This past week, I came across the Flixel engine for Flash game development. I have been looking for something to kelp me speed up development on our game and this looked to be the most promising of the engines I had found.
However, according to the download page, they did not have a IDE based solution to getting Flixel to work in my set up of Ubuntu Linux, Eclipse Helios and AXDT. So I decided to take a stab at getting it up and running myself.
The solution turned out to be easier than I thought it would be, but I need to start from the beginning.
First I am running Ubuntu 11.04 64bit. This version of Linux only has Eclipse 3.5 Galileo in its repositories. So I had to download 3.6 myself. Now when you download Eclipse 3.6, (as of this article, Eclipse is on 3.7. I have not tested this with 3.7 so take caution if you go that route. 3.6 should still be available.) make sure you do not get the Classic version because it doesn’t have the Eclipse Marketplace. Without that, you can’t get AXDT.
Once you download and install Eclipse, follow the installation instructions on the AXDT website to install it. Very simple.
You can actually start programming flash games now. However, we aren’t done yet. Read more
Well, I am back up and running. Turns out the problem had little to do with Ubuntu 11.04 and more to do with Firefox 4.
Firefox 4 upgraded to XULRunner 2 and Eclipse is only compatible with 1. So the built in web browser didn’t work.
I found a site that help me figure it out. He had the steps necessary to upgrade Eclipse to work with Firefox 4. I did have to download the latest version of eclipse, Helios, as Ubuntu only has Galileo.
I am really not sure why the Ubuntu Repositories are always so far behind in app versions. It is really annoying.
Well, now that development is back on track, I hope to have some updates on the actual game soon. I will keep you informed.
As you may have gathered from our philosophy here that I am a Linux user. Specifically I run Ubuntu. Usually it is a pretty nice running OS and I rarely have any issues with it. That is not the case recently.
Back in April, Ubuntu released version 11.04 and it has been nothing but frustration. The first problem that happened when I upgraded from 10.10 to 11.04 was all the sound was shut off. I was not able to get any sound from any part of the OS. As far as I could tell in my hours of research and debugging was that everything was fine.
Finally after about 2 weeks of no sound, I stumbled across a suggestion that I check user permissions. So I did and there it was. Ubuntu decided in its infinite wisdom that no users should be able to hear sound unless you explicitly tell it they can. Seriously, why is that even a setting. Is there some reason why you would want certain users not to be able to play audio? Is there some reason why this setting would have been set to off by default for all users? I still can’t get start up sounds to play, but I at least have sound when logged in. Read more