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Flex summit – updates on the open source strategy and runtimes

 
“Challenges that bring great opportunities” is how I’d summarize what I’ve seen of the Flex summit so far.

Adobe has invited some key Flex community members and enterprise partners to discuss the open source strategy around Flex and shed light on its commitment to the Flash Platform runtimes.

Here is some of the more interesting news that came out of the discussions:

 

  • Adobe has legal clearance to submit Flex to the Apache Software Foundation, the incubation proposal will be submitted in the coming weeks
  • Adobe will not be offering any commercial support contracts for Flex 4.6 and higher, though will honor existing contracts and continue offering support for the foreseeable future.
     
  • Flash Builder is continuing to be developed, the next version will not have Design View
     
  • Flash Catalyst is being discontinued
     
  • Adobe is investigating HTML5 but doesn’t have a framework in the pipeline that would allow migrating enterprise Flex functionality.
     
  • Danny Winokur acknowledges Adobe’s communication blunder and resulting trust deficit
     
  • Adobe wants to continue to innovate with the Flash Platform, gaming and premium video are features that will drive it – but will not be limited to just those areas.
     
  • There is a firm commitment to AIR on Android, iOS and BlackBerry PlayBook.
     
  • Discussion with Microsoft is ongoing about AIR application support in Windows 8 Metro.
     
  • Falcon compiler is under development, current timeline is early second half 2012 for AS3 support, late 2012 for MXML. Based on the discussions at the summit, there is a keen interest to get Falcon contributed as open source and have the community help work on it.
     
  • Falcon JS is a research project and Adobe seems very reluctant in making any promises that this will turn into a viable product to cross compile real world applications to HTML/CSS/SVG/JS.
     

If the news about Flex going open source came at any other time, I believe just about everyone in the community would be jumping for joy. The fact that it was announced in the wake of a general sense that Adobe is starting to abandon its Flash Platform technology is what made it problematic. That said, there are certainly valid concerns – especially for the enterprise market that makes huge long term investments and Adobe wil have a tough time reclaiming trust with them.

I was skeptical about what this summit was supposed to achieve but have to say the open discussion has been great and Adobe is clearly looking to find ways to recover from the horrible communication disaster of this last month.

I’d like to thank those attending, Mike Labriola and Leif Wells in particular for being so vocal in representing community frustrations and getting Adobe to acknowledge them.

There’s more news coming out today (here is a live stream and you can ask questions through twitter using the #flexsummit hashtag), I might follow up on developments in a later blog post. In the meanwhile there are recordings available that you can watch of yesterdays discussions.

 
Discussion, Q&A with Danny Winokur
Flash Platform and Flex updates
Falcon and Falcon JS

 

gotoAndSki("Switzerland") 2012 – Simple P2P for the common mortal

I’ve been meaning to attend gotoAndSki for several years now, but it never seemed to work out – until now. If you don’t know about this unique event you should definitely check it out! In summer it takes place in Norway, in winter in Switzerland.

This coming January 2012 I’ll join a fantastic lineup of speakers (Mario Klingemann, Mihai Corlan, Bhakti Pingale, Michael Plank, Steven Peeters, Dominic Graefen, Hugo Fernandes, Eugene Zatepyakin) in the beautiful town of Stechelberg. Its a relatively small scale conference, giving you excellent opportunity for networking and general “geeking out”.

During the day you can get out and see the Swiss Alps, ski or do other fun activities. The evening is conference time with several sessions over a period of three days.

 
My session is called “Simple P2P with Flash & Flex for the common mortal” and I’ll be showing the latest developments of the CocoonP2P framework. I’ll show how to set up device discovery, messaging, file sharing, video streaming (and hopefully some other cool surprises) between various devices *all without a server*.

The goal is to make it so easy your grandmother could do it – and I think we’ve pretty much accomplished that.

 
I hope to see you there, if you want to make it out – be sure to grab your ticket now – its without a doubt the best conference deal around (not to mention it includes accommodation and all your meals).

