7 July 2008
While Robert is away tending to the birth of his newborn child, (congrats Robert!) I'm stepping in for the Metablog column. In this issue, I'll be covering upcoming events as well as recent, software releases, useful articles, and tutorials that were posted in the past 6 weeks that you have to know about as an RIA developer.
360|Flex is fast approaching, and time is running out to register for this awesome event. Taking place August 18 – 20 in San Jose, CA, 360|Flex offers a great chance to learn more about Adobe® Flex® software and meet members of the Adobe Flex team. The sessions are highly technical, and presented by experts in Flex development, including Ben Stucki, Chet Haase, Jeff Tapper, Justin Everett-Church, Ryan Stewart, Tony Hillerson, and many more. Sign up today and plan on attending this great event.
If your development work includes more than just a focus on Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR™ software , you definitely don't want to miss Adobe MAX 2008 This year's conference is in San Francisco, California, from November 16 – 19. Last year's event in Chicago had over 3,000 developer attendees – this year's event is intended to be bigger and better than ever. Attend technical sessions on many Adobe products, meet the team events where you can meet members of the product teams, and participate in an array of social activities. This is definitely one conference you don't want to miss. Registration is open now, and space is limited, so register early.
Adobe released an update to Adobe AIR on Monday, June 16th. Adobe AIR 1.1 includes improved international support – with install and other runtime dialog boxes translated into Brazilian, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. You can get a complete list of updates in the AIR 1.1 FAQ .
Earlier in June, Adobe introduced Acrobat.com, a set of web applications written in Flex that compliment the upcoming release of Adobe Acrobat 9 software. Acrobat.com includes Adobe Buzzword® software , an online word processing application, Adobe ConnectNow, a web conferencing application, CreatePDF, an online tool for (not surprisingly) creatinge PDF documents, and "Share", an online file sharing tool to share files. You can start using these applications online now at http://www.acrobat.com/. Adobe Acrobat 9 should be available by the time you read this.
The Flex 3 Cookbook Cook-Off contest started June 2nd and is already attracting a lot of interest, and entries. Publish your Flex code on the Flex Cookbook and you could win one of four prizes, with the grand prize being a trip to MAX in San Francisco and $500 in O’Reilly books. The contest runs until August 1st, so you’ve only got a few weeks left. Get your entries in now by heading to the Flex Cookbook and submitting your Flex code to the site.
Lifehacker, a popular blog focused on tech tips and tricks, and GTD (getting things done), highlighted its top 10 Adobe AIR applications. Check out their Lifehacker list to see if it matches your list of top AIR applications.
ReadWriteWeb meanwhile had posted an article focused on six applications for the corporate desktop. The ReadWriteWeb list highlighted the company directory sample application (which I use nearly every day here at Adobe), and applications from Salesforce and NASDAQ.
Ted Patrick posted some screenshots of Thermo, a new product under development at Adobe to help make designing RIA applications easier.
Finally, the Flex product team announced a new beta version of Flex.org that is available for testing. By the time you read this it should have replaced the existing Flex.org site, so visit Flex.org and check out the new site.!
James Ward and Dick Wall from the Java Posse have developed a simple proof of concept showing an Adobe AIR application, written with Adobe Flex, interacting with a server hosted on the Google App Engine.
Christophe Coenraets posted a cool tutorial to the Adobe Flex Developer Center on how to create a live help/call center application with Flex and BlazeDS. If you're interested in real-time data messaging and the other things you can do with BlazeDS, you'll want to read this article.
That's it for this month's issue. Robert should be back for the next issue. Until then, if you have great content for Flex, be sure to add it to Flex.org.