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.

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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!

Adobe MAX SF… I’m coming

Yes, also this year I’ll go to Adobe MAX, the biggest Adobe event with more 4600 attendees that are ready to see the future of Adobe softwares.

We will see Thermo (2 sessions during the event), the new Adobe IDE for interaction designers and multimedia designers that allow to simplify Flex Interface customizations.

But also, I’m sure to find a lots of old and new friends there like Mobile guys (Biskero, Scott, Mark, Dale, Bill…) and girls (Mariam…) and have lots of fun with them.

I’ll have a speech about AIR and SQLite during 360Max the event in  event that is totally free for all people that are at MAX.
During my session I’ll talk about:

  • introduction to SQLite
  • how to connect AIR to a db
  • create, modify, delete and search into records
  • transactions and prevent SQLinjections with parameters
  • AIR data encryption and others technique to encrypt data
  • SQLSchema and others utilities to work with SQLite
  • embed a db in an AIR application
  • best practices & limitations

everyday I’ll put my impressions, photos and news about this great event, so if you are interesting to follow MAX, feel free to come there and read it!

See you soon… or maybe at Adobe MAX.

Flash on the Beach 2008

Yes, it finished!
FotB 2008 was really great, amazing speakers and cool people to spend great time together.
Last day there, I followed one of the most amazing session by Mario Klingemann; he showed how to build a QRcode generator with BitmapData in AS3 retrieving the image from a webcam… it was unbelievebal!
He also showed us interface of one software of Aviary, the great project where he is envolved with a lots of others great developers, this is a very interesting project made with Flex.

 I had a great talk with Richard Galvan, from Adobe, during FotB about Thermo, now it’s more clear for me how to create a real workflow with the introduction of Thermo when it will be released.

In fact, my problem, was to understand how a designer can organize and prepare all custom components or modules for the flex developer.
But, talking with Richard, I understood that the best  way to create a workflow with Thermo is:

  • first brief where developer explain to designers how to create assets
  • designers create static assets with an image editor like Photoshop
  • designers work with Thermo to create all users interaction
  • developer bring Thermo file and start to divide the application in the right way
  • developer create business logic of all application

It’s very interesting way to create RIA or desktop application… so now we’ll wait for an official BETA of Thermo.

Also I found very interesting Doug McCune‘s session, he talked about SWF decompiler and how to re-create and study algorithms made by others developer, in fact he decompiled Photoshop Express and use it’s algorithms to make DougExpress a fantastic Flex application totally customize that manipulate images like Photoshop Express.
Very interesting!

So you know, FotB was very amazing, next year it will be from 19 to 23 September in Brighton and in April for American audience, you can’t miss them!
Finally a big thank you to Zohar that gives me a CS4 T-shirt… Shortcut to Brilliant, thank you man!

Flash on the Beach is started

Yesterday starts Flash on the Beach, the 4th edition, it’s more big, more interesting, more…

There are many guys from USA and other part of world and is fantastic because you can share and talk with all of them, I love it.

First amanzing news is that FOTB next year become also FOTBM… Flash on the Beach MIAMI in April, and this a big success for FOTB organizations, 4 years of great work and now they start to export own format, congratulations guys.

I followed great sessions yesterday, the most amazing were Tink one, that talking about Flex Effects, he are making a great job; Thermo and Flex 4 was very interesting, in particular when speaker talked about FXG format, I think a lots of thing about this interesting new way to define a FLEX UI.
In the evening there were 2 inspire sessions that were amazing, 2 great Actionscript artist showed us how to use Flash in different way to create great artwork.

So now I’m in a new FOTB day, at Aral Balkan session… he is a showman!

During this weekend, I’ll put some photos about FOTB in my Flickr account, don’t miss them!

360Max, an event in THE EVENT!

Today, John and Tom have revealed own partecipation during Adobe MAX in San Francisco with a particular event.

In fact they create an event in THE EVENT, so during MAX you can see 360MAX sessions also!
I’ll be speaker there and I’ll talk about SQLite API, in particular I’ll show how to save encrypted data, how to work with transactions and how to move your first steps with SQLite and AIR.
My session will be 19th November from 12.30AM to 1.30PM, you can find the schedule directly from 360MAX wiki.

See you there guys!