Archive for June, 2009

New content available in the Adobe Developer Connection

Lots of new content now up in the Adobe Developer Connection:

Using Flex Ant tasks to build Flex projects – Part 2: Adding build tasks: Extend Flex Ant build scripts with additional tasks.

Tour de Flex planetary dashboard: See who is using Tour de Flex right now across the world.

Creating your first website – Part 1: Setting up your site and project files: Learn to set up a local site in Dreamweaver CS4, then create a page layout in CSS.

Creating your first website – Part 2: Creating the page layout: This tutorial explains how to create a CSS-based page layout in Adobe Dreamweaver CS4.

Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS4 excerpt: Using the liquid CSS layouts: Authors Stephanie Sullivan and Greg Rewis demonstrate the time-saving tips and techniques that make Dreamweaver and CSS such a powerful combination.

Getting started with the ActionScript 3 FLVPlayback component : Learn how to use the FLVPlayback component to play progressively downloaded Adobe Flash Video files over HTTP or play streaming video files from Adobe’s Flash Media Server or from Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS).

Skinning the ActionScript 3 FLVPlayback component (updated): This updated article covers three approaches available for skinning the ActionScript 3 FLVPlayback component.

Working with the Project panel in Flash: Take advantage of the project management tools available in Flash CS4 Professional when building applications.

Real-Time Messaging Protocol specification: Read about the open RTMP spec, which delivers video, audio, and data in various formats compatible with Adobe Flash Player. Also, check out this blog post for additional information.

New content available in the Adobe Developer Connection

New content just launched on the Adobe Developer Connection:

Effects in Adobe Flex 4 SDK beta – Part 2: Advanced graphical effects: In Part 2 of this series, learn how to take your Flex applications to the next level with the new effects included in the Flex 4 beta.

Building data-driven map applications using the Flex DataMap control: Discover the capabilities of the DataMap control and see the process of building a simple yet powerful application in a few lines of code

Video Learning Guide for Flash CS4 Professional (Updated for Flash CS4): Learn all you need to know about video on the web: capturing, encoding, adding video to web pages, delivering with custom playback controls.

Performance tuning for ColdFusion applications: Explore different ways to improve ColdFusion application performance.

Using Drupal themes with Dreamweaver CS4: Understand the fundamentals of a Drupal theme and how Dreamweaver CS4 helps designers produce these themes.

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

>>The Adobe Reader compatibility promise (PDF)

>>Adobe Reader 9.0 compatibility overview (PDF – updated for Reader 9.1)

ADC Write and Give Program donates $3,400 in Q2 of 2009

The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) Write and Give Program gave $3,400 USD to charities in the second 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).

To date the ADC has donated $33,600 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 March 1, 2008 – May 31, 2009 are:

• Alessandro Pace
• Alex Cougarman
• Bobby van der Sluis
• Branimir Angelov
• Chris Charlton
• Damien Bianchi
• Dan Carr
• Darren Osadchuk
• David Flatley
• David Hogue
• Jan Ozer
• Jeanette Stallons
• Jim Babbage
• Juan Sanchez
• Katie Evans
• Kevin Fauth
• Marc Esher
• Mariano Ferrario
• Matt Stow
• Mike Nimer
• Mohinish Basha
• Tommi West

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

New content for Flex 4 SDK beta, Flash Builder 4 and Flash Catalyst beta releases

TONS of new content released today in support of the Flash Builder 4, Flex 4 SDK and Flash Catalyst betas!

Flash Builder 4 on Adobe Labs

Flex 4 SDK on Adobe Labs

Flash Catalyst on Adobe Labs

Learn to Use Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4 SDK

Learn to Use Flash Catalyst

Tutorial and demonstration videos for the Flash Builder 4, Flash Catalyst and Adobe Flex 4 SDK betas

Differences between Flex 3 SDK & Flex 4 SDK beta

What’s new in Flex 4 SDK beta

Flex for ColdFusion developers learning center

Getting started with ColdFusion and Flash Builder 4 beta

Understanding the role of CFCs in Flex application development

Effects in Adobe Flex 4 SDK beta – Part 1: Basic effects

Two-part Flash Catalyst/Flex 4 tutorial

InsideRIA article: Overview of Flex 4 (Gumbo)

InsideRIA article: Flash Catalyst Beta 1 [Top Branch Demo Part 1]

InsideRIA article: Flash Catalyst Beta 1 [Top Branch Demo Part2]

Flex 3 vs Flex 4 State Management

FlashCamp SF Keynote

Flex 4 beta cookbook recipes