Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Getting Animated

In an attempt to provide some relief for my brain which is quickly frying due to: (in no particular order)

  • The extreme heat in the North East
  • Being short-staffed at work due to openings, illness, new babies, and vacations
  • Trying to learn too many new technologies at once

I've decided to animate my logo. While this may sounds like a simple task, I've decided to do an animated version of the wandering fishbowl using Action Script 2.0. The first question that probably popped into your mind is, "Why? Wouldn't just doing an animated .gif be easier?" The answer is, "Yes, it would be easier". But that's not really the point. The point of this blog is to give me a place to try things out that I've not done before. I started learning Action Script when ColdFusion MX 7 came out because I could forsee a time when Action Script skills would be as important for a CF developer as HTML skills are now. With the recent release of Flex 2, I'm more certain than ever that this will be the case.

Creating an AS version of the logo gives me an opportunity to continue to work on those skills without having to delve in to Flex 2 (yet). Beyond that, I'm thinking that ultimately I'm going to end up with smoother and more randomly animated image than I could using more traditional methods. Time will tell, and I'll post samples as they become available.

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