start a different image? Use the -i argument:

Starting VA

Note that we omitted the extension .icx; you need to do that, as the VM will append it itself. There are a lot of command line options you can use to control startup options (memory usage, logging - tons of stuff) - you'll want to examine the docs in detail for that:

Command Line Options

Need more help? There's a screencast for other topics like this which you may want to watch. Questions? Try the "Chat with James" Google gadget over in the sidebar.

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