Having fun with Adobe AIR

Hi All,
this post will be in Italian, in particular is dedicated to the whole community of Italian mobile developers.
Having fun with Adobe AIR is a free event in 6 different Italian cities where people will learn how to create or improve own cross platform applications made with Adobe AIR for mobile devices.
For any question feel free to leave a comment to this post or drop me an email.

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Ciao a tutti,
mi chiamo Luca Mezzalira e sono l’organizzatore di “Having fun with Adobe AIR” un evento dedicato a tutti gli sviluppatori mobile che vogliono avvicinarsi ad una tecnologia cross-platform, come Adobe AIR, per la realizzazione delle proprie app o game su smartphone o tablet.
In collaborazione con alcuni importanti sponsor, come Adobe e BlackBerry per esempio, che ringrazio innanzitutto, sono riuscito ad organizzare 6 tappe in giro per l’Italia dove in una giornata andremo a scoprire le potenzialità di Adobe AIR, andremo a sviluppare degli esempi pratici che possano far vedere il workflow per la realizzazione di un’applicativo mobile.
Infatti l’evento è basato sulla formula BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) dove ogni participante dovrà portare il proprio computer con installato Flash Builder dove potrà creare i proprio applicativi e installarli poi nel proprio tablet o smartphone.

Se ti stai chiedendo se è una perdita di tempo perchè Flash è “morto”, beh credimi, non è così.

Infatti Adobe sta continuando a sviluppare questa tecnologia dando nuove potenzialità per la creazione di applicativi mobile e desktop, dall’accelerazione in GPU all’integrazione con Native Extension e molto altro ancora!

Durante l’evento avremo la fortuna di avere con noi degli speaker Adobe, in alcune tappe, che ci daranno la possibilità di scoprire su cosa si sta concentrando Adobe e quale sarà il futuro della piattaforma.
Un evento totalmente gratuito che credo possa far piacere in Italia a molti sviluppatori che vogliono iniziare a muovere i primi passi nel mondo mobile oppure quelli che già ci lavorano ma vogliono alternative valide con cui sviluppare.
L’evento avrà un massimo di 20 partecipanti circa per tappa e sarà di una giornata, le città in cui si svolgerà saranno Milano, Torino, Bolzano, Padova, Firenze e Bari.
La registrazione è obbligatoria e dev’essere fatta tramite il sito dell’eventohttp://www.havingfunwithadobeair.com/
Se invece preferisci seguirci direttamente sulla nostra pagina facebook ecco l’indirizzo: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Having-fun-with-Adobe-AIR/430003473713246

Per qualsiasi dubbio o domanda non esitare a contattarmi via email o lasciando un messaggio su questo post.
Spero di vederti ad una delle tappe del tour!
A presto

Luca

Flash Camp in Milan

I’m glad to announce an interesting Flash Camp that will take place in Milan this month at 20 and 21.

All the topics of the Flash Camp will be focused on mobile side, so Flex for mobile device, iOS, Android and Playbook development, code technique for mobile applications, optimizing video content for mobile, design pattern and architecture for mobile project.
Flash camp will be hosted by the whymca the mobile developer conference, that for the second year will show the mobile opportunities not only with Flash Platform but with any technology could be use for mobile purpose.
The event will be in Milan in Milanofiori (Assago), you can find more information on whymca web site.

Back on the Flash Camp side, speakers will be:

Mihai will talk about Flex on mobile devices and how to deploy a content on multiple devices, in the afternoon he has a live coding session where show how to create a mobile application with Actionscript 3.
My good friend Fabio will talk about video encoding optimization for mobile devices, Andrea will show how to create a game cross-platform with Flash Platform and Piergiorgio will give us great suggestions on how to optimize our code and improve the performance of mobile solutions.
Finally me, I’ll talk on how to organize a multiple screen development with Design Pattern and Architecture to re-use code and have great performance on mobile solutions.
For a limit number of people we are organizing a post event for the evening so try to come from the beginning of the Flash Camp and you’ll receive more information about it or keep update reading this blog.
See you there Flashers!!!

Scotch on the Rocks 2010

It’s finished!!! DAMN!

SOTR 2010 is end, I hope to come again next year, but now I want to share with you my experience here in London.

SOTR was organized at TigerTiger club near Piccadilly circus in the heart of London and believe me, It’s my first time that I take part in a conference where stop for a couple of days a club! That’s totally crazy, but this is SOTR and I love it! (Obviously free drink inside ;P)

Location a part, sessions were pretty cool, I really appreciate Aral and Serge one, the first was an inspire session based on clients UX and I grabbed very cool suggestions; Serge’s session was about AIR 2 and Flash Player 10.1 on Android devices… I really love those stuff!
It was impressive a performance benchmark where the same animation created with HTML and JS (7fps), another made with HTML 5 and canvas (9fps) and one made with Flash Player 10.1 (25fps !!! I really love Flash Platform) obtains different results on Android… and what results!!!

