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May 2009 be as good as 2008

Well, 2008 was a really good year for me, I got to work on nice projects (HomeDepot, Viagra, TELUS) and this blog’s audience grew nicely. I had an objective of getting 10k visits each month at the beginning of January 2009 and I finally got 150% percent that, so 15 000 visits. I can say that everything rolled my way nicely this year.

I know 2009 is supposed to be a tought year considering the recession and all, but I am confident that I will do well no matter what. A couple of things can explain this confidence, first I see the bunch of projects that I have lined in front of me for the comming months which will provide me work until the second half of the year. Also witnessing how much I improved this year technically speaking, I can’t imagine where I will be next year. All in all 2009 will be a good year.

So, as all starting year post I will set myself new objectives. Writting them here will give me more incentives to attain them in order to protect my pride. I guess my first objective will be to augment the attendance to this blog to 35 ooo visits a month. That is a bit bigger than doubling what I have right now. My second objective would be to write 2 – 3 articles for other publication¬† like the one I did for InsideRIA. I would also like to start looking for speaking opportunities, I don’t put to much emphasis on that one but my long term goal is to give a presentation (about topic like SEO, Google Analytics for Flash, PureMVC) in a conference somewhere in 2010. My last goal would be to look around for MBAs that I might find interesting. I always wanted to do a master degree, but since I started working that thought as been pushed back a bit, but I think next year might be a good year to go back to school; at least part time.

I also have some personal objectives like going to the gym more often and eating better, but that is of lesser interest to this blog.

I hope you all get a good 2009 year and that the recession does not darken to much what you see for yourself in the coming year.

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Gingerbread house builder – TELUS holiday 2008 card

Just a quick post, while it is still the time, to bring you to the Gingerbread house builder we did for TELUS. I think it is a pretty little piece of flash that is fun and will make you smile. As it is the costum with holiday cards, the deadline was really tight but I think we managed well. This small rich internet application is packed with features that if you don’t stop to look, you won’t notice.

First the send to friend option actually sends a picture of the gingerbread house you built which was very nice to program. I had to take a screenshot(bitmapData.draw) of the House MovieClip encode it in JPEG (using as3corelib) and send it to the server. Next nifty detail is the print version of the recipe which also includes a picture of your creation. It wasn’t something really complicated to do considering I mostly used the send to friend code and put it in a PrintJob. Lastly, to save the recipe to PDF, instead of simply doing a navigateToURL to the PDF location, which would have opened a new tab in the browser with the PDF in it, I used FileReference.download to pop the download window so that the file is directly downloaded.

Independently these attentions might not seem like much, but if you put it all together the user won’t notice it but he will still feel this is a better application, without knowing why. Don’t get me wrong, I’m am not saying that the TELUS holiday card is the best application out there; I am saying that paying attention to details is what makes the difference between a nice application and a great one.

In that sense, I think there are stuff we could have done better. Mostly sound wise, to emphasize the meerkat (that is the name of the current TELUS critter) sneaking to take a bite on your gingerbread house. I’m not good at all in audio and when it comes to it I need help, and sound is somewhat not needed to make a website / application functionnal and beautiful, so it is often forgotten. But I will make sure in following projects to give it the proper time.

As I always do here is a list of the libraries I used to build it:

Well that’s it, enjoy your holidays, I surely will!

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