New Flex resource: flexets forum

Today is my last at work, from tomorrow to 23 August I’m on holiday.

But before to go on holiday, I want to share with you a new resource made from Franto that is a new Flex forum where you can talk about Flex, AIR and actionscript 3, share your knowledge with other developers and so on.

It started a couple of days ago so there are few people now, but I’m sure that could become a great resource for all Flash Platform developers.

Flexest launches also a service called Coaching forum, where new developers has a traning coach on Flex, AIR or Actionscript that helps to learn this stuff.
If you have few minutes during this holiday period, take a look and register in this community to start share your Flex exeprience! see you there guys!

My 2 cents about Let’s tour

Yesterday Thomas, Tiziano, Samuele and I finished Let’s tour.
Let’s tour was a tour around 5 Italian cities (Turin, Florence, Milan, Padua, Verona) where we showed what a team do when work together with new technologies in the same project.

In fact we made this session during this tour:

9.30AM – PHP & Framework how to make a web form with a MVC framework

10.00AM – Flash Lite: create a mobile experience to register yourself for an event

10.30AM – Illustrator: how to create dynamic content with Illustrator

11.00AM – AIR & Flex: working with web data and export them for Illustrator and Photoshop

11.30AM – Photoshop: working with external data

12.00AM – PHP: how to create dynamic PDF for mobile & print

We met a lots of people, developers, designers and account too, and we understand that in Italy we MUST talk more about those technologies from university to big company, because there are so many people that are interesting to grow up with those technologies!
I was so surprised when I asked in Florence, at Master of Multimedia, how many people knew Flex or AIR… I think that 80% of them knew those technologies and it’s GREAT!
They appreciate a lots this kind of event in particular they love the informal but technical way to show stuff during our sessions.
We are talking to organize another one maybe and we are working to make a big international event that it takes part in Italy next year.
I must to say THANK YOU to all people that came during this tour, that help us to organize meeting room in cities, and I hope to make it again.
A big thank you to Let’s course guys that follow me in this crazy idea! I think we spent great time together.

AIR tour, last date in Milan

AIR tour is finished! Last date was in Milan and obviusly was very cool!

Location was pretty nice, great organization, cool food and a lots of stuff (T-shirt is amazing!).
A very friendly atmosphere, Adobe guys made a great overview about AIR from the beginning to final deployment.
I appreciate a lots Serge Jesper and Andrew Shorten‘s session, they talked about how to deploy and sign an AIR application and a great overview about LCDS and Blaze DS.
But my favourite one was Brimelow‘s session, he showed a lots of cool samples and in a very cool and funny way.

This weekend I’ll publish all photos made during the event in my Flickr account

 

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.

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

Road to 360 Flex Europe

1 month more or less and in Milan I’ll partecipate at 360|Flex the most important Flex event in Italy (maybe in Europe?).
In the last schedule I saw my seminar is in the first day (7 April), now I’m waiting the final one.
I’ll talk about BitmapData class, I’m making 3 samples and a real case history made with Flex and AIR to manipulate images.

There will be lots of important and great developer that are coming from all over the world, I love this event, it will be amazing!
You can find a lots of Adobe employees, Adobe partners, Adobe UG and so on, an event that you can’t lost.

So see you at 360 Flex guys!

Ribbit phone contest, don’t miss it!

We are in Xmas time and a new gift made by Ribbit team is under our tree!

Ribbit is name of new project that give us the ability to make and receive calls or messages (and more!) with new API for flex and air projects, so the team announces a new flex and air contest with big prizes like $2.500 (first prize).

In Ribbit site you can find more information about challenge:
Build the best Personal Ribbit Phone Application for either the web (Flex) or Desktop (AIR). Similar to Joe Johnston’s award-winning AIR iPhone (now considered the most downloaded AIR app to date), your personal Ribbit Phone will provide an incredible and creative experience for someone to use and enjoy Ribbit services, primarily making and receiving phone calls. “

Take a look at Ribbit blog and good luck guys!