AS3 Course with Hoss Gifford: Day 1

Today I attended an ActionScript 3 course kindly run by Hoss Gifford out of basically the goodness of his heart!

We ran through the basics of developing a quick ActionScript 3 project in FDT. My my, what a total revelation! FDT... where have you been all my life! When Hoss said that FDT literally wrote half of his code for him I thought he was using artistic licence. But it was no word of a lie! FDT is magic, it just knows what you are thinking! It cuts out out so much of the tedium and head scratching from stupid errors. Now I have seen FDT in action there is no way back!

Hoss also introduced us to a concept called “cognitive footprint” which was one of those revelations that made you think doh! How come I haven’t formalised that thought before. Probably because I always assume that other coders are just these big brains with endless capacity. But the basic rationale is that headspace for complex abstract thinking is a finite commodity in any one session... and so try and save that headspace for the good stuff, simplify, simplify and simplify so that you don't use up that valuable space! And don't make life harder for yourself by always taking the “right” route. Sometimes the right route is the quick and dirty way and doesn't need to be anything else. No apologies required!

All in all today was like getting a hug and told you are alright after all! A lot of the things that I have been doing are actually right and I've learned a hell of a lot too. As well of course the added bonus of meeting some very nice Flash Developers.

Looking forward to getting stuck in tomorrow and getting my head around flash on IOS! Yes, its true! Ipad here I come!

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