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Friday,
6 May 2005

EnFlash goes open source

EnFlash is an ActionScript Application Framework that I have been developing for about an year. It started as an experiment and it's main goal was to achieve a set of User Interface possibilities that haven't been done previously in Flash. I had already a nice framework created for projects like Job Designer and Alignment Tool, but I wanted something new that uses ActionScript 2, MovieClip composition and other cool techniques. The first EnFlash demo appeared in August last year and since then I continue to develop it when I have free time.

EnFlash is not meant to be a lightweight replacement of the Macromedia components. It targets users with recent hardware and hopefully it will become much more useful with the forthcoming Flash Player 8. The current EnFlash release supports all the top features only, so I'm thinking about a simplified version that will cut off some extras for the sake of performance.

I've been using open source software extensively and I like the idea of sharing code with the community. I believe that this is the way to create quality programs and to force ideas exchange and innovation. My first open source contribution was the creation of a few blog templates for the blojsom project. I was also happy to support Darron with a Bulgarian translation of SolVE. Two weeks ago I have announced my plans about EnFlash at the local WebTech conference headlined by Richard Stallman. Today it becomes available to the public under GPL license.

EnFlash 0.3 is now available at sourceforge.net. Get yourself a copy and enjoy!

Tuesday,
5 Oct 2004

Asual is the new blojsom default theme

There's a new blojsom release out there and we're responsible for the new default theme. Currently it matches the look of our site, but we're thinking about some cool improvements and blojsom style colors scheme. The theme uses tableless layout with valid XHTML & CSS code.

Thanks to David Czarnecki for the collaboration and support.

Friday,
3 Sep 2004

Go SE|PY

I was browsing the mailing list archives of SE|PY this morning while downloading its latest release. I wanted to read more about the new Javadoc comment auto generation feature mentioned on Alessandro's blog. It was a nice surprise to see a huge activity on the list from guys like Colin Moock, Nigel Pegg and Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni. They are not sparing of good words about the project and they also give some good ideas about new features and improvements. Hopefully this will help SE|PY to evolve and become a dominant ActionScript editor. The fact that it has been used inside Macromedia speaks a lot. I don't know much about the status of MacOS port, but some time ago Mike Chambers has posted a step by step guide to getting the SE|PY ActionScript editor to run on OS X.

I'm using SE|PY everyday since its 0.9.x days and I'm really happy with it. There are frequent updates, bug fixes, new configuration possibilities and not on the last place, its free. Its up to you to decide how much you can donate to this great open source project.

Wednesday,
25 Aug 2004

The power of blojsom

Our blog is up for 2 weeks and I'm happy to see that the lead blojsom developer David Czarnecki writes about it on his blog. We're also listed on sites running blojsom page next to sites like Apple OS X Tiger Server, JBoss and Hewlett-Packard Labs Semantic Blogging.

May be you're wondering what blojsom is? Its one of the best open source java blog systems out there, very lightweight, file based, with extensible plugin architecture. It was inspired by another weblog application called blosxom. Apple is going to include blojsom in their next OS X Server.

I'm still polishing the look of this blog but once its ready I will contribute our theme to the blojsom community. It conforms with the latest XHTML and CSS recommendations so hopefully people will like it.

Tuesday,
10 Aug 2004

EnFlash announcement

We're happy to announce the development of our cutting-edge ActionScript framework called EnFlash. It brings some revolutionaty features to the Flash world including skinning at runtime, scalable fonts and liquid layouts. While currently focused mostly on User Interface, EnFlash is designed to provide a bundle of utility classes and data structures that ease the ActionScript development. EnFlash is a client-side technology and does not require a specific server.

Learn more about EnFlash on our site.

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