For the last couple of weeks, visitors to Resn HQ have been, well… a little worried.
Instead of the usual eloquent, respectful and mild-mannered young gentlemen, they’ve been welcomed by what can only be described as rabid, psychotic fiends with flailing limbs, spouting gibberish about a “Techo Yawn” and a “Hypno Cat”.
Fear not though, all can be explained by our latest project.
It all started when Google challenged us to join their hackathon and have some fun with a new version of their Hangouts API. Continue reading →
January seems as good a time as any to recap the last year or so of work I’ve been doing at Resn. And whilst awards certainly aren’t everything, they’re the jam that holds this review of the year together. As mentioned in numerous Resn job ads, “we love awards because the people who pay us love awards”.
Having themed this blog in fleeting moments spread over a few months, the CSS was in need of a healthy dose of refactoring. I had been keen to try out Sass and Compass after having heard about them at WDCNZ, and this seemed like a perfect scenario.
Ever since the early days of Flash, embedding fonts and supporting both multiple and large characters sets has been somewhat of a sticking point. Whilst support for various intricacies of font loading and embedding has gradually improved with each version, there are some inherent difficulties.
One big difficulty is handling the embedding of large character sets such as Japanese and Chinese.
This post will present the fully automated font embedding solution we used for a 500 page site available in eleven languages (including Traditional Chinese and Japanese) which is regularly updated by users of a bespoke CMS.
Recently at specialmoves, we’ve worked on some very large, multi-language, bespoke CMS driven sites. The Flash versions of these sites require many calls to the back-end (.NET) to send and retrieve data.
One approach would have been to transfer all of this data in XML or JSON. However we turned to FluorineFx which is a Flash (and Flex) remoting framework for .NET which facilitates data transfer using AMF (ActionScript Message Format.) It is similar in functionality to BlazeDS (for Java) and ZendAMF (for PHP).
This article is going to show how easy it is to use Fluorine in a Flash site, and introduce the ActionScript classes we’ve written to make it even simpler!