Thursday, December 25, 2008

How to attachMovie in AS3

In this example I will show you how to add a movieClip to your flash AS3 as you would in AS2 which use the attachMovie function.


var testClip:MovieClip = new clips();

testClip.x = 200;
testClip.y = 200;

and then do this:

Get to properties of the movie clip by right clicking at the item at your library. Give the movieClip a name and click at the 'export for actionScript checkbox.

The class name will be generated automatically for you.

Your done. You may test your movie..

Take note that "var testClip:MovieClip = new clips();" the 'clips()' are actually the class name as in the properties box.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Cool PNG fix for IE6

This fix will automatically apply to all background images as well as in img tags:

SuperSleight adds a number of new and useful features that have come from the day-to-day needs of working with PNGs.

* Works with both inline and background images, replacing the need for both sleight and bgsleight
* Will automatically apply position: relative to links and form fields if they don’t already have position set. (Can be disabled.)
* Can be run on the entire document, or just a selected part where you know the PNGs are. This is better for performance.
* Detects background images set to no-repeat and sets the scaleMode to crop rather than scale.
* Can be re-applied by any other JavaScript in the page – useful if new content has been loaded by an Ajax request.


Getting SuperSleight running on a page is quite straightforward, you just need to link the supplied JavaScript file (or the minified version if you prefer) into your document inside conditional comments so that it is delivered to only Internet Explorer 6 or older.

<!--[if lte IE 6]>
<script type="text/javascript" src="supersleight-min.js"></script>

Download :

Flash as3 load xml data

This is how we load xml to flash using actionScript 3.0

//Create the loader, set dataFormat to text
//and listen when data is loaded
var loader:URLLoader = new URLLoader()
loader.dataFormat = URLLoaderDataFormat.TEXT
loader.addEventListener(Event.COMPLETE, onLoadXML)
loader.load(new URLRequest("anastasio.xml"))
function onLoadXML(ev:Event){
//Convert the downloaded text into an XML        
var myXML:XML = new XML(      
var list:XMLList =     
//walks the list and show in textfields    
for(var i=0; i<list.length(); i++){         
//trace(list[i].@name+"-"+list[i].comments+" - "+list[i].image)           
this["Title_txt"+i].text = list[i].@name          
this["Comments_txt"+i].text = list[i].comments         
var loader:Loader = new Loader()         
loader.load(new URLRequest(list[i].image))                

} catch (e:TypeError){       
//Could not convert the data, probavlu because       
//because is not formated correctly       
trace("Could not parse the XML")        

:::::::another way:::::::

var xmlloader = new URLLoader();
xmlloader.addEventListener(Event.COMPLETE, handleComplete);
xmlloader.load(new URLRequest("test.xml"));

function handleComplete(e:Event):void {
var xDoc:XMLDocument = new XMLDocument();
xDoc.ignoreWhite = true;
var theXML:XML = XML(;
var value1 = new Array();
var value2 = new Array();
var value3 = new Array();
var value4 = new Array();
var value5 = new Array();

for (var v:Number = 0; v < xDoc.firstChild.childNodes.length; v++) {
value1.push(xDoc.firstChild.childNodes[v].childNodes[0].firstChild.nodeValue); value2.push(xDoc.firstChild.childNodes[v].childNodes[1].firstChild.nodeValue); value3.push(xDoc.firstChild.childNodes[v].childNodes[2].firstChild.nodeValue); value4.push(xDoc.firstChild.childNodes[v].childNodes[3].firstChild.nodeValue); value5.push(xDoc.firstChild.childNodes[v].childNodes[4].firstChild.nodeValue);


.htaccess usage

The .htaccess files (Hypertext Access file) is a very powerful configuration tool on Apache web server. The Apache web server has a number of configuration options that are available to the server administrator. The .htaccess is a simple ASCII text file placed in your website root directory. You can create and edit an .htaccess file using a text editor like notepad.

Here in this blog post I have come up with useful 16 tips and hacks to configure your web server.

As a configuration file .htaccess if a very powerful and a slight syntax error can result in a severe malfunction of your server. So to avoid that always try to keep a backup copies of all your files from the server before working with the .htaccess file.

1. Creating a custom error page with .htaccess on a linux apache is a very simple task. Using you a text editor like notepad you create an .htaccess files. Custom error pages give your website an professional look and catch those visitors who reach your website following a back link.

ErrorDocument 401 /error/401.php

ErrorDocument 403 /error/403.php

ErrorDocument 404 /error/404.php

ErrorDocument 500 /error/500.php

2. How to set the timezone on your server

SetEnv TZ America/Houston

3. Block IPs Using htaccess

Sometime you need to block certain IPs from accessing your entire site or directory. Its pretty simple task. All you have to do is inside the .htaccess file is put the following code.

allow from all

deny from

deny from 124.15

If you use the whole IP or a part of the IP to block and add the new ones in a new line.

When someone trying to access your site from the banned ip they will get a 403 error access forbidden message.

