Archive for March, 2009

New content available in the Adobe Developer Connection

Weekly rundown of all the new content in the Adobe Developer Connection is below.

Understanding Flex itemEditors – Part 2: Editing events and complex editors
: Learn how to use events to make more complex itemEditors that do some simple data validation and that can prevent certain cells from being edited.

Understanding Flex itemEditors – Part 3: Using itemRenderers as itemEditors: learn about using one class to display and edit the data by employing itemRenderers as itemEditors.

Using Flash CS4 and Adobe AIR to build custom browsers for e-learning and social networking: Explore the Flash CS4 and AIR components workflow.

Enabling multiple user access to the ColdFusion Administrator and RDS: Understand the new multiple user feature and learn how to configure it.

From table-based to tableless web design with CSS – Part 2: CSS starter pages: Use Dreamweaver CSS starter pages to jumpstart your designs.

Creating merged help with RoboHelp 8: Learn the reasons for merging any type of online help and get an overview of the merged help process.

We are also promoting the updated Tour de Flex version 1.2:
*Web version
*AIR version

The Adobe Developer Connection has also just launched a new Facebook Developer Center with loads of new content:

*Flex Learning Path for for Facebook developers

*Video: Build your first Facebook application (12:08)

*Article: Understand the architecture of Facebook applications

*Article: Compare iFrame and FBML Facebook applications

*Article: Get your head around Flash on Facebook

*Facebook examples

*Facebook samples

*Quick start: Build your first Facebook application with Flex

Is it better to be a follower or a leader?

In most cases I would say the latter, but in this case…

Starting this week, I will be giving away some Flex books randomly to my list of followers (@esulliva).

Once a week I will be selecting someone from my list of followers for a copy of O’Reilly’s Flex 3 Cookbook.

Several times a week I will be selecting someone from my list of followers to send a copy of the Getting Started with Flex 3 Pocket Guide.

All followers are eligible, but you can only win once per prize (feel free to un-follow me after you win!) That means if you win the Flex 3 cookbook, you are not eligible to win a second Flex 3 cookbook, but you are fair game for any drawings for different giveaways.

I anticipate adding some other great giveaways into the mix after I exhaust my supply of books. Could be a cool t-shirt or a backpack…maybe even a copy of Flex Builder 3 Professional will make its way into the mix!

And even if you don’t win, you’ll still have the pleasure of being kept up to date on all the new resources made available through the Adobe Developer Connection, in addition to being exposed to any witty comments I may make throughout the day.

Note to winners: you will need to either DM me or email me your name, address and phone number in order for me to send out your book.

Happy following!!

Ed Sullivan
Adobe Developer Connection

New content available in the Adobe Developer Connection

Check out the latest and greatest Adobe Developer Connection content:

AdvancED Flex 3 excerpt: Integrating via data and media services: Learn about the data services architecture, explore the steps, and see data services in action.

Reducing the risk of malicious web attacks with HP SWFScan: Learn about the free tool that scans SWF applications for security vulnerabilities.

Advancing mobile storytelling with the Adobe distributable player solution: Pioneering mobile storytelling developers share their experiences with Flash Lite 3.1.

New comprehensive ActionScript language references page: This is a list of all currently published ActionScript language and library references for the following technologies: Flex, Flash CS4, LiveCycle, Mobile & devices, Flash Media Server.

Exploring the new 3D features in Flash CS4 Professional: Control rotations, animate with motion tweens, program effects with ActionScript 3.0, and more.

From table-based to tableless web design with CSS – Part 1: CSS Basics: Take the first steps towards CSS layouts and away from table-based layouts.

Using the Kuler panel with Fireworks CS4: Learn how to go from a blank slate to a fully realized desig using the Kuler panel.

Working with masks in Fireworks CS4: Watch this presentation to apply different masking techniques and produce a professional end result.

Enterprise security solutions using Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES: This technical guide (PDF) provides an overview of the Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES solution component and how it can be used to protect sensitive information stored in your electronic documents, even after they have been transmitted outside your firewall.

XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification Version 3.0: Use the latest spec to create XFA templates and process XFA forms.

New content available in the Adobe Developer Connection

Lots of new goodness in the Adobe Developer Connection:

Tips for building AIR applications that can be easily updated: Note the potential pitfalls when building and deploying AIR application updates.

Using Flex Ant Tasks to build Flex projects – Part I: Creating a build script for Flex: Set up, create, and execute a basic Ant build script using the Adobe Flex Ant tasks.

Understanding Flex itemEditors – Part 2: Editing events and complex editors: Use events to make more complex itemEditors that do some simple data validation.

Flex cookbook spotlight: faqcontrib: Meet some of the regular contributors to the Flex Cookbook.