 

Adobe MAX sneak peek videos

I took a couple of videos with my Flip cam at the Adobe MAX awards and sneak peeks that I’d thought to share on the blog – Rainn Wilson was hilarious as a guest host and as usual there were some very good examples of technology the teams are experimenting with.



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Looking back on Adobe MAX 2011

 

This was my fifth year attending Adobe MAX, always a great event to catch up on the latest developments when it comes to web and creative tooling. Its also an opportunity to see many friends, fellow enthusiasts in the community who we usually only get to talk to over email or social networks.

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FFK11 – beyond tellerrand

Just two more weeks before this years FFK conference in Cologne, Germany organized by Marc Thiele and Sascha Wolter. I’ve headed over a couple of times to attend workshops but this year I’m lucky enough to present at this great event!

I’m very excited to see the lineup of speakers and put together a draft schedule of sessions I don’t want to miss.

Wednesday April 6th
Adobe Keynote – Mike Chambers, Deepa Subramaniam
The Dawn of A New Era: Flash Builder and Flex SDK 4.5 – Deepa Subramaniam
Improved Technology – Joa Ebert
Integrating Flash and HTML5 – Mike Chambers
Beyond GUI – Wolfgang Henseler

Thursday April 7th
Into the molehill – An inside view – Malte Beyer
The game is on! – Michel Wacker
Don’t Hate the Player – Lee Brimelow
Keeping it Real – David Lenaerts
Exploring the Kinect – Dennis Ippel
Fillings for Rectangles – Brendan Dawes

My own session will be about P2P on the local network without a server using Flash Player and AIR . Its an updated version of the material I presented at Adobe MAX and FlashCamp Chennai.

Hope to see you there, tickets are still available if you didn’t get one yet!

 

FFK11 – beyond tellerrand

Just two more weeks before this years FFK conference in Cologne, Germany organized by Marc Thiele and Sascha Wolter. I’ve headed over a couple of times to attend workshops but this year I’m lucky enough to present at this great event!

I’m very excited to see the lineup of speakers and put together a draft schedule of sessions I don’t want to miss.

Wednesday April 6th
Adobe Keynote – Mike Chambers, Deepa Subramaniam
The Dawn of A New Era: Flash Builder and Flex SDK 4.5 – Deepa Subramaniam
Improved Technology – Joa Ebert
Integrating Flash and HTML5 – Mike Chambers
Beyond GUI – Wolfgang Henseler

Thursday April 7th
Into the molehill – An inside view – Malte Beyer
The game is on! – Michel Wacker
Don’t Hate the Player – Lee Brimelow
Keeping it Real – David Lenaerts
Exploring the Kinect – Dennis Ippel
Fillings for Rectangles – Brendan Dawes

My own session will be about P2P on the local network without a server using Flash Player and AIR . Its an updated version of the material I presented at Adobe MAX and FlashCamp Chennai.

Hope to see you there, tickets are still available if you didn’t get one yet!

 

Adobe MAX 2010 Schedule

This years Adobe MAX conference is fast approaching, end of next week myself and Nathalie Wormser of the Project Cocoon team will be traveling to Los Angeles.

Its been a long time since I’ve been this excited about the topic I’ll be talking about. If you haven’t tried P2P with Flash Player 10.1 yet, this is your chance to learn how to use it. In our session we’ll talk about how to do device discovery on the local network, send data between mobile to desktop applications, use mobile specific APIs like the accelerometer etc. to have those control desktop applications, games — all this without requiring a connection to a server.

After the conference I’ll be blogging about this a lot more, but if you’re there feel free to register for our session.

Looking at the MAX session schedule there are some themes that jump out: Flash Player and AIR for mobile and television, new 3D features for Flash Player and HTML5 with Dreamweaver. Of those things the one I didn’t expect to break through was Flash Player for television (presumably we’re talking Google TV to start with). I’m sure Adobe has a couple of other surprises up their sleeves as they usually do.

