Let’s tour is (quite) ready

Yes guys, we are coming!!!

5 italian cities, an half day totally FREE with 6 shoots of 30 minutes each one, 3 teachers, a lots of technologies to show you (Flex, AIR, Flash LIte, Photoshop, Illustrator, PHP, PDF) that work together to create a final and amazing product workflow… that’s the Let’s TOUR!

Thomas Baggio, Tiziano Fruet and me will drive trough Italy (Florence, Milan, Turin, Verona and Padua) to make this show in the beginning of July, you can’t miss it!

Feel free to register yourself at the event and see you there guys!

Scotch on the rocks second day

Sotr second day at Sotr is finished.
Today there were very cool and interesting sessions! In particular about Flex and AIR.
First of all was Peter which a great session about OOP and Actionscript 3, he made an overview from base concept of OOP until to Design patterns, very cool preso. You can find slides in Peter’s blog.

Second session of the day was Andrew Shorten that show the power of AIR with showcases and some technical tricks.

Then another session on Flex and print classes made by Scott Stroz that explain very well how you can manage data to bring it and put on the papers. 

Finally I finished this day with Andrew Shorten with Inspired AIR session, my favourite application that I saw is AdobeDude for European Soccer Tournement; if you have a couple of minutes to spend, take a look at the site, very cool!

So now I’m finishing stuff for my tomorrow morning session about Flash Lite, Flex and AIR, see you tomorrow guys!

SotR… Rocks! first day impressions

Here we are! I’m at Peter’s session about AIR but it’s the final session, after this we have Bird of fathers.

First day is very interesting, I meet very skilled and strong developers like Nico and also I have a great lunch with Neil, Peter and so on.

Atmosphere is very fresh, Edinburgh is an amazing but very relax city, I love it so much.
Event starts with Ben Forta and Adam Lehman that make a keynote about Coldfusion and integration with Flex, LCDS and AIR, very cool!

First session of my day is Working with OOP and CFML, Matt Woodward shows us why developers must work with OOP and which are benefits.
Then I follow Nico session about google analytics, I learn that old counters are better than analytics… no that’s a joke! He shows the true powerful of this google solution and give us some news about new features (native integration with flex and air… cool!)
And finally now Peter give us an overview of AIR API with a lots of samples, great work Peter!!!

If you are plan which event to follow next year, take in consideration Scotch on the Rocks, very friendly and fantastic atmosphere! 

Working with AIR, files and XML configuration: tips & tricks

In last months I worked so hard with Flex, AIR and files. I’d like to share with you some tips that I think could save your time when you work on it.

 1. Don’t copy, write or do anything else with File.applicationDirectory. In Windows Vista, when you install an AIR application in Program folder, you can’t copy or update a file becuase Microsoft policy don’t allow to work on files in this directory and in all subdirectories.
If you try to make it, it fails silently so stop to execute the code immediately.

2.  You can’t set an <installFolder> different of Program or Application folder. If you try to set a different path like ../ or anything else in AIR configuration xml, when you create .air file, procedure fails with an error.
So you can only set Program folder (Windows) or Application folder (Mac) or a subdirectory like: Applications/myAirAppDir/

3. Attribute <programMenuFolder> is ONLY for Windows.
When you set this attribute you can choose path of Start/Programs menu. It’s optional attribute.

4. Remember to set <name> attribute without special chars.
If you try to make it, or you accidentally copy this attribute in the same XML configuration file, it fails with an error.

5. You can’t install AIR applications in a computer if you don’t have system privileges.

I hope that those suggestions could help in your daily development.

Merapi project: a bridge between AIR and Java

From Rich Tretola blog I read an interesting news about a new project called Merapi that it will be a bridge between AIR and Java.

I think it’s an interesting project and they are searching alpha tester for now, so take a look at the project site and submit yourself!

Merapi team is amazing: Adam Flater, Dave Meeker, Juan Sanchez, Andrew Powell, Rich Tretola, Rhazes Spell and Alex MacCaw.

To take a look at this great solution see Merapi video page.
Have a great work guys. 

easyAIR: how to develop easily with AIR

A couple of weeks ago I started some of new Flex and AIR projects.
When I start to work on it, I realize that when you work on AIR there are many times that you use same API.