Search Engine Optimization Technology Center: The newly launched SEO Technology Center helps explain what the challenges are and provides practical steps, examples, and best practices that you can follow to overcome them.

Search optimization checklist for RIAs: Integrate search into the planning stages and production cycles you will encounter when developing RIAs.

Adobe Flash Player version checking protocol: Learn what to watch out for and what techniques to utilize to ensure that search engine spiders can enter your website’s front door.

Search optimization techniques for RIAs: Understand the challenges and adopt techniques to improve the relevance of your SWF content in search engine results.

Encoding options for H.264 video: Learn about H.264 video and encoding it for Flash Player delivery using Adobe Media Encoder or Flash Media Encoding Server.

Using timeline labels to dispatch events with the ActionScript 3.0 TimelineWatcher class: Use the TimelineWatcher class to programmatically monitor the timeline while keeping it separate from your application logic.

Foundation Fireworks CS4 excerpts: Visual effects and extending Fireworks: Create popular visual effects and understand the SWF panel development process to get the most out of Fireworks CS4.

ADC Write & Give Program: Learn how we acknowledge the writing efforts of our community authors by donating money to charities for each article they publish on the ADC.

Adobe Reader compatibility documentation: These documents provide guidance and important information regarding changes in Adobe Reader 9 that may affect enterprise workflows.

New content available in the Adobe Developer Connection

Several new article now posted in the Adobe Developer Connection:

Performance-tuning Adobe AIR applications: Build better-performing AIR apps by following these standard tuning techniques.

Flex itemEditors – Part 2: Editing events and complex editors: Use events to make more complex itemEditors that do some simple data validation.

Create a simple three-column design in Dreamweaver: Take your CSS skills to the next level by creating a website with three vertical columns.

Creating a Flash Lite 2.0 navigation menu: Learn how to create an animated menu for mobile devices.

Build your first dynamic website – Part 3: Add functionality to your site that enables an administrator to remove or approve user feedback.

Prebuilt CSS templates in Fireworks CS4: Make the most of the CSS Export feature in Fireworks CS4 using these new templates by Matt Stow.

In the Developer Spotlight: Aaron Beall: Check out the latest developer featured in our Spotlight series.

Adobe Solution Accelerators: Adobe now offers Solution Accelerators that are designed to be extended and customized by customers and partners. With these Solution Accelerators, you can reduce the development time and increase the quality of your enterprise applications.

ADC Write and Give Program donates $3100 in Q1 of 2009

The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) Write and Give Program gave $3,200 USD to charities in the first quarter of 2009. The program acknowledges the writing efforts of our ADC community authors by giving US$100 to a charity for each author’s published article on the ADC. Each author chooses his or her charity from a list of five preselected charities (listed below).

Last year the ADC donated $26,000 to these charities in recognition of our ADC authors. To our ADC authors, we thank you for sharing your technical expertise with the greater developer community while helping other communities at the same time!

Read on to find out more about the charities that the program supports, and to see the list of authors for this quarter who made these contributions possible!

* Benetech: Creates new technology solutions that serve humanity and empower people to improve their lives.

* Nature Conservancy: Works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

* Mercy Corp: Alleviates suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities.

* Care: Fights global poverty by serving individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world.

* Feeding America: Is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization.

The authors who participated in this program from December 1, 2008 – February 28, 2009 are:

• Joseph Lowery
• Stephanie Sullivan
• Roman Villareal
• Chris Converse
• Sean Moore
• Raymond Camden
• Davis Hassoun
• Karl Sigiscar
• Alex Cougarman
• Mike Brunt
• Bill Bejeck
• Pamela Fox
• Nick Mihailovski
• Jason Peters
• Paulo Caroli
• Dave Cronin
• Dan Carr
• David Gassner
• Tom Green

Thank you, authors, for your contributions to the ADC!

New content available in the Adobe Developer Connection

Check out the latest content posted to the Adobe Developer Connection:

Creating marketing platforms with Adobe Flex: Learn how to leverage the Flex SDK to build marketing platforms.

Displaying LiveCycle ES process data in Flex graphs: Programmatically populate a Flex graph control to view a visual representation of process data.

Building a YChat! Instant Messenger application using Flash Lite for mobile devices: Create a mobile chat application that interacts with the IM Chat server to display and deliver chat content.

Building your first dynamic website – Part 2: Adding user functionality: Learn to add functionality to your page, work with your database, and lay out the page.

Creating a Spry XML data set: Learn to create basic and dynamic XML data sets with Dreamweaver and ColdFusion.

Using the Image Editing panel in Fireworks: This is an update of a previous article – learn some of the time saving features of the Image Editing panel.