Posts Tagged ‘beta’

Multithreading in ActionScript 3.0: A Bad Idea?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

One of the most talked about features in the new Flash Player 11.4 beta is the new concurrency model which allows developers to spawn worker threads to handle intensive operations. While many people are singing the praises of multithreading, I can't help but to feel like this may not be such a great thing.

I've always had certain misgivings about multithreading. Without question, threading has become common practice for achieving performance gains through parallelism in programming. However, just because something becomes accepted practice does not necessarily mean that it's a good thing. If you want an exhaustive look into the topic, I recommend reading Edward A. Lee's report The Problem with Threads. The author is a distinguished professor and former chair of Berkeley's Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department. (more…)

ExternalInterface Bug in IE 9 Fixed

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

With the recent IE 9 release candidate, Microsoft has fixed the issue I mentioned earlier where it was not possible to send data from JavaScript into Flash via ExternalInterface calls. The new version of the browser earns passing marks on my IE 9 test page. You can grab the IE 9 RC1 right here.

ExternalInterface Bug in IE 9 Beta – Update

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

I decided to take the IE 9 beta for a spin a few months back and discovered something most unpleasant: ExternalInterface calls are busted by Microsoft's new browser. (more…)

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