Stephen Calender Programming Blog


Adobe Creative Cloud


May 24

Posted: under Opinion.

Adobe announced that it will no longer sell boxed versions of its products; furthermore, it is launching its Creative Cloud. All of their software will be provided as a service with a monthly subscription. Even though Creative Cloud won’t have any application updates until mid-June, it is too late to get a discount upgrade to Creative Suite 6, all of incentive programs have been switched over to Creative Cloud. MOAR!!!

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Productivity


Apr 27

Posted: under Opinion.

There are just so many things I want to accomplish, and not enough time to give them all attention. While I focus on enhancing my personal life, every organization I have ever worked for has butted up against the productivity problem too. Maximizing work accomplished is not a new problem. I’m not sure if we think the rules have changed with current technology, or software developers just never learned from other disciplines. MOAR!!!

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Sprite versus MovieClip


Apr 12

Posted: under ActionScript 3.0 Benchmarks, Optimization.

SpriteVsMCGraph

For years I have heard horror stories about the bad performance of Flash’s MovieClip class, so much so that I have aggressively replaced as many objects as I can with Sprites. Obviously MoiveClip objects use a bit more memory, but how much more processing time do they take compared to Sprites? When exactly do they become expensive? Does it matter how you have your display list organized (according to Adobe, shallower is better; however, we do not have a cost comparison)? Surprising answers and discoveries are abound! MOAR!!!

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Minimum Announced


Apr 10

Posted: under Opinion.

Yesterday the game I worked on during my tenure at TimeGate was officially announced. I’d like to say that I worked on some awesome piece of magic on it, but it was honestly more nuts and bolts development. I hope the game reaches its full potential, I always had a good time at our internal play tests. Keep an eye on the official website to get in on the action MOAR!!!

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Catching Up On My Work Life


Mar 24

Posted: under Opinion.

It can be tough to talk about your job in the games industry. Sometimes even after the game you worked on is done, idling in the queue to ship, and you have moved onto the next project you still can’t talk about it. The non-disclosure agreements ubiquitous to the industry can be far reaching. I “may or may not have” even had to sign legal documents barring talking about companies after we went our separate ways. You can feel a little left out being silenced on something millions of people are ranting or raving about. I can’t share everything, but here are some major bullet points. MOAR!!!

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Flash versus HTML5


Mar 17

Posted: under HTML5, Opinion.

The biggest event to happen to internet and mobile in a long time is the ongoing development of HTML5. Currently there is partial support but the new standard’s definition still isn’t finalized. I have no doubt that it will be a large advance for the web developers; my particular challenge was determining if HTML5 was going to outclass Flash for game development. MOAR!!!

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New Technology


Jul 21

Posted: under Opinion.

There is the oddest phenomenon whenever a shiny new technology debuts. I suppose that it has to do with a naive Hollywood education about technology, or our desires for that futuristic breakthrough moment to happen. Whatever the newest thing is, it always seems to be perceived as the magic bullet, the game changer, and us digital wizards and sorceresses will effortlessly create a new world with it. MOAR!!!

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No More LEGO Universe


Feb 21

Posted: under Opinion.

Yeah that was pretty fast. I have known about the pending shut down for months now, it is still hard to believe. After acquiring the development team back in February of 2011, they not only decided to stop production on LEGO Universe in November of 2011, but to shut down the studio entirely ending virtually all jobs in the Colorado satellite. LEGO universe servers were slated to be shut down at the end of January 2012. I think most of my opinions remain the same since I was laid off with roughly half the staff.

Lego Universe: History from EXILE PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo

MOAR!!!

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$365 Worth of Actionscript 3.0 Books


Sep 11

Posted: under Opinion, Review.

I have been vexed for some time about closing a gap I have felt with, you, my audience (4th wall is hereby broken). I diligently pursue making my content, thoughts, and works accessible to those who do not have a computer science or math background. I do look for ways to encourage or inspire the hobbyist programmer and present Flash to those that might not even know a programming language – I do have code samples and downloadable source on this site. My mission for this blog was to be a journal of my projects, ideas, experiences, and share my discoveries along the way. I do not intend to create an instruction manual, teach programming, or provide game development materials – at least not in blog form (its chronological nature just doesn’t lend well to a course of study or reference guide). However, since I can now convince people to pay me to program in Flash, I can certainly put you on the path to master this platform.
MOAR!!!

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MMOFallout Interview


Aug 14

Posted: under Opinion.

I am still not sure if I am worthy of being interviewed, sure I am in the games industry but I haven’t exactly been a part of anything wildly successful yet (not that I haven’t been trying). However, I got to talking with the author of MMOFallout after he picked up my post about the calamitous end of the Net Devil Studio. Here is a link to the published interview.
MOAR!!!

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