I was at SOTR also to speak about AIR 2 printing API, AlivePDF and PurePDF, I made an inspire session that allow you to have the right solution when someone (your boss maybe?!) ask you to create data reports or paper documents in a Flex RIA or AIR application.
My English a part, I think that people enjoy case history part and first twitter messages are agree with me, so believe me guys at SOTR, thank you so much for your time.
Finally in my session I shared my “thoughts” about HTML 5, Apple and so on (many photos on this slide, I was sure that you appreciate it! :D).

You can download all the stuff made for AIR & Printing session directly from this blog and if you weren’t in London and you want ask me more details about this cool shit, feel free to contact me or leave a comment at this post!

Ok, it’s time to come back to reality but before that I must say a big THANK YOU to Andy Allan that organize this amazing event, Cyril and Guust (and his girlfriend) for the great time spent together in London talking about Coldfusion and our beautiful countries.

MAX 2009

Another year and another Adobe MAX obviously!

This year I decide to take part in a new pre-event called Creating Applications for the Flash Platform, this labs will be dedicated to Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst integration… I think could be very useful to understand a new point of view to create RIAs and Desktop Applications and how to integrate this workflow in our company.

During the conference, this is my schedule:

Monday, October 5, 2009
- Building Flex and Adobe AIR Service Clients
- ActionScript 3.0 Tastes Good (and Is Good for You, Too!)
- Advanced Data Visualization with Flex
-  What’s Coming in Adobe AIR 2
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
- Building a Scalable Interactive Video Solution Using P2P in Flash
Builder
- Flash Builder 4 Advanced Tips and Tricks
- How NOT to Code Flex
- ELIPS 3.0: Mobile Flex Builder Toolkit
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
- Real-Time Collaboration Deep Dive: Using Adobe Flash
Collaboration Service
- Building Mobile Applications with Adobe AIR
- Making Real-Time Data Come Alive With Flex Data Visualization
- Effective Form Design for Developers
- Tackling Memory and Performance in Flash, Flex, and Adobe AIR

Monday, October 5, 2009

- Building Flex and Adobe AIR Service Clients

- ActionScript 3.0 Tastes Good (and Is Good for You, Too!)

- Advanced Data Visualization with Flex

-  What’s Coming in Adobe AIR 2

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

- Building a Scalable Interactive Video Solution Using P2P in Flash

Builder

- Flash Builder 4 Advanced Tips and Tricks

- How NOT to Code Flex

- ELIPS 3.0: Mobile Flex Builder Toolkit

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

- Real-Time Collaboration Deep Dive: Using Adobe Flash

Collaboration Service

- Building Mobile Applications with Adobe AIR

- Making Real-Time Data Come Alive With Flex Data Visualization

- Effective Form Design for Developers

- Tackling Memory and Performance in Flash, Flex, and Adobe AIR

I hope to find many people to share ideas, knowledge and skills… see you there guys ;-)

How to switch from Actionscript 2 to Actionscript 3… in September for FREE in Milan and Rome

During September I’ll take part of Arrivano i Guru Tour, an Italian event that allow designers, developers and photographers to learn new stuff for FREE about Adobe technologies!
In fact, the event starts in September until to the end of October and you can see it in 10 differents Italian cities.

In the last event you can find a special guest… Katrine Eismann, on of the most important person in creative digital retouch world!
I decide to talk about a big problem for a lot of developers: How to switch from Actionscript 2 to Actionscript 3 during my sessions in Milan (27th September) and Rome (5ht September).

During my session we can see the power of new AS3 features,  architecture of new Flash Player and differences of both languages.
You can see a real mirror from AS2 scripts to AS3 scripts and how to porting your daily “Actionscript life” to a new step: more interesting and powerful!

If you’d like to have more information take a look at the site or feel free to contact me leaving a message on my blog or dropping me an email.

I hope to see you during this event and remember that is a great opportunity to learn more and for FREE!

See ya!

@PyCon with Flex and AIR

Here we are! My first conference of the year is PyCon 3 in Florence from 8th to 10th May.
This is THE PYTHON conference in Italy, there will be very cool and strong developers of the Python world from all over the world.

In this edition I propose a session about Python, Flex and AIR on how to integrate those technologies all together.
I think could be very interesting for Pyhton developers approach this RIA world and find a new way to create an amazing GUI with Flex and AIR.
It will be my first time there and I start to study Python only on January, so I’m very happy to take part on this event.

If you’d like to come, please feel free to tell me and add a comment on this post!
See you there guys.

UPDATE
I make a post about PyCon 3, in few days I’ll put conference photos on my Flickr account, stay tuned!

