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!

Second day at Flash on the Beach 08… Flash 10 on IPhone

Second day is finished, but it was very intensive!
I saw lots of interesting session, first of all Mr. Aral Balkan that showed us how to have fun with our work and that we must take time to experiment and try new languages, very interesting session.

Then, my favourite, Adobe Town Hall, where they said: “Yes we are working on Flash 10 on iPhone!”.
I hope that they don’t put a “slim” version without important API like the newest that allow to work with local files with Flash Player in a browser.
I asked also if with AIR 2 they will solved the problem of interaction with others applications embedded on a mobile phone and if it update itselfs without download a new firmware… they said… “Open Screen Project solved the second issue and the first one… yes we are working on this way”.
Great news for mobile developers!

Then I saw Grant Skinner with a cool sesson about  what a Flash developer should know… 

Peter Elst talked about AIR api and show interesting things with Merapi Projects and Adobe AIR… the speech to text sample was amazing!

Lee Brimelow showed us about new Adobe product releases like Flex 4, new features of Flash CS4 and so on, it’s an amazing speaker because he show stuff with a fun.. like a joke… cool!

Tomorrow I will attend the last day, there will be lots of interesting things to take a look… Nicolas session for example… see you tomorrow guys

Next events until to the end of years

When September starts, there are so many events until to the end of years, it’s a magic period for me to find new friends, talking with developers and find “old friend”!
This year I put in my agenda a tons of them.
In the end of this week I’ll go to Brighton at Flash on the beach 08, the most inspire event for flash developers, this year I’ll find there a lots of friends like Piergiorgio, ZoharPeter, Franto, Marco, Scott and I’m sure to find my belgium and australian friends that I met last year at FotB very cool time spent with them.

Then I’ll have SMAU, the only IT event in Italy, where we are there to show Let’s course, our traning project with Thomas and Tiziano for all event days.
There we’ll make 2 sessions per day, totally free in our stand.
We’ll show interesting tips & tricks of Photoshop, Illustrator, PHP, Flex, AIR and… a very very big argument… but I can’t say it now.

In november there is Flex Camp in Italy made by actionscript.it Italian Adobe User Group, this year there are a lots to talk about Flex and AIR and I’m sure to find very cool italian flex developers.
If you are interested to take part of this event, it’s totally free, you can register yourself at Flex Camp form.

The least but not the last… ADOBE MAX in SAN FRANCISCO

I think that I must not talk about this event… this year in San Francisco, my first time in California, and I’m sure to find tons of developers and people that love this job like me.
I bought a pre-event session on Blaze DS and Livecycle, I’ve not worked yet with them so I think is a good opportunity to start learn them in depth. 

Probably I’ll go to Adobe MAX in Milan also, but only for a day… there are too many events in few time… but I must meet Matt and other guys that come here from all Europe!

So, you know, too many events, too many opportunity to share skills and find new friends.
If you find me in one of those events, please feel free to stop me!
See you there guys!

FotB, the second day

Second day at FotB was better than first!
If English people said: “God save the Queen”, I say: “God save Mario Klingemann“… he is a big geek and a showman!
You can find Mario’s preso directly in quasimondo.com (his blog), so Mario show us how to use BitmapData class and create very cool effect. It was an amazing session and it registered SOLD OUT.

Another big preso was Ted Patrick‘s session where he explain us the worst practice to use Flex! Ted is a big speaker, in few slides he show us what we could do to create solid and good projects, very interesting.

So now I’m starting the last day here… talking with Mr. Davey, that organizes FotB, he said me that next year FotB probably starts in the end of September, so take a space in your agenda and come in Brighton!

First day at FOTB

First day at FOTB was fantastic, speakers prepared great session, in particular inspire sessions are crazy!!!
Joshua Davis is an amazing speaker so cool presentation!

But another amazing thing is after the first inspire session where out of Pavillion Theatre the guys of Plug-in Media create a flash installation where you can interact with and when you move yourself starts from some areas one or more fireworks, very crazy!

After this we came to Brighton Casino and we gambled and eat all night!

When I’ll come back in Italy, I’ll create a Flickr account and put in all FOTB and Chicago MAX photos there.

And now I’ll start a new FOTB day! What amazing event!

I’m in general session of FOTB07

Hi guys!
My first experience in FOTB starts today! I’m so exciting, Brighton is an amazing location you can find a good see a very active and interesting city, very cool location.

Now I’m in FOTB general session in The Dome, atmosphere is fantastic and there are a lots of people that come here from all parts of world.
In general session there are Adobe team that explain news of Flash, Flash player Moviestar and Astro and so on.

I update every day my blog, so if you’d like to follow FOTB, come here, I’ll try to give all feedbacks about this great event.
Obviusly, if you are in FOTB and read this post, please contact me and we could meet here!

October… the events month

Yeah October will be the events month, there are a lots of big appointments, so I’ll partecipate at Adobe Max in Chicago, then I’ll go to SMAU like speaker with Andrea Trento, so another great event the Flex Camp in Milan with a lots of great national and internation speaker, then I’ll go to From A to WEB, it’s a must for me, since 2004 I go there every year!

But I don’t finish here, also in October with Let’s course I’ll present all news that I’ll see at Chicago MAX and in the first days of November I’ll go to Flash on the beach 2007!

So for impressions or reports of any those events, come in this blog!

Oh my god…I’ve a full events month!
I hope to see and meet a lots of people at those event, so if you see me, stop me please!