Monday, February 27, 2006

Head First Mach-II Captivate Presentation

For those of you who can't attend cf.objective() and see me and Peter Farrell present "Head First Mach-II" live, here's a rough cut of me doing the presentation solo (49 MB) in Captivate. This is my first real shot at doing this sort of thing in Captivate so please be kind. ;-) If you want to follow along with the code here's a zip of that as well.

Some general comments:

  • I used a cheap headset mic on the PowerPoint portions and a much better one on the code portions, hence the sound quality difference. I think both sound pretty good, with the "worse" of the two making me sound a bit like I shoved the mic up my nose. This is also the lowest audio quality setting in Captivate, but don't let all my hemming and hawing scare you off; it actually sounds quite good.

  • The Captivate slides that involved the web browser and in one case the code didn't seem to refresh properly when I went from one screen to another or scrolled the code. Not a major deal, just realize that at the end when I said "you successfully logged in" and the screen still shows "your login failed," I'm not losing my mind.

  • It's a big file, but it's about an hour long so it's a pretty reasonable size considering how much I rambled.

  • I've had plans to do this for months but never found the time to write up a formal script as I wanted to, so I decided to wing it and get it out there rather than wait for time that was never going to come to perfect the prose. What's a few "ums" among friends anyway?

I had fun doing this and already have plans to do a few more, so I hope those of you interested in Mach-II find this useful. I'll keep the future ones a bit more focused and therefore shorter or I'll split long ones out into sections to keep the file size smaller. Let me know what you think!


What hit me first thing this morning that I need to add is a diagram at the end of the code section to show how all the objects relate to one another. I'll get that added tonight and integrate it into the presentation but also make it available as a separate download for those who have already downloaded the 49 MB beast.

Hey Matt,
I'm in the middle of your presentation right now and I have to say that I'm in love with the idea so far. I am on of those top down coders but I'm looking to branch out. Thanks for putting this together!


I just finishing watching your "Head First Mach-ii" presentation all the way through, and I plan on watching it again. It was very well done, and I would like to add that I am GLAD you decided not to script everything out. I prefer the style you presented in -- it was a nice conversational tone. Save yourself the time of worrying about scripting things out in the future and just let'em rip!

I've been on the look out for additional Mach-ii captivate presentations so I look forward to the next one. Keep up the great work, and honestly, thank you very much for your efforts.

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