Posts in Category "Community"

CF Cookbook contest winner(s)

Wow.

That is all I can say…wow. As many of you probably saw, I put the call out to the CF community to hit 100 recipes in this post on Oct 8 and in less than a week, the CF community delivered the goods. I honestly expected it to take the better part of a month or longer to hit the 100 recipe target; less than a week though? That is why the CF community rocks so ridiculously hard.

I am so impressed by the response, that I decided to draw 2 winners from the pool of recipe contributors instead of one — just my small way of thanking you all for the absolutely amazing response.

So, without further ado…the two winning contributors selected at random are:

Dan Switzer and Sameer Gupta. Click on their names to see a list of all their great CF cookbook contributions.

Congratulations guys! Email me at esulliva@adobe.com and I’ll get you squared away on receiving your copy of CF 9 Standard.

And please, keep those terrific recipe contributions coming everyone!

Ed Sullivan

ColdFusion Cookbook contest – drive to 100 recipes!

I am calling on all the ColdFusion developers out there to help us reach our goal of having 100 cookbook contributions in the recently launched ColdFusion Cookbook. With the recent release of ColdFusion 9 and the updated beta for ColdFusion Builder, there is lots new to discover!

If you need a reason other than giving back to your fellow CF developers, something you guys already do a remarkable job of (thought a little flattery couldn’t hurt), here it comes…once we reach 100 contributions, we will do a drawing for a copy of ColdFusion 9 (Standard edition) from the pool of authors who helped us hit the 100 recipe mark. If you contributed 2 of the 100 recipes, you would have 2 entries in the raffle; if you contribute 7 of the 100 recipes, you would have 7 entries in the raffle, and so on…

To get maximum exposure for your contributions, be sure to have your adobe.com community profile updated with all your websites, blogs and social networking sites, as well as a profile picture and bio. To update your community profile, click here, login with your adobe.com membership ID and then follow the “View your profile” link.

Currently 27 recipes have been posted in the CF Cookbook. In anticipation of getting this question, the authors of those 27 entries are already entered in the raffle, so only 73 more to go!

Don’t dally…get your CF contributions in today!

New Cookbooks application launched!

The Adobe Developer Connection is excited to announce that the brand new Adobe Cookbooks application is now live! This uber Adobe Cookbook application replaces the individual, product-specific cookbook applications that we previously had in place for Flex, AIR and Mobile. The new application will still support those technologies, in addition to a dozen or so additional technologies, all within a single application. For those new to the cookbook applications, they are a searchable repository for community-generated code samples.

You can read more about the new application in this Logged In article on the Adobe Developer Connection.

The new application has an updated design in addition to several new features:

  • Many more products/technologies supported
  • Improved navigation and search
  • Recipe requests – for developers who can’t find the code sample they are looking for
  • Related recipes – that appear in a side bar of all recipe pages
  • Cookbook Explorer – a visual display of top cookbook recipes and contributors
  • New contributor recognition features – profile pics, links to blogs, links to community profiles

Community participation is the backbone of the cookbook application, so whether you are coming to contribute, request or locate a recipe, or comment on and rate existing content, your participation in this community application is greatly appreciated. Contributors should be sure to have their Adobe.com community profiles filled out before publishing any recipes as that is where the application will pull in a lot of the author recognition features. To fill out your community profile, login here and click “View your profile.”

We will be updating the Adobe Cookbook after the initial launch with new features and new functionality. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so after you check out the new Cookbook, please feel free post your comments and suggestions in our Cookbook Feedback Forum.

Additionally, be sure to watch this blog going forward as this is where we will be announcing Cookbook contests and promotions from time to time.

Enjoy the new cookbook application!!

ADC Write and Give Program donates $2,600 in Q3 of 2009

The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) Write and Give Program gave $2,600 USD to charities in the third 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 over $36,000 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 June 1, 2009 – August 31, 2009 are:

• Michael Bierman
• Chris Carlton
• Tanya Heins
• David Gassner
• Tommi West
• Murray Summers
• Chris Converse
• Mark Mandel
• David Flatley
• Eric Owens
• Jon Rose
• Ryan Knight
• Dan Carr
• Richard Leggett
• Tom Green
• Simon Free
• Matt Sheehan
• Nicholas Tunney

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

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 esulliva@adobe.com 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!

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!

Meet the Flex Cookbook Moderators

It is with great pleasure that I introduce our team of volunteers who will be acting as community moderators for the Flex cookbook.

• Michelle Yaiser; @MichelleYaiser
• Mykola Bilokonsky; @mykola
• Romke de Haan; @romke
• Chetan K. Sachdev; @cksachdev
• Russ Ferguson; @asciibn

I have include their Twitter IDs, so feel free to follow them.

Moderators will perform several functions with regards to the Flex cookbook. They’ll be assisting in vetting recipes that get submitted, in addition to helping drive awareness and community contributions for the cookbook. So if you contribute, expect to see one of them drop a comment or two on your recipe!!

Please join me in welcoming these folks as well as thanking them for making time to ensure that the Flex cookbook is a great community resource.

Thanks!

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!

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

Developers in the spotlight

The Developer Spotlight program is where we periodically feature a developer who is pushing the limits with our technologies, or contributing to the larger Adobe developer community in a significant way. You can read more about the program here.

Our most recent Developer Spotlight selection is David Hassoun. David was selected for his use of Flex and the Flash Media Server family of products to deliver RIAs utilizing streaming media technologies. You can read more about David here. For a list of past spotlight selections visit our archive page.

If you have someone you would like to be considered for an upcoming spotlight, please drop us a line and let us know.