Author Archive: Edward Sullivan

Adobe is sponsoring ZendCon 2010

Just a quick FYI that Adobe is sponsoring the upcoming ZendCon 2010.

ZendCon, the premier PHP conference, will be held in Santa Clara, CA from November 1st – 4th. Adobe Platform Evangelist, Ryan Stewart, will be speaking on utilizing ActionScript coming from a PHP background. You’ll learn how to architect complex applications built using Flex and ActionScript in his session on November 3rd at 2:45pm.

Click here to see more information and to register.

ColdFusion Cookbook recipe drive

Contributions to the ColdFusion Cookbook have been sparse as of late, so I wanted to see what I could do to jump-start some recipe contributions.

You may be asking yourself, “what is the ColdFusion Cookbook?”  In short, it is a repository for community generated code samples that offer fellow developers CF-focused coding tips & tricks, workarounds and solutions to specific development challenges.  If you are still uncertain as to what the ColdFusion Cookbook is, or what a CF code recipe should look like, take a peek at this recipe to get a better sense.

Now let’s move on to the gory details of the recipe drive!

From Sep 20 – Oct 18 EVERY person who contributes a code recipe to the ColdFusion Cookbook will receive an ADC branded t-shirt.  If you contribute two recipes in that time frame, yes, you will receive two shirts!

How do you collect your shirt, you ask?  Simple: drop me an email <esulliva at adobe dot com> with the link to your recipe contribution, your preferred t-shirt size and your mailing address/phone.  That’s it…you’re done!

But wait…there’s more.  Whoever submits the most recipes during the contest duration will receive an ADC-branded Timbuk2 bag that will contain some additional yummy surprises in it.

Ready to start submitting?  Well we’re not quite done yet!  At the end of the submission period, we will be choosing the top 5 recipe submissions and putting them out to a community vote to determine who submitted the best recipe.  That individual will be awarded a copy of ColdFusion 9 Std!

When I said “we” will be choosing the 5 finalist to put to vote, I was not speaking in terms of the “royal we”; I have enlisted the help of some CF heavyweights to assist in determining the list of recipe finalists.  You may even know a few of them.  Without further ado, I introduce our esteemed panel of judges:

  1. Raymond Camden – While Ray is probably best known for his love of all things Star Wars, he has also been known to dabble in ColdFusion from time to time.  If you know CF, you know Ray.  Give him a follow on Twitter, or check out his blog.
  2. Terry Ryan – A long time CF’er, Terry is now a Platform Evangelist here at Adobe and is constantly on the road speaking to customers and presenting at various industry events.  You can stay current on Terry’s travels and see what he is up to on his blog and by checking out his Twitter account.
  3. Kevin Schmidt – An unabashed Colts fan, Kevin has been in the CF community for about as long as I can remember as either a user group manager or an Adobe Community Professional.  Kevin recently joined the Mothership as a Solutions Engineer focused on LiveCycle and Flex.  Be sure to follow Kevin’s escapades on his blog and give him a follow on Twitter.

One final word: please don’t rush over to the cookbook and submit a bunch of a half-baked code recipes just to get a t-shirt.  That’s not going to help anyone.  If you really need a t-shirt that bad, email me <esulliva at adobe dot com> and I may take pity on you.  I really hated to even bring this topic up, but the last recipe drive I did resulted in only a handful of top notch contributions and way too many incorrect or incomplete code recipes, which really dilutes the value of the Adobe Cookbooks.

OK, finally…that’s it!  So come share some code with the CF community and get yourself a cool t-shirt.  Or share a bunch of ColdFusion code recipes and take a shot at getting the Timbuk2 bag full of Adobe goodness.  And who knows…maybe your recipe will be selected as one of the 5 finalists and you’ll grab that copy of CF 9 Std!!

If you have any questions on the recipe drive or the cookbook application itself, don’t hesitate to drop me a note <esulliva at adobe dot com>.

Happy coding!

Announcing Cube Builder, a Flex Facebook game

Come check out Cube Builder, a new Facebook game where developers can show off their Flash Builder and Adobe Flex knowledge, build wacky cubicles, and compete for top slots on the leader board.

Answer trivia questions, test your Flex knowledge and try out the arcade game feature as you earn cool items to populate your cube with.

There is plenty of room atop the leader board, so come see where you stack up!

ADC Write and Give Program donates $4,700 in Q2 of 2010

The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) Write and Give Program gave $4,700 USD to charities in the second quarter of 2010. 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 over $47,000 to these charities through the program 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, 2010 – May 31, 2010 are:

  • Liz Meyers
  • Greg Hamer
  • Tommi West
  • Elad Elrom
  • Dan Carr
  • Chris Georgenes
  • Pedro Claudio
  • Holly Schinsky
  • Eric Steimle
  • David Powers
  • Jeanette Stallons
  • Andrew Voltmer
  • Tanya Heins
  • Stephanie Sullivan
  • David Gassner
  • Trilemetry (Brad Van Brocklin, Emily Kim, Therese Bea)

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

Round up of Adobe HTML5 resources

As most of you are probably aware by now, Adobe made some exciting announcements today during the Google I/O keynote pertaining to the immediate availability of the Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 HTML5 Pack extension. This extension provides initial support for HTML5 and CSS3 in Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, and helps you easily create HTML5 pages and CSS3 styles.

Below is a brief list of resources that launched in support of this announcement:

You can download the extension from Adobe Labs.