4. SEO Friendly 301 permanent redirects for bad/old links and moved links

Redirect 301 /d/file.html

5. Set the Email Address for the Server Administrator - Using this code you can specifying the default email address for the server administrator.

ServerSignature EMail


6. Hotlinking protection with .htaccess is very important because anyone can hot link to your images and eat up all your bandwith of your server. The following code will help you to prevent that.

Options +FollowSymlinks

# Protect Hotlinking

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?domainname\.com/ [nc]

RewriteRule .*\.(gif|jpg|png)$ [nc]

7. Block all requests from user agent - by creating a perfect .htaccess ban list, you can block all of unwanted user agents that will keep your server load down. Also Check out this interesting thread on webmaster world about the  228 user agents ban list.

## .htaccess Code :: BEGIN

## Block Bad Bots by user-Agent

SetEnvIfNoCase user-Agent ^FrontPage [NC,OR]

SetEnvIfNoCase user-Agent ^Java.* [NC,OR]

SetEnvIfNoCase user-Agent ^Microsoft.URL [NC,OR]

SetEnvIfNoCase user-Agent ^MSFrontPage [NC,OR]

SetEnvIfNoCase user-Agent ^Offline.Explorer [NC,OR]

SetEnvIfNoCase user-Agent ^[Ww]eb[Bb]andit [NC,OR]

SetEnvIfNoCase user-Agent ^Zeus [NC]


Order Allow,Deny

Allow from all

Deny from env=bad_bot


## .htaccess Code :: END

8. Redirect everyone to different site except few IP
-If you want to redirect all the visitors to a different IP. Also give access to certain  few IPs. You can use the code below

ErrorDocument 403

Order deny,allow

Deny from all

Allow from

Allow from

9. Don’t want to display download request - Usually when you try to download something from a web server you get a request asking whether you want to save the file or open it.

To avoid that you can use the below code on your .htaccess file.

AddType application/octet-stream .pdf

AddType application/octet-stream .zip

AddType application/octet-stream .mov

10. Change the file type - Make any file be a certain kind of file type Makes image.jpg, index.html, default.cgi all act as php

<Files test>

ForceType application/x-httpd-php

SetHandler application/x-httpd-php


11. Block access to your .htaccess file - By adding he following code to your htaccess file will prevent attempts to access your htaccess file. This extra layer of security protects your htaccess file by displaying a 403 error message on the browser.

# secure htaccess file

<Files .htaccess>

 order allow,deny

 deny from all


12. Protect access to certain specific file on your server - this can be done by adding the below mentioned code. For example you want to block with the file name default.jpg This will prevent the viewing of this file.

# prevent access of a certain file

<files default.jpg>

 order allow,deny

 deny from all


13. Prevent access to unauthorized browsing - Protecting specific directory browsing can be done by intructing the server to serve a Forbidden and Authorization required message while anyone requests to view that particular directory. Usually if you site doesn’t have a default index page any files within that directory is accessible to the visitors. To avoid that use the following code in the .htaccess file.

# disable directory browsing

Options All -Indexes

14. Setting the default page
- You can set the default page of a directory to any page you like. For example in this code the default page is set as about.html instead of index.html

# serve alternate default index page

DirectoryIndex about.html

15. Password protect your directories and files
- You can create authentication for certain files and directories from being access. The code has examples of both password protection for a single file and password protection for a entire directory.

# to protect a file

<Files secure.php>

AuthType Basic

AuthName “Prompt”

AuthUserFile /home/path/.htpasswd

Require valid-user


# password-protect a directory


AuthType basic

AuthName “This directory is protected”

AuthUserFile /home/path/.htpasswd

AuthGroupFile /dev/null

Require valid-user

16. Redirect an old domain to a new domain
- Using htaccess file you can redirect a old domain name to a new domain by adding the following code into the htaccess file. Basically what it does is it will remap the old domain to the new one.

# redirect from old domain to new domain

RewriteEngine On

RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

As htaccess files are very powerful, even a slightest syntax error can cause sever malfunction of your server. So it is crucial to take the backup copies of everything before you try the hacks and tricks on your hypertext access files.

How to compress CSS files

The Reinhold Weber method

This is the best method for me do far and it's cool:

header('Content-type: text/css');
function compress($buffer) {
/* remove comments */
$buffer = preg_replace('!/\*[^*]*\*+([^/][^*]*\*+)*/!', '', $buffer);
/* remove tabs, spaces, newlines, etc. */
$buffer = str_replace(array("\r\n", "\r", "\n", "\t", ' ', ' ', ' '), '', $buffer);
return $buffer;

/* your css files */


CSS Hacks

The hacks:


*html body { <- only ie6 sees this
color: #FF0000;

*:first-child+html body { <- only ie7 sees this
color: #FF0000;

body:nth-of-type(1) body { <- only safari and chrome see this
color: #FF0000;

body {
_color: #FF0000; <- only ie6 sees this

more info: