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Android’s 64-bit requirement puts pressure on Adobe

UPDATE: Enter the Harman – Since writing this post, Samsung subsidiary Harman finally waded in to announce they will take over development of the AIR platform on a commercial basis. This should bring better support and more frequent updates, as a commercial model for AIR makes more sense than as a vanity project for Adobe. Read the community’s feedback here.

And Harman have just released their official AIR SDK version 33 with 64-bit support for Android!


 

Google recently reiterated that, when Android Q launches, they’ll start enforcing a requirement for all Android apps using native code to provide a 64-bit version as they phase out 32-bit support. As you’d expect, this has far-reaching implications for app developers, depending on the languages and libraries they use – particularly for Unity and Adobe AIR developers. Continue reading Android’s 64-bit requirement puts pressure on Adobe


 

Sneaky tricks for developing on small devices: ‘Bitmap Folding’

One of the most problematic constraints when developing applications for resource constrained devices, such as mobile or Set Top Box is ‘video memory’.

You often will not have control over how much video memory is allocated to your application, or what the fallback behaviour is when your application uses too much. Continue reading Sneaky tricks for developing on small devices: ‘Bitmap Folding’

YouView – Smart TV UI

YouView is a Smart TV service in the UK, a spin-off of a BBC RnD project which runs on Set Top Boxes and certain Smart TVs. I worked on the core UI for years and thought I’d share some insights into best practices when building applications for such resource constrained devices.

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Loan Shark – fast object pooling utility

LoanShark AS3 Object Pooling UtilityA couple of years ago, I created an object pooling utility for a games project I was building in AS3. Since then, I’ve used it quite a few times, in order to speed up apps and improve resource management, easing the load on the garbage collector by reusing objects instead of recreating them. Continue reading Loan Shark – fast object pooling utility

How the hell do I build this?

I had a conversation yesterday with a friend and colleague about how his company should standardise their development environment for all Flashers – be they contract or perm, junior to senior.

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Dependency Injection by Extension pattern

The problem

You need to use some kind of Dependency Injection (DI for short) to provision some System Under Test (SUT for short) in tests you’re writing, but can’t or don’t want to use a DI framework to do so.

Alternative titles for this post include:

  • Dependency Injection without a Dependency Injection framework
  • Why misusing the default namespace for tests is evil
  • Make code more testable without completely messing it up

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A History of the World

Explore 2 million years of human history in a completely new way.

I just finished a new project, called A History of the World in 100 Objects. It’s a joint venture between BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum, to chart human history in a new way. Continue reading A History of the World