Yesterday, we launched Adobe AIR 1.1, which includes support for localized and international applications. To help grow the AIR developer community, we also launched a beta version of the Adobe AIR cookbook, where you can post solutions and work-arounds to common coding problems related to building Flex, Flash, or HTML/Ajax-based apps on Adobe AIR, as well as rate and comment on posts.
If you have a solution related to building on AIR, be sure to post it to the AIR cookbook for a chance to have your solution appear in the upcoming Adobe AIR Cookbook. The book will be written and compiled by David Tucker, Marco Casario, Rich Tretola, and Koen De Weggheleire and published by O’Reilly Media. All posts will receive equal consideration.
For information on the online AIR cookbook, go to the AIR Developer Center; for more infor on the upcoming O’Reilly AIR Cookbook, check out David Tucker’s blog.
RIA developers: Got great code recipes marinating in your brain? During the Flex 3 Cookbook Cook-Off contest, share your code solutions in the Flex Cookbook site for a chance to win some great prizes, including a free ticket to MAX 2008, the entire set of books from the O’Reilly Adobe Developer Library, and more. Read more about it in the article.
The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) Write and Give Program gave $6000 USD to charities in the second quarter of 2008. 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 ADC. Each author chooses his or her charity from a list of five preselected charities (listed below). In 2008, our goal is to give between $24,000-$32,000 to the following charities in recognition of the ADC authors. To our ADC authors, thank you for sharing your technical expertise with the greater developer community and helping other communities as well!
Read on to find out how much we gave in Q2 2008, and to see the list of authors for this quarter!
O’Reilly Media has released the print version of Flex 3 Cookbook: Code-Recipes, Tips, and Tricks for RIA Developers this week! Get your copy from Amazon.
The authors, Josh Noble and Todd Anderson selected recipes from the live Adobe Flex cookbook site to add to the print copy. Thank you to all of our contributors for your contributions to the site. Keep sharing your recipes, feel the thrill of helping fellow developers and you could end up in a future version of the print cookbook!
As well, today, we released a re-skinned version of the Flex Cookbook site at http://www.adobe.com/go/flex_cookbook. With this release, we created a wider format Flex cookbook, improving the readability of code within cookbook recipes and in the composing recipe page. We hope you enjoy it!
Yesterday, we launched a couple of exciting new enhancements on the Adobe Developer Connection, specifically in the Flex Developer Center.
A new community-powered search is the first enhancement. The community powered search is designed to help people find the best answer to their question, no matter where the answer may reside. If the best answer is on someone’s blog in the community, that’s the answer we want to help people find. This will not replace the existing search on adobe.com, but will be available as a new beta search. There is a team of Flex advisors who are adding URLs/domains to this search on an ongoing basis.
We have also added the ability for users to add comments to Flex Developer Center content. As most of you know, we’ve had commenting on Adobe Livedocs for a while. This is the next generation of commenting, in that the commenting functionality across these two different places is integrated. The intent of commenting is to gather feedback and deliver the best possible content; by integrating the commenting, and who reviews and acts on those comments we can strive to be as consistent as possible across content on adobe.com. Again, there is a team of Flex advisors moderating comments, and Hong Qiu and I will be moderating the Flex Developer Center comments. Note that all posted comments go live immediately, however, where there is inappropriate content, the moderators will scrub as needed. The coolest part is that authors can monitor comments on their articles by subscribing to the RSS feed (see link below) for Flex Developer Center.
You can see both of these enhancements on the Flex Developer Center: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/. To find the new features:
• Flex community-powered search: Look in the right-nav in the Flex DC, and you will see the “Search Community-Powered Help” form field.
• Commenting: Browse to any article in the Flex Developer Center, and you will see the option to add your comment.
• Subscribe to the RSS feed for comments for the Flex Developer Center and see all comments, anytime: http://community.adobe.com/ion/rss/comments.html?label=flex_product_adobelr&language=en_US
We encourage you to try these new enhancements and send any feedback. The search results page that gets returned will have a link to a feedback survey at the top right of the page.
Happy searching and commenting!
Manager, Content community and applications
We are proud to announce the ADC Write and Give Program, which acknowledges the writing efforts of our ADC community authors by giving US$100 to a charity for each author’s published article on ADC. Each author chooses his or her charity from a list of five preselected charities (listed below). In 2008, our goal is to give between $24,000-$32,000 to the following charities in recognition of the ADC authors. To our ADC authors, thank you for sharing your technical expertise with the greater developer community and helping other communities as well!
Read on to find out how much we gave in Q1 2008, and to see the list of authors for this quarter!
In 2008’s first quarter, the ADC gave $8000 to the following charities. When there are less than 80 authors in a given quarter, the ADC splits the remainder of the money between the charities:
- Benetech: Creates new technology solutions that serve humanity and empower people to improve their lives. Amount given: $1340
- Nature Conservancy: Works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Amount given: $1740
- Mercy Corp: Alleviates suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Amount given: $1440
- Care: Fights global poverty by serving individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Amount given: $1640
- America’s Second Harvest Network: Is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization. Amount given: $1840
The authors who participated in this program from December 1, 2007 – February 29, 2008 are:
- Rob Adams
- Charlie Arehart
- Bejeck Bill
- Paul Blakely
- R Blank
- Tim Buntel
- Ray Camden
- Dan Carr
- Jeff Chastain
- Craig Clarke
- Robert Colvin
- Samir Dash
- Mariam Dholkawala
- Peter Elst
- Jeffrey Freeman
- Rodger Fuller
- Tom Green
- Phillip Kerman
- Adam Lehman
- Nicolas Lierman
- David Locke
- Joseph Lowery
- Hodgson Michael
- Giorgio Natili
- Alessandro Pace
- Paul Guerette
- Mark Piller
- Todd Prekaski
- Rob Adams
- Jared Rypka-Hauer
- Serge van den Oever
- Steve Walker
- Scott Stroz
- Brian Szoszorek
- David Tucker
- Michael Tuminello
Thank you, authors, for your contributions to the ADC!
Manager, Content Communities and Applications
Adobe Developer Connection
If you happened to attend MAX 2007 in Chicago, you were among the first to see a demo of an enticing and entertaining new desktop shopping experience courtesy of e-commerce solution provider Allurent —Allurent Desktop Connection. Allurent built the prototype in Flex on AIR for Anthropologie, the women’s apparel and home goods retailer, and Daniel Rinehart, software architect at Allurent, shares some of his experiences working on the app.
Check out his article, User experience considerations with SQLite operations, in which he explores how to manipulate information in a SQLite database using the rich APIs provided by the AIR runtime to produce the rich interactive shopping experience demoed at MAX 2007.
Last night, on the occasion of the public release of the Adobe AIR runtime, we went live with new and updated content in the Adobe AIR Developer Center. Now that the AIR runtime is out of Labs, we hope to make the AIR Developer Center your destination for tips on building AIR apps, as well as a source of inspiration for what you can do with AIR–from fun to functional. For example, in Sudoku on AIR , Giorgio Natili demonstrates how easy it is to bring a browser-based Flash app to the desktop, and Nicolas Lierman, creator of the Analytics Reporting Suite for Google Analytics, shares how AIR helped him realize his idea of a cool, new app. You, too, can build on AIR. Let me know what you think, or what AIR-related topics you’re interested in.