Category Archives: Publications

Mobile Development with Flash CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 now available

I’m excited to see my first ever video training DVD for Adobe Press/Peachpit now available. Together with Joseph Labrecque we recorded around 7.5 hours of training on building mobile applications with Flash CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 for Android and iOS devices.

Special thanks to the great team at video2brain in Graz, Austria for their hard work and making the whole recording experience so much fun.



 

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What have I been doing lately?

I realize I haven’t been blogging a lot about what I’ve been up to in the last few months so thought I’d better get a post out and share some of those things with you.

Cocoon P2P

The open source Cocoon P2P library has been released and got Dirk Eismann on board as a contributor after speaking at FFK11 in April. With his help we were able to take it from more of a proof of concept to a solid solution for doing local IP multicast with the Flash Player (no server required).

We have great support for device discovery, messaging and object-replication. Reworking the video streaming and fixing some bugs on the accelerometer support is still on my todo list for the very near future.

HTML5 Solutions

I’ve had the pleasure to work on a book called “HTML5 Solutions: Essential Techniques for HTML5 Developers” with fellow authors Marco Casario, Charles Brown, Nathalie Wormser and Cyril Hanquez.

My contribution to the book is on using the Geolocation API – which, if you haven’t already tried it – is one of the most exciting features that is starting to become widely available with HTML5.

It turned out – in my humble opinion – to be a very good publication and should be shipping soon. I can’t wait to get hold of my author copies and hear reader feedback when it hits the stores.

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What have I been doing lately?

I realize I haven’t been blogging a lot about what I’ve been up to in the last few months so thought I’d better get a post out and share some of those things with you.

Cocoon P2P

The open source Cocoon P2P library has been released and got Dirk Eismann on board as a contributor after speaking at FFK11 in April. With his help we were able to take it from more of a proof of concept to a solid solution for doing local IP multicast with the Flash Player (no server required).

We have great support for device discovery, messaging and object-replication. Reworking the video streaming and fixing some bugs on the accelerometer support is still on my todo list for the very near future.

HTML5 Solutions

I’ve had the pleasure to work on a book called “HTML5 Solutions: Essential Techniques for HTML5 Developers” with fellow authors Marco Casario, Charles Brown, Nathalie Wormser and Cyril Hanquez.

My contribution to the book is on using the Geolocation API – which, if you haven’t already tried it – is one of the most exciting features that is starting to become widely available with HTML5.

It turned out – in my humble opinion – to be a very good publication and should be shipping soon. I can’t wait to get hold of my author copies and hear reader feedback when it hits the stores.

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What have I been up to?

When you go to conferences as much as I do and meet up with old friends and acquaintances, the number one question is: “So, Peter what have you been up to?”. I realized that, unless you follow me on twitter and actually read the dozens of messages I post there every week, fairly few people have a clue what I’ve been doing these last few months.

Well here goes, apart from the Object-Oriented ActionScript 3.0 courses I teach in Belgium and the UK, I spend a good bit of time tech reviewing several books. Two great titles that are coming out soon are AdvancED Flex 3 (Friends of ED) and the Adobe AIR Cookbook (O’Reilly).

AdvancED Flex 3 Adobe AIR Cookbook

I’m also co-authoring a couple of books, one that has already been announced is AdvancED AIR Applications (Friends of ED).

Turns out I’ve so far attended 10 events and conferences this year, presented a total 12 sessions and have enjoyed every minute! That said I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep things going at that rate.

While I’d love to be in the position to speak at all conferences that would like to have me over, unless my basic travel and accommodation expenses can be covered (which thankfully and increasing number of conferences are able to do), I’m going to have to become very selective in what I take on. I’d prefer to spend my personal travel budget on community events that genuinely have limited resources or are just starting out. That’s not a dig at Adobe MAX by the way, there are different reasons why I won’t be speaking there this year.

The ActionScript Conference in Singapore is going to be my last conference speaking engagement of the year and have not confirmed anything for 2009 as of yet.

We’ll see how things go, after Singapore I’m heading to India for a couple of weeks and will get back to business again by the end of November.
 

Flex Authority has arrived!

Great news for the Flex community, the inaugural issue of Flex Authority is here!

It was great working as a technical reviewer with the various talented authors and I can promise you its chuckful of interesting articles on Flex and AIR for readers of all skill levels.

Here’s to many more issues to come, an excellent technical journal has seen the light! Be sure to subscribe today, its just 49.95 USD/year for a printed copy and 29.95 USD/year to get all four issues as a PDF.

 
https://secure.houseoffusion.com/flex-authority-subscriptions.cfm

 

MIX Essentials 2008 review

I attended the MIX Essentials event in Louvain-la-Neuve this Thursday in an attempt to get some perspective on Microsoft’s roadmap for Rich Internet Applications (yes, you read that right — Internet) and Silverlight 2.

Note that I’m looking at this as a Flash Platform enthusiast, while I walked away excited about what Microsoft is doing don’t expect me to hold back on criticism where I see things lacking. It is in no way meant as a personal attack and welcome your thoughts.

Here’s breakdown of the sessions I attended, with my commentary and a couple of videos.

 
Opening Keynote – Luc van de Velde
Building RIAs with Silverlight 2 – Tim Heuer
Beauty & the Geek – Ian Griffiths & Paul Dawson
Data and Web Services in Silverlight 2 – Gill Cleeren
Steve Ballmer Keynote
Summary

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Skinning Components in Flash CS3

I’ve had an article on component skinning in the works for several months but finally got it done and its now published on the Adobe Developer Center.

The article walks you through the different options for skinning components in the Flash CS3 authoring environment: manually editing the assets, code-based skinning and talks about how you can package up your skinned component as an SWC to easily share it with the rest of your team.

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/skinning_flash_cs3.html

Enjoy!