maandag, januari 28, 2008

Usergroup: New Year get together ruled!

Last week-end the Belgain Adobe User group got together to celebrate the new year. And a celebration it was!

There were great speakers and sessions and we closed the place with too much wine and cigars.

1. Serge Jespers on Flexbuilder 3 and AIR.
There are now 8.000.000 downloads a day for flash player 9 and about 500.000 AIR runtime installs allready.
A great feaure in Flexbuilder 3 is the automatic creation of a project from an existing database. The setup is simple and Flexbuilder creates all your projects files and php files. You could even use this just for the creation of the php files for further use in Flash!
Don't forget about the runtime shared libraries. You can have the Flex framework cached which decreases file size dramatically.

2. James Ward on BlazeDS
Blaze Data Services is now what the Lifecycle Data Services used to be.
A lot of cool stuff for Flex.
The profiler, the messaging service in AMF and did you know that AMF already has standard compression. Check out this amazing demo about the power of AMF:
Still a pitty to see a lot cool stuff for Flex you can not use in Flash (AMF messaging, profiler,...)

3. Christophe Herreman
Christophe talked about the Prana framework wich is quite impressive.
Prana is about Inversion of Control (IOC), learn more about it here.
It's about programming against interfaces, dependency pull, constructor injection and setter injection all controlled with a XML dialect. Although I have to admit it's not always easy to get your head around some of these concepts and to implement them in fast packed Flash projects (not Flex) it's very usefull to try familiarize yourself with them.

4. Jerome on
Lovelycharts is an online diagramming application written in flex. It's in beta now and it is impressive. As Jermo says it is easy to use, fast and does what it needs to do. Nothing more, nothing less. I think I will be throwing all Visio and OpenOffice tools to do this overboard.
Check it out here.

I especially would like to thank Koen for setting this up. It was a fun evening and I had a good time. I stayed behind with Peter, Steven, Marc, Gijs and Koen, we had more drinks, cigars (thanks Gijs!) and closed up at my place.

Here's some pictures, for more pictures check out Wouter his pictures here.

Serge doing Britney Spears

Christophe Herreman going deep

Jerome lovely

Koen, our chairman dirty dancing

The ADOBE wine!

Gijs on the run with the ADOBE wine!

Peter and Koen

Mr Dunn (the best hair in the world!)

Mister Verbruggen (thanks for lending me the money dude!)

Koen and Peter at my house

Marc and Gijs having a last cigar

donderdag, januari 17, 2008

Me infamous: featuring on Adobe's OnAir blog

I am proud and honoured to be featuring on Adobe's OnAir blog!

Together with my collegue Nicolas Lierman, who did the Google Analytics Reporting suite , we were interviewed by mister Serge Jespers about Air and the suite.

Click here to see the video at the OnAir blog
Or here for Serge's own videoblog (this one is faster).
While you are there, subscribe to it. You won't regret it!

I think this rocks! The sunglasses are just there for the show element.
It always rains in Belgium..
Thanks a million, yes I say respect, to Serge!