Monthly Archives: June 2007

Flex 2, 1 year later!


Things have really changed for Flex! It is really amazing seeing June 28th go by marking the 1 year anniversary of Flex 2′s release. What has really impressed me is the sheer number of public facing sites and companies committing to Flex since June 28. Typically there is a long wait until the Flash Player runtime is widely deployed but somehow with Flex 2 we moved rapidly beyond this trend. I think this was partly due to the sheer size of the Flex 2 release some 4 years in the making. It is really rare to get a new runtime, compiler, language, tooling, components, and servers all shipping concurrently on the same day. It was a great release!

Flex has really entered a growth stage as a development framework. If you are writing applications for AIR or Flash Player, it is hard to avoid using Flex given the productivity of development and what you get free in the SDK. The release has changed the consulting marketplace and there is an ever present drought of Flex development talent. This shortage has raised consulting rates and fills my inbox daily with requests for names of developers to recommend for projects.

Flex 3 builds upon what was delivered in Flex 2 adding to the capability without disrupting the value of wide deployment and compatibility. When Flex 3 is released it will be supported in 95% of browsers without installation, that is a big deal. Additionally the changes in the SDK were designed to be non-disruptive from Flex 2 to Flex 3.

More impressive is that Flex has a long future ahead. There are teams hard at work on pushing Flex far beyond todays capabilities, far beyond what Flex 2 and Flex 3 deliver. All I can say to this is that MAX 2007 will be an amazing event. :)

More to Come!

Ted :)

MAX 2007 – Are you speaking at MAX? Want to?


We have 16 new speaking spots coming available at MAX Chicago next week specifically designed to showcase designers and developers from the community. Next week we will be announcing the details on how you can speak at MAX and have a shot at presenting in the MAX Keynote. The MAX team has posted MAX banners and badges that you can add to your blog or site. If you are speaking, let everyone know with the speaker badge!


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Stay tuned!

Ted :)

MAX 2007 Chicago – 3.5 Hour Boot Camps


At MAX 2007 in Chicago, we are adding boot camps to allow you to work directly with the ColdFusion, Flex, AIR, LiveCycle, and Mobile & Devices development teams for 3.5 hours. This goes way beyond the “Meet the Team” or “Birds of a Feather” sessions as you will get to work directly with the development teams in a collaborative environment. The sessions will provide a mixture of short presentations, workshops, and free-form coding. Make sure to bring your laptop, your best questions, your most desired features, your coolest projects to share, and be ready to learn something new. The teams will have thumb drives with the latest bits to install and it is a rare chance to learn directly from the best of the best.

I will be at the Flex Boot Camp with the Flex 3 Development Team.

MAX 2007 is different this year, see you at Boot Camp!

Adobe MAX 2007. Connect. Discover. Inspire.

Ted :)

MAX 2007 "Inspire" Session – Making Things Move by Keith Peters


Keith Peters will be presenting “Making Things Move” at the “Inspire” sessions at Adobe MAX 2007 in Chicago Sept. 30 – Oct. 3. Keith is one of the best interactive developers in the world and is the leading author for programmatic animation and motion graphics. Last year his 2 books “Making Things Move” were top sellers 2 years in a row. Keith makes very complex math and programming subjects easy to understand and has inspired many interactive developers/designers to push the boundary of what is possible with Flash Player and ActionScript.



“It is nothing less than brilliant. No other book on Flash so boldly straddles the line between advanced design and compelling development.” – Charles Freedman

MAX 2007 Chicago will be Keith’s first MAX event and his inspirational session is sure to change the tone of the event. Programmatic animation is essential for creating great experiences on the web and on the desktop and this class of session has been long missed at MAX. I highly recommend that you do not miss Keith’s session at MAX 2007 in Chicago.

Keith thanks for helping us change MAX 2007!
Adobe MAX 2007. Connect. Discover. Inspire.

See you at MAX 2007!

Ted :)

Flex vs AIR – Battle of the Bands on the AIR Bus!


I am going to be on the “on AIR” (Adobe Integrated Runtime) Bus tour from Seattle to Denver. In preparation for the tour I am practicing Guitar Hero non-stop, bringing 100K Flex stickers, and have a new Guitar shown below. I will be on leg one of the on AIR ( Adobe Integrated Runtime) bus tour from Seattle to Denver.



(Can I sticker or what!)


I have a few AIR projects that I will be working on during the tour. It is time that IFBIN 2.0 and TagTV 2.0 got some development attention. Since February, I have been so darn busy that the bus tour will be some time to focus on getting these projects out the door. It should be a great trip and I will be blogging about MAX and Flex during the entire trip.

See you on bus tour!

More to come!

Ted :)

MAX 2007 – "Inspire" Sessions


Last night event agenda, sessions, and speakers were posted to the MAX 2007 website. In addition to the workshop and hands-on sessions posted, I have been working around the clock securing speakers for a new area at MAX called “Inspire”. The “Inspire” sessions will be hosted in a prominent 500 person room and will provide 13 unique sessions that are currently not listed in the event agenda, speaker list, session list, or Flex Scheduler (post registration). These speakers and sessions will be announced gradually and it is a whos-who of the top speakers in RIA, Web, Design, and showcase some of Adobe’s best customers.

Somewhere along the way the inspirational sessions migrated away from MAX as an event. This year we are bringing them back and putting them center stage like never before. It will be a great change for MAX as an event. The speakers are 13 really great reasons to attend MAX and I look forward to showcasing every one of them.

More to come!

Ted :)