I’m just come back from 3GSM World Congress

Here we are!
Yesterday I came back from Barcelona (what a wonderful city!), I was there for 3GSM World Congress invited from Adobe to show our latest Flash Lite contents made in collaboration with Mutado, an Italian creative and interactive company.
It was amazing for us and I’d like to thank you Adobe people to give us this opportunity, thank you guys!

Adobe stand was amazing I love it so much and also Adobe announced lots of new stuff from new Flash Lite player delivery to new challenge that allow developers to win $30.000!

Flash Lite challengers is a contest that will finish at the end of May and we’ll know winners in the middle of June.
Main prize is $30.000 for the best Flash Lite application, but there are also categories prizes from games to applications, it’s a great opportunity to show your mobile content and win!
More information about this challenge on Adobe site

Another great news is that now, we have a new way to distribute our Flash Lite contents, in fact if a device goes trough a Flash Lite content on the web browser or download a Flash Lite application, if this device doesn’t have installed Flash Lite 3.1, it will be downloaded from web and installed on the device.
More information about this new way to deliver your content on Labs site.  

Also Adobe and Nokia give us a new opportunity to invest in mobile projects with Open Screen Project fund ($10 million), in fact this fund is created to help companies and developers to join in mobile Flash world!
More information about it in open screen project site

Finally I put a review on mobile.actionscript.it about new Flash Lite devices like Palm Pre or Nokia N97, so feel free to comment it (and take a look about our new mobile website).

 If you want to see a quick tour about 3GSM feel free to take a look on my Flickr account.

3GSM World Congress 2009

Hi All,

it’s long time that I don’t write down a post.
In last months I changed lots of things, new fellows, new tutorials, new customers and big projects to develop with AIR and Flex.
So lots of things to do!

This year I’ll be at 3GSM World Congress for the second time, so if you will be there, please feel free to tell me, maybe you can drop me an email or add a comment under this post!
I’ll arrive at 15th and I’ll come back 20th February, so 5 amazing days in Barcelona.
If you don’t come, don’t worry I’ll post about this great event when I’ll be there and… there is a special surprise for anybody that follow this blog, so stay tuned and take a look at this blog in next few days.

Adobe MAX: day 1

Here we are, it has just started Adobe MAX 2008, I’m very excited and in this day I see a lot of cool and interesting things!

In General Session this morning we see new name of Thermo project, now we must start to call it Flash Catalyst, too long but not bad.
There are new interesting things on mobile side, Adobe is working in a new product that package Flash Lite contents in .sis or .cab file and delivery it over-the-air, maybe an important step trough a new Adobe mobile era.

Another interesting project that is in BETA now, it’s also my favorite one, is CoCoMo, I meet Nigel Pegg, amazing guy, that coordinate the project with Dr. Fang (:D).
Now CoCoMo is in Labs, you can download it and start to work with those components that allow you to implement your Flex applications with Connect Now features, so you can share your desktop, make a conference call with video, chat and so on.

There are other 2 minor project that Adobe releases today: Wave and Tour de Flex.

The first one is a social networking aggregator made with AIR that allow you to manage your social networking like twitter, flickr and so on in a all in one application.
Tour de Flex is another AIR application that is focused for developers and designers that approach Flex for the first time, I copy the purpose of the application from own site:

  • Provide non-Flex developers with a good overview of what is possible in Flex in a “look and see” environment
  • Provide Flex developers with an illustrated reference tool
  • Provide commercial and non-commercial Flex developers a place to showcase their work

You can find those projects directly from Labs too.
I meet also a lot of developers and designers that are involved in very cool projects, but I’ve also the honor to meet Simone Legno aka Tokidoki! It’s one of my favorite designers! Max respect for him.

But I must write also that there is ONLY 1 WI-FI CONNECTION here for more then 5.000 people… it’s unbelievable… 

See you tomorrow for resume of second day.

MAX 2008: Pre-event labs day

Today Max started for me and everybody had a pre-event labs.
I followed pre-event about Livecycle and Blaze DS made by Christophe Coenraets, he was amazing! In a day we had a complete overview of how to work with messanging, remoting and data service with BlazeDS and LCDS.
I must start to work with BlazeDS beacause there is a lot of things to do with it, in fact it is faster than FMS communication with client side.

But the most amazing thing is data service with LCDS, they are the best solutions when you want to synchronize AIR application data with a server side solutions.
In fact you can manage data service cache to save data locally and work with them until to computer turn online again… that’s perfect for a lot of enterprise solutions.

There is also a bad thing of this MAX, until now, we don’t receive great gadgets like others years, we have a shopping bag with MAX, Adobe and partners logo and a t-shirt… last year we received a very cool bag… I really don’t understand why they choose this solution.

Tomorrow we’ll start MAX for everyone and also we’ll see a lot of new Adobe solutions, if you want discover them, stay tuned!