Continious Integration for Flash and Flex

Lately I’ve been working with CruiseControl, a continuous integration tool, and unit testing (ASUnit and FlexUnit) for our ActionScript 2, ActionScript 3/Flex projects. With the help of a couple of some great posts from eyefodder and Peter Martin, I’ve finally come up with a nice little system that isn’t too much of a headache to set up and is very easy to maintain once it is set up.

When I get some real time, I’ll be sure to blog about the set up and give some walk-throughs on how to get everything up and running.

The basic ‘gist’ of continuous integration is:

To build your code as soon as it changes. This helps to identify problems with the source code as quickly as possible after the problem is introduced. By introducting unit tests into the build process, you add more integrity to the build as well as your code.

So, like I said as soon as I get some real time, I’ll be sure to put together some set up information.

Handling Different File Types in Apollo

So, I’ve finally snagged some time to whip out a post about dealing with different file types with the File API in Apollo AIR.

The contents of a file can be read into a ByteArray and manipulated there. For example if we had a simple text file we could read in its contents to a ByteArray with the following code:
var bytes:ByteArray = new ByteArray(); // Create our ByteArray that will hold our file data

var myFile:File = File.appResourceDirectory; // Create out file object and tell our File Object where to look for the file
myFile = myFile.resolve(“mySampleFile.txt”); // Point it to an actual file

var fileStream:FileStream = new FileStream(); // Create our file stream, FileMode.READ);

fileStream.readBytes(bytes, 0, fileStream.bytesAvailable);

You should see something that looks like the following image when you run this code:

If we wanted to out put some of the data in the ByteArray we could add the following:
for(var i:Number = 0; i <= 9; i++)
trace(“Byte Data: ” + ObjectUtil.toString(bytes[i]));
This would jsut output the first 9 items int he ByteArray. So, you’d see something like the following:

I asked myself, well what good is that? We’ll lets say the file you were reading was a PNG. You could figure out how to write that file data out to the PNG file format, or you could check out the AS3 libraries that has a PNG and JPEG encoder already.With that said you now have control…hold that, TOTAL control of the file as you read/write the bytes to/from a file.

In my previous posts (Reading a File & Reading a file Asynchronously), the file contents were read into a String variable. This was accomplished with the FileStream readMultiByte() method.

The readMultiByte(length:uint, charSet:String) method takes two (2) parameters:

  1. length: uint – The number of bytes to read from the stream
  2. charSet: String – The String specifying the character set to use to interpret the bytes read from the stream. I’m looking for a nice list of supported character sets, but have yet to find them. I’ll let you know when I do. For now we can use the livedoc examples of "shift-jis", "cn-gb" & "iso-8859-1".

We’ve checked out reading image data and text data, you could extend either of these to accommodate most situations. I’ll keep playing and if I run into anything I’ll be sure to add to this series.