For example save XML files, manage them (add, remove and finally change a child), create backup files and so on, they are normal operations to find in a desktop application.
So I decide to work on a little library for AIR that I’ll call easyAIR and I’ll release for FREE in next months (I suppose on October / November).
I’ve a lots of AIR and Flex projects to develop in next months so when I find a particular and interesting feature that I could use in many project I’ll create it and put in this AIR library.

If you have any idea, suggestion or request, please fell free to contact me and tell me what do you think about it.
Thank you in advance to everyone that email me.

Road to Scotch on the Rocks

Yes guys, 3 weeks and it starts! I booked my hotel room and my flight a month ago and now I’m making material for my session.

I’ll talk the last day (Friday at 10.30 AM) about “Manage Flash Lite Data with Flex and Air”, when I propose this session I think that it could be very interesting to view the power of Flash Platform, in fact I’ll show a real case history that I’m working on now and explain how to create a little CMS with Flex and AIR for Flash Lite contents.
Flash Platform is too amazing, you can develop from mobile to desktop and not different application but a unique application that collaborate together.
You can find great speakers there like Ben Forta, Peter Elst, Neil Webb, Charlie Arehart, Mark DrewAndrew Shorten so there are all elements to make a great event!  

I’m sure to meet a lots of new strong developers and designers and I’ll spend a fantastic time in Edinburgh.
For more information about the event or to take part, please see Scotch on the Rocks web site. 

See you there guys!

 

second day at 360Flex Europe

That’s it! Second day is finished, but it was very interesting! I know better a lots of speakers and attendees, I love share experience and points of view with them.
I go to Piergiorgio session on Papervision and he was amazing! Very cool session man!
So I go to Giorgio session on Accessibility with Flex and he found a great solution to interact with screen readers, that was cool!
Finally, I can’t miss it, I see an introduction on Cairngorm by Neil Webb (you rock man!) very cool session and so funny preso, I love it!
Sorry Zohar if I can’t come in your session but I hear that you made a very cool stuff!
Also, if you’d like to take a look at some cool video about the conference, please view Zohar mix!

Tomorrow is the final day, I spent great time here, I hope to keep in touch with a lots of attendees and speakers that I met here.

In this weekend I’ll also put in my Flickr account some photos.

first day at 360Flex Europe..my impressions…

It’s just finished this long day, I slept 2 hours to finish my preso and samples, I hope that people enjoy my Flex BitmapData session!
I’ll put preso and samples in the next few days in this blog, so take a look everyday guys!

There weren’t a lots of people at 360Flex, but I met a lots of strong developers for all over the world, there were great share moments and all speakers help toghether to make a better session ( I love so much this atmosphere).
I’m so glad that a lots of italian developers and companies are lost this cool appointment to know better Flex and AIR technologies!

In fact you could talk with Adobe people (Evangelist, marketing people and so on) and with cool speakers that help you to understand better the power of flash platform! I hope tomorrow I can see more people here!
This evening all speakers go out with Adobe people to have dinner and to know us better and talk about Adobe softwares and strategies, that’s cool!

I’ll put also new event photos in my Flickr account, so please take a look sometimes!

UPDATE

You can download my preso and my samples NOW!
Enjoy

To all Attendes of 360Flex Europe

Hi All,

360 Flex Europe is behind the corner, 10 days more or less and… it starts!
So to all attendes of this big Flex event I made the mobile application with Flash Lite 2.0, you can find the same things of Atlanta version but with another graphics and the final 360Flex schedule!

I hope to see you at the event.
Enjoy

UPDATE
Actionscript.it, italian Adobe UG, organize Birds of father event during 360Flex on Monday 7 from 6PM to 9PM, where attendes could ask any questions about 360Flex sessions, Flex and AIR, so please take a look at event page (it’s in italian) and register to the event!

PS: I’m making the sys files in next few days! Stay tuned!

UPDATE II
Thank you again to chall3ng3r to make sis files!  Download file for Symbian 2nd edition and for Symbian 3rd edition

See you next week at 360Flex Europe guys!