November 22, 2002
This is WACK

The reason that I was quite silent during the last days is called WACK. It is something that my colleague Manfred Weber and me here at coma2 are working on. We think that it might be quite useful.

WACK means "Window Application Control Kit" and does what it says: Windows. But we think that it will do that quite well and flexible. It will be a component, it will be free and it will be available soon on Unfortunately I have to leave in a hurry, so here is something I quickly hacked together... Comments are welcome indeed.

Posted at November 22, 2002 05:32 PM | Further reading

You guys might be interested in checking out my application framework for ideas and inspiration. I am currently building FlashOS2, which includes a set of flash RAD "modules", including: the OS (basically a resource and settings loading, initializing and management system), windows, menus, tooltips, content panes, debugger, screen manager, and more - all built around documented APIs.

You will be able to view information on it within the next day or two at my site (which should be going live today or tomorrow - it's late by a few days *grin*).

FlashOS2 is a complete re-write, and re-think of my FlashOS1 project (Flash 5), which is still accessible at

This isn't meant to be a personal plug. Just thought you might be interested to see a similar project.


Posted by: Grant Skinner on November 22, 2002 07:07 PM

Of course I know FlashOS - who doesn't? It's great and I guess that we will not get close to what you have already accomplished. I already wondered when you would release the MX version of it. I'm looking forward to see how you solved certain things...

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on November 23, 2002 04:42 PM

Didn't know I was so famous. ;)

Finally got the new site up (though missing a lot of content). Has some limited info on FlashOS2, including some early screen shots, descriptions, and an older entity map. The new site is actually built in FlashOS2 - though it only uses a few of it's resources.

I'll also be open-sourcing a lot of FlashOS1 (much to my own embarassment - it's not the best code on earth) in the near future, along with some of my other past projects.

btw: your site isn't displaying properly today in IE5.2 for MacOS10.2. Can send you a screen grab if you'd like.

Grant Skinner.

Posted by: Grant Skinner on November 26, 2002 12:05 PM

I am going to be looking over both projects as we need this for a RAD template engine we need for an e-learning project. I have been watching closely FlashOS X :) but I would love to hear more on WACK.

Looking forward to seeing more soon :)

Thanks and yes, Grant you are quite well known in these circles.

Posted by: Jason Key on December 4, 2002 05:55 AM
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