Some supporting content around the announcement:

Adobe Cookbooks silent auction – recipe contributions

With all the recent software releases (Creative Suite 5, Flash Builder 4, Flex 4 SDK, ColdFusion Builder) it felt like it was time for the Adobe Developer Connection to sponsor another Adobe Cookbooks silent auction for Cookbook recipe contributions. You may be wondering what exactly a silent auction is? It is where individuals submit private bids on a specific item. Then at the end of the bidding period, the person with the highest bid takes home the item.

Traditionally, bids in silent auctions are made in dollars. However, for the Cookbooks silent auction, bids will be made in recipes (how many recipes you are willing to contribute.) With the ground rules laid, the question is, how many cookbook recipes are you willing to contribute to the Adobe Cookbooks to get this snazzy ADC branded Timbuk2 bag? Wait, don’t answer that yet.

How many cookbook recipes would you be willing to contribute if that bag was also full of assorted Adobe goodies? Wait, don’t answer that yet.

How many cookbook recipes would you be willing to contribute if that bag was also full of assorted Adobe goodies and also included a copy of software?

OK, now you can answer. For those interested in bidding, you can send your bid directly to me. What should be included in your bid?

• How many recipes you are bidding
• What product(s) your recipes will cover
• Length of time you think you’ll need to contribute your recipes

Depending on how things go, I may accept several bids; one for Flex recipes, one for Flash recipes, one for Dreamweaver recipes, etc…the only caveat is that recipes should be focused on the most current version of the product.

As an added incentive, any recipes that are truly outstanding will get featured in the Adobe Developer Connection.

I’ll be accepting bids through the end of next next week, at which point I will contact the individual(s) who submitted the winning (highest) bids. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

If you are unsure what a cookbook recipe is, take a look at our sample recipe.

And remember, you don’t have to wait for special contests or promotions to contribute your code recipes to the Adobe Cookbooks…we accept recipe contributions all year round!

Happy bidding and happy coding!

Adobe Cookbooks – Update Released!

I wanted to let folks know that today we pushed an update live for the Adobe Cookbooks application based on user feedback.

I wanted to highlight a couple of the public facing improvements:

  • We have added a Flex brush to our code highlighter making it simple to highlight a block of Flex code and apply the appropriate formatting to it.
  • Twitter integration has been added across the application giving users the ability to retweet their favorite recipes or follow the Adobe Cookbooks Twitter account.
  • In addition to actual recipes, recipe requests will now automatically be tweeted when submitted as well. If you follow the Adobe Cookbooks Twitter account, any tweet that starts with “Adobe Cookbooks | Request”, is a recipe request, not a recipe contribution. Recipe requests are requests from other cookbook users for a specific recipe, so be sure to check those out in case you can provide the answer!

Thanks to all the cookbook contributors for taking the time to share their knowledge with the greater community. Those recipe contributions are what continue to make the cookbooks a great community resource. Be sure to watch this blog for some upcoming cookbook contests as well for a chance to win some cool prizes!

And if surveys aren’t your thing, always feel free to drop me a note directly if you have any feedback or questions about the cookbooks application.

ADC Write and Give Program donates $3,500 in Q1 of 2010

The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) Write and Give Program gave $3,500 USD to charities in the first quarter of 2010. 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).

However, just for last quarter, we offered an additional charity choice to support the relief effort in Haiti, which a lot of our authors selected as their charity choice.

To date the ADC has donated over $43,000 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, 2009 – February 28, 2010 are:

  • Jun Heider
  • David Hassoun
  • Rodney Smith
  • Chris Georgenes
  • Rob Ford
  • Liz Myers
  • Todd Pasternack
  • Thea Eaton
  • Michael Williams
  • R Blank
  • Mariam Dholkawala
  • Brian Rinaldi

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

Creating games on the Adobe Flash Platform

The Adobe Flash Platform is the leading platform in the world for developing games on the web. The Flash Platform Game Technology Center is a great place to start learning how to develop your very own Flash games. Additionally, several articles have been posted recently to the Adobe Developer Connection on the topic of game development that are great resources for developers creating games on the Flash Platform.

Danielle Deibler, a senior engineering manager at Adobe, wrote an article to introduce developers to the Flash Platform Game Technology Center. It is a great read as she discusses the tools for building games, the runtimes for rendering games and even touches on some of the new Flash Platform services being offered to assist developers in not only deploying their games, but also monetizing them.

Next, Nick Avgerinos, a senior systems engineer at Adobe, put out a terrific piece to provide an introduction to some of the many different Adobe technologies that you can use to build great games, in an attempt to break down some of the technologies and terminologies used in the Flash Platform to help new developers make sense of it all.

Finally, there are two articles that go into depth on using a technique called “blitting”. First Renaun Erickson (a recent addition to the Adobe Platform Evangelist team) demonstrates in his article how you can give your games a performance boost by using blitting techniques and Flash Builder 4. Then, Michael James Williams follows up with an article that delves into some more advanced blitting techniques and caching.

Adobe Cookbooks – Update Released!

Today we released an update to the Adobe Cookbooks application based on the feedback we have received from users. If you would like to provide us with your feedback, please visit our short survey.

As far as the updates released, cookbook users will now find:

  • An update to the code editor to make formatting your code samples easier and more legible
  • Auto-save when creating recipes so users don’t have to worry about losing work
  • Preview button so contributors can check their recipes prior to publishing
  • The ability to comment on recipe requests so other users can ask clarifying questions if necessary before attempting to address the request
  • More granular breadcrumb trails to assist users in navigating through the application

We have many more updates planned and want your help in driving new features and improvements, so if you are a cookbook user or contributor, be sure to let us know your thoughts.