SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Grant Skinner's colorgasm Flash visualization may lead to gratuitous brain stimulation and an infectious head-bob.
It's difficult for some to imagine just how far we've progressed in the world of technology. To put things in perspective, the devices we carry around in our pockets today out-perform, on an exponential scale, computers of the 60s, 70s, and even the 80s. Embedded systems came along for the ride and Flash is riding shotgun.
Want to flow data from an embedded system to Flash... I have an approach that is easy enough - kittens could do it. No joke - KITTENS!
Getting Flash and an embedded system to talk to each other sounds really interesting right? …if it weren't for all the barriers that prevent it. The solution I have for you today is wrapped up in four little words: man-in-the-middle.
Let's discuss an easy-cheesy way to talk to microcontrollers from Flash... something that doesn't require a serial proxy and policy server. Sound good?
Do you remember 7th grade... and that cute girl you sat behind in social studies? Yeah... the one you didn't have the guts to talk face-to-face to. All I can say, is that passing 'notes' saved your ham. Period.
Have you touched an embedded system today? Chances are you have... and you didn't even know it.
Not a new topic you say? Microcontrollers with web / socket interfaces have been around for a while - but I haven't seen anyone connecting the dots in a a way that makes sense for general consumption by Flash, Flex, and AIR developers.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...
Are you having problems with line numbers not scrolling or breakpoints disappearing in Eclipse? I got a patch for you then...