Wednesday, June 29, 2005

if I can make it there...

Google Earth beta - New York area
Are you planning on visiting the Big Apple sometime in the near future?
If so gimme a holla dog cuz I've just landed my ass here this morning. Yo!
I went to see what these guys had to offer. 10 MB and a few minutes later I was already buckling my seat belt and preparing to land at JFK.
Here is an aerial photo taken somewhere over Ellis Island just seconds before landing (courtesy of Google Earth beta :).
Update: Well it seems that you'll have to wait some time if you want to make the trip. Following the download link won't get you anywhere but to a nice and polite "we're sorry we can't offer you a download right now" message. That same message sounded a bit more acid like two hours ago when it said something about "frustrated planet surfers". I think that somebody is feeling playfull at Google...

Monday, June 27, 2005

Error: Object expected

If you play nice with javascript (lately aka AJAX) in you every day life as a web developer I bet your 8 hours salary that you get lots of errors, the majority being typos. And if you happen to develop on IE I also bet that you scream for mercy when you see that little devlish exclamation sign icon in the lower left corner of your IE window. Yes, the one that says: "Errors on page" and then quickly replaces that with "Done". What that means is that you're done, cooked, well baked and generally your sanity is done beeing there and just left. Isn't that nice from the boys at MS to monitor your level so accurately. They have the knowhow to do it anyway :)
Shure, you can do what I normally do and use the JS debugger from Firefox to get at least a hint at the nature of the error and the file and line code where it occured. But that doesn't always work.
Yet today I discovered something new, fresh and incredibly unexpected. AFAIKnew you could debug JS in IE only if you had Visual Studio installed. But it turns out that there is a little actually "usefull and free" tool from Microsoft. Introducing Microsoft Script Debugger (trumpets sounding in the background). On the download page just click on "Continue" because it's not what you think. You will not have to validate your Win installation in order to download. Wtf, they already have your entire hardrive's content scanned (muahahahaa).
It's lightweight and appears to be very useful. Just be careful to go to Tools->Internet Options->Advanced-> and make shure that the box next to "Disable script debugging in Internet Explorer" is not checked. It seems that by default script debuggnig is disabled. After you do that and install the debugger you will find the menu entry at View->Script Debugger. You can find additional info about using it here.

Man is this a long post or what!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

que sera sera

Zorn, MTASC, OSFlash, Macromedia, Adobe, Flex, Flash

Hot new topic on the romanian flash forum regarding the subject of open source flash and adobe flash (the forum is in romanian)

Friday, June 24, 2005

think around the box

Well it is css friday.
Not the 13th but feels the same :D
Ever seen the box model problem in IE?
Follow this link and don't look behind!

ps: my salvation was actually in the last note of the article.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

the choice of f.a.m.e.

As a sidenote to the previous post about switching to the FAME environment, here is a post from Keith Peters at He is using PrimalScript not SE|PY but the matter is still the same. It's all about productivity...

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

flash tools

I've added a (surprisingly short I would say) list of tools that I use in everyday flash development. I haven't made the switch to FAMES yet but I plan to develop my next project using the Eclipse IDE. I love SE|PY and I am not willing to let it go that easily. I also recommend the Admin Tool as a great debugging tool. It has saved me some valuable brain cells I must say...

Monday, June 20, 2005

hello world

trace('hello world!');

This is supposed to be my personal webspace where I will share and exchange opinions and stuff about development of interactive web applications with everyone interested on the subject.
My name is Cosmin Cimpoi and I am a web developer from the city of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in Central Eastern Europe. Well, more Eastern than Central unfortunately...
As I am too cheap to aquire a .ro domain name I figured that Blogspot will do for now.
You can check my wishlist and aquire the domain for my birthday if you want :D
All this being said I invite you to check my blog as often as you feel appropriate

all the best from Romania,