29 May 2007
Derek was selected by the community for our first Developer Spotlight for his work with Flex and Ruby on Rails.
Derek is a Senior Manager of Electronic Products at Wolters Kluwer Health, where he manages and leads the development of Flex and Flash-based products. Derek has been creating applications using the Flash platform since 2000 and Rails since early 2006. He runs a blog on using Flex with Ruby on Rails, and he helps run the Flex side of the Philly Flash Platform Users Group.
In the following interview, we asked Derek a bit about his background and vision.
I primarily use Flex 2. For my job I sometimes have to some work with Flash 8 or Dreamweaver, but I try to stick to using Flex as much as possible.
My publicly available projects include:
That Flex makes it insanely easy to create rich, DRY, data-driven interfaces that can be delivered on the web and/or on the desktop (via Apollo).
My favorite electronic gadget is probably my Prius.
Adobe could open source all of their developer technologies (including Live Cycle Data Services and Flash Media Server), and work towards making AMF and RTMP open standards. I would LOVE that. Other than that I would like to see Adobe focus developing productivity frameworks and RAD tools that make it even easier to quickly create compelling RIAs.
A tool or framework that makes it possible to develop richer applications with less code. The easier it is for developers to create compelling applications the more revolutionary applications there will be.