Here is a look at the sessions I registered for:

Monday, October 25, 2010

9:30 am – 11:30 am General Session: Welcome to the Revolution Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Deep Dive into Flash Player Rendering 512
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Flash Platform for TV: A New Ecosystem 513
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm How to Build Adobe AIR Apps for the iPhone and Android 514
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Meet the Teams Los Angeles Convention Center

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

8:30 am – 9:30 am Developer Tips for Building Great Games using AIR for Android 515B
10:00 am – 12:00 pm General Session: User Experience: The Next Generation Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm jQuery: A Web Designer’s Secret Sauce 515B
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Building P2P Multiplayer Games 515B
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Flash Player 3D Future 511A
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sneak Peeks Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

9:30 am – 10:30 am Mobile Devices as Application Controllers 504
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Programming HTML5 Canvas 510
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Developing Your First AIR for TV Application 409B

 
On the 24th we’ll also have our Community Summit event with all the Adobe User Group Managers and Adobe Community Professionals. Thats always a great day and nice to meet up with everyone again.

Hope to see you in LA!

Flash on the Beach 2010 schedule

In just under two weeks, we’ve got the 5th (sold out) edition of Flash on the Beach happening in Brighton and I haven’t missed a single year. As I do every year, I’ve gone over the schedule and made a list of sessions I am likely going to attend. See you there!

 
Monday, September 27th
Adobe Keynote
Conrad Winchester – Robotlegs and Signals
Rich Shupe – Meet LoaderMax
Lee Brimelow – Developing for the Mobile Web
Hoss Gifford – Things I have Learned
Robert Hodgin – Practice makes perfect, so what are you practicing?
Stefan Sagmeister – Design and Happiness

Tuesday, September 28th
The Elevator Pitch
Mike Chambers – High Performance Mobile Content with Flash
Joa Ebert – 1 1 7 11 21
Seb Lee-Delisle – What the Flux?
Veronique Brossier – Adobe AIR for Mobile Development
Nando Costa – The Other Side
Brendan Dawes – Makers of Things

Wednesday, September 29th
6 of the Best – 10 minutes each
Iain Lobb – Zero to Game Designer in 60 minutes
Ralph Hauwert – UnitZeroOne :: The Discontinuity
Frank Reitberger – Triangle affairs
Jared Tarbell – The Computational Artifact
 

Big boys and their litl toys

There is a bit of a change of plan – rather than give an overview talk on open source projects in the community – I’ll be doing my session at Flash on the Beach on Flash Player 10.1 development and the litl webbook.

Ever since Flash and the City earlier this year I’ve been playing around with this somewhat unusual device and am sold on its potential. It is quite unlike the typical hackable geeky gadget I’m usually interested in but opens up opportunities for web enabled content feeds around the house and of course uses my favorite development platform.

I’ll be talking about how you can get started developing channels for this device using the developer SDK and test your work in the simulator or on the device itself. We’ll walk through various examples of channels and look at some creative use cases. I’ll also be covering best practices for Flash Player 10.1 on devices in general.

It’s going to be a fun session and will hopefully inspire you to start experimenting with Flash Player 10.1 content on the litl or a variety of other devices and form factors that are hitting the market.

Hope to see you there!

Adobe Flash Platform Summit coming soon

I was happy to hear Adobe is organizing a huge two day conference in Bangalore, India on August 25th and 26th. The Adobe Flash Platform Summit will no doubt be the place to be if you want to learn about their latest technologies and network with other industry professionals. The first day will cover mostly development and the second day is targeted at designers.

I’ve been lucky enough to speak at both the Adobe DevSummit and Flex@Beach in Chennai and I look forward to being at this event as well representing our small web agency, Project Cocoon.

Now for the even better news, I have some discount codes I can give away to people interested to attend that give you almost 70% off on the ticket price. If you are interested and want to get one, just leave a comment on this post with your thoughts on the future of the Flash Platform. What features would you like to see supported? How do you see the technology being adopted in India? Are there any obstacles to overcome?

The three most creative entries also get a book of their choice thanks to Friends of ED. Winners will be contacted on Thursday evening IST, so please leave a valid email address. If there are more entries than I have available discount codes the winners will be randomly chosen.

 
Hope to see you in Bangalore this August!