Arthur Debert

Yack shave me a river

So long Amara, and thanks for all the fish

In early 2011 I found out my wife was pregnant. After all the champagne juice celebration I realized the freelancing lifestyle would have... Read more
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The Web does not need flash.

With the iPad launch, the lack of the Flash runtime has received a lot of slashback. This gave me the opportunity to gather a few thought... Read more
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OpenInVim droplet for osx

Inspired by Marc Liyanage’s OpenTerminalHere is a simple droplet that will open the selected file(s) in VIM, or open the current director... Read more
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Hello VIM, or quitting TextMate cold turkey

In my last post I’ve mentioned my way through VIM. Quiting TextMate cold turkey wasn’t easy. But fear not: there are a bunch of plugins t... Read more
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How I learn to stop worrying and love VIM

In the beginning there was Eclipse, and all was good. It was feature packed and free. It was slow, but that seemed inevitable: so many fe... Read more
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A Visual Inspector for BulkLoader

A couple of weeks ago I exchanged a few emails with Chris O’Byrne. He was writing a loading lib for actionscritp and was taking some idea... Read more
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A Munin plugin to track http response times.

After two years of abandonment, I’ve finally managed to give some love to the server running this site. After all the trouble, I wanted t... Read more
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Announcing as-printf.

Actionscript, as it’s name implies, is a high level scripting language. Regardless of what scripting means, it’s definitely high level. I... Read more
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Flash on the Beach 2008

After a while wanting to atend a flash conference, this year everything has worked out. FOTB 2008 has a fantastic line up of speakers, I ... Read more
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BulkLoader :: Refactor me

After BulkLoader was made public in November 2007, it really took of. From about 3 downloads a week, to around 30 daily, since November, ... Read more
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Why Hashes?

Every now and then I have to defend the use of hashes in parameters. Usually it is a side issue to something else, and I try to explain m... Read more
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Loading Reloaded

Controlling loading is tedious, error prone, and each projects has such specific requirements that you end up rewriting loading code. A l... Read more
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RSS Woes

A quick apology. Earlier today, I’ve updated this site’s RSS feeds code. In some readers, this will result in a flood of “new” entries w... Read more
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Tweener Tips

I’ve been using Tweener for almost an year now, and I thought I’d share a few quick and useful tips. Delayed Function call, or a Poor ma... Read more
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Email validation in Actionscript 3

I’ve been playing with flex lately and I though the best way to get the hang of it was to use it in small pieces. One of the most obvious... Read more
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Subclassing final native classes in the Flash Player

Reading Bruce Eckel’s post about Flex Components I felt the ending suggestion was pretty interesting: porting python’s string library to ... Read more
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Nasty FLV preloading issue

Flash is, by far, the best way to deliver video on the web. The wide availability of the plugin makes it a no brainer. I always used pro... Read more
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3,2,1 - Launch!

I’ve been holding back having a blog for a long time. I just felt that I didn’t have much to add. As time passed by, I felt it was very h... Read more
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Hosting: Life is good again

We like to think our choices are unique, but honestly we go with the flow more than we’d like to acknowledge. When I began doing website... Read more
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AS3 Happy bits #2: The DisplayObject Hierarchy

Flash, like most interesting programs has developed organically, out living by far the sort of “low file size gif replacement” it began i... Read more
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AS3 Sad bits #1: Deep copying or cloning

original idea to use a ByteArray how to not loose type information Darron Schall explains throughly how the [TRANSIENT] directive work... Read more
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AS3 Happy bits #1: Runtime errors

Sure, the much improved performance AVM is great. A sane display hierarchy helps (or rather doesn’t get a lot in the way) too, but my fav... Read more
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As2 Class Paths are global variables

Globals are evil, anyone will tell you that. In AS2 there are no real classpaths, but a chain of objects bound to the _global space. In ... Read more
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Preloading Video in AS2

Sometimes you need to preload a whole video before displaying it. Maybe you will use it as a transition, maybe it’s integrated into the u... Read more
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We don't need no stinky web oS

So I’ve tried youos and wasn’t impressed. I played with it a little and lost interest. I figured I just didn’t spend enough time on it, m... Read more
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