Archive for August, 2009

New content available in the Adobe Developer Connection

The Adobe Developer Connection has been updated with a lot of new content:

Adobe Flash Catalyst best practices: Follow these hints and tips to help move design assets from Illustrator to Flash Catalyst in a structured way.

A survey of Inversion of Control frameworks for Flex: Compare popular dependency injection frameworks for Flex.

Create your first Facebook AIR application with Flex: Learn to build a Facebook AIR application with Flex in 40 minutes.

Building extensions for Adobe ColdFusion Builder beta: Learn the basics of creating your own extensions for ColdFusion Builder beta.

Building a website with Web Premium CS4 – Part 7: Finalizing and reviewing the home page: Learn how to finalize the home page of the AdventureTours site by completing the following tasks:

* Create a Photoshop Smart Object to facilitate editing the banner graphic of the home page.
* Add placeholder links to the top and bottom navigation text.
* Use the Adobe BrowserLab service to check how different browsers render the page.

Building a website with Web Premium CS4 – Part 8: Creating the database: In this tutorial, you complete the following tasks:

* Create a MySQL database and define its data structure
* Connect to the database from within Dreamweaver

Creating a WordPress theme with Dreamweaver – Part 1: Learning the basics: Lay the groundwork for building your own WordPress theme in Dreamweaver.

Learning Flash CS4 Professional: Help master the new motion editor, integrated 3D system, and character control with the new inverse kinematics animation system.

Search engine optimization for Flash: Learn best practices for building websites with SWF content that will stand tall in search rankings.

Easy animation with the Motion Editor in Flash: Learn how to quickly tune motions, transformations, color effects, and more in Flash.

Flex cookbook recipe silent auction!

The Adobe Developer Connection is holding a silent auction for Flex cookbook recipe contributions. The rules are simple. We will be accepting recipe contribution bids for the Flex cookbook until midnight ET tomorrow. Whoever submits the highest bid (in other words whoever pledges to contribute the most cookbook recipes) will be the winner. The winner will have 30 days to contribute their recipes, at which point they will be sent one of those snazzy Timbuk2 bags.

All bids need to be sent to by midnight ET on Thursday (8/20) to be considered.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to give back to the Flex community while taking home a spiffy bag! Here is a peek at the bag for inspiration!

UPDATE: there is a very good chance that the bag may be packed with some yummy Flex goodness as well!

New content available in the Adobe Developer Connection

Lots new in the Adobe Developer Connection this week:

Five great new features in Flash Builder 4 beta: Learn about the five highly anticipated and valuable additions to the product.

An iterative approach to the designer-developer workflow: Effectively communicate the iterative model used in development and design among your teams.

Building a website with Web Premium CS4 – Part 5: Slicing and exporting site assets with Fireworks: Learn how to bring a design from Photoshop into Fireworks and export it as a CSS layout.

Building a website with Web Premium CS4 – Part 6: Adding styles to finalize the page design: Learn how to add formatting styles and apply them to specific HTML tags and create custom classes to add rules that will affect elements that reoccur on the page.

Setting up a Fireworks web design mock-up for CSS and images export: Prepare a website mock-up in Fireworks, review a sample design’s structure, and optimize the exported CSS/HTML code.

Navigating the SOA open standards landscape around architecture
(PDF, 1.1M): This document explains and positions architectural standards for SOA reference models and ontologies, reference architectures, maturity models, SOA modeling languages, and open standards work related to the topic of SOA governance.

In the Developer Spotlight: Artemy Malkov: Meet our most recent developer in the spotlight, Artemy Malkov.

August Flex Cookbook recipe drawing

For the month of August, every single cookbook recipe contributed to the Flex Cookbook will be entered into an end-of-month drawing for some terrific giveaways. The more recipes you contribute, the more entries you will have in the drawing.

There will be one prize added to the monthly drawing for every 10 recipes contributed; so if there are 10 contributions posted in August then there will be one prize drawing. If there are 20 recipes contributed there will be two prize drawings, etc. That means that one out of every 10 contributors is guaranteed a prize.

What are the prizes you ask? Good question, because the prizes for this drawing absolutely rock. If things like an Adobe branded Timbuk2 bag, an iPod or a copy of Flex Builder 3 Professional pique your interest, then start contributing your Flex recipes post haste!