Recently I’ve really been enjoying this video series by Google Developers Live. It’s called Make Web Magic, and it is a series of interviews with talented HTML5 developers who have released great work (usually on the Chrome Experiments site). To date there are three interviews on there. The host is Paul Irish (someone who knows what they are talking about) and it is a great way to pick up tips and tricks used by the experts. Check out the videos …
You may have noticed recently that Google have been advertising their Chrome browser on TV. The advert I saw showed a chap called Edward Lewis (fictional I presume) sending emails to his newly born daughter, Hollie. All very cute and sentimental, ahhhh. If you didn’t see it you can watch it on YouTube here.
But you have to feel sorry for poor Mr Lewis (who is doing his best to provide his little girl with a valuable commentary of her early years), because at every turn Google are out to mess with his mind!
First of all he creates a new gMail account for Hollie with the username ‘dear.hollie’, only to find she already has 32 emails waiting for her in her inbox!
Secondly, he has been busy recording special moments of Hollie on his trust camcorder and diligently uploading them to YouTube for her to watch when she is older. We see him logged in to YouTube as ‘Edwardlewis599′ and he has already uploaded 11 clips.
Thirdly, at 42 seconds in, we see Mr Lewis trying to find where he needs to take his princess for her ‘First Day At School’. Obviously, not wanting to turn up at the wrong place he does a search using the Chrome browser address bar for ‘Park Road Primary School’.
Last Wednesday (12th Jan 2011) Google released an API for accessing their goo.gl URL shortening service, which is great for web developers. However, for us Flash developers things aren’t quite so simple as it is for everyone else. This is due to the security restrictions imposed when accessing the goo.gl domain. There is a crossdomain policy file at the root of their server (http://goo.gl/crossdomain.xml) but it is very restrictive and of no use to us, causing security errors inside your Flash movie once it has been deployed online.
So I have written an ActionScript class and PHP script which makes the whole process easier for everybody. Here is a demo of it in action …