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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!

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.

New for you at ADC: Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4 learning resources

The wait is over and the secret is out — today Adobe announced the release of Flash Builder 4 (previously Flex Builder) and the open source Flex 4 framework.

To help you get started with these versions, the ADC has prepared new and updated resources for everyone. Be sure to read the articles What’s new in Flash Builder 4 and What’s new in Flex 4 to see how you can benefit from the new features of the latest releases.

For those of you who are considering moving from Flex 3 to Flex 4, the article Differences between Flex 3 and Flex 4 is a good reference.

Experienced web developers curious about Flex should definitely try our new Flex Test Drive to see what it takes to build an app in one hour and explore other things you can easily do with Flex and Flash Builder. If you’re serious about learning to use Flash Builder and Flex, you’ll want to try our updated Flex in a Week video training course. Also Tour de Flex is updated for Flex 4 now with tons of new samples.

If you are coming to Flex from ColdFusion, Java, PHP, or .NET, we also have good news for you. We have redesigned our Flex integration centers for ColdFusion, Java, PHP, and .NET with new and updated content that caters to your specific technical background.

Finally, if you are inspired by the software and our learning resources and want to contribute to Adobe Developer Connection, don’t hesitate to send us your proposals or share tips and tricks with your peers in the Flex cookbook.

Enjoy Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4!

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.

Adobe Cookbooks – Contributor Spotlight

I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few cookbook contributors who have been extremely active in the Adobe Cookbooks lately.

Elad Elrom: Elad is a rising star of the Flash development world. He brings a fresh perspective, a strong background, and an inherent knack for the more subtle aspects of the Flash platform. The author of several books, Elad has also been invited to be a member of the Adobe Community Professional program. Additionally, he is one of the organizers of the upcoming Flash And The City event. Recently Elad has contributed a bunch of excellent cookbook recipes focusing on AIR 2; check them out!

David Powers: If you are part of the Dreamweaver or PHP communities then the name David Powers is probably not unfamiliar to you. David is constantly out there assisting the community and is also a member of the Adobe Community Professional program. David is also the author of several best-selling books about Dreamweaver and PHP, including “The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP“, “PHP Solutions“, and “PHP Object-Oriented Solutions“. David has recently been making quite a splash in the Adobe Cookbooks with his recipe contributions. You can see a list of his recipe contributions here.

Sergey Landar: Sergey is a relative newcomer to the scene. He has 5 years of experience in UI for the web and has recently started picking up ActionScript to expand his skillset. Sergey has contributed over 40 cookbook recipes over the past several months, sharing tips and tricks with the community as he picks them up in the course of his learning. Be sure to check out his impressive list of recipes.

A big thank you to Elad, David and Sergey! It is folks like you who continue to make the Adobe Cookbooks a great resource for the community.

ADC Write and Give Program donates $3,500 in Q4 of 2009

The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) Write and Give Program gave $3,500 USD to charities in the fourth 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 $40,000 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 September 1, 2009 – November 30, 2009 are:

  • David Gassner
  • Ryan Grabenstein
  • Chris Converse
  • Elad Elrom
  • Bryan Patterson
  • Jun Heider
  • Dan Vega
  • David Hogue
  • Matthijs Collard
  • R Blank
  • Jeanette Stallons
  • David Deraedt
  • Tanya Heins
  • Nicholas Kwiatkowski

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

Get involved! Adobe Cookbook – Recipe Requests

The Adobe Cookbooks application is your one-stop shop for finding and sharing community generated code samples. One of the great new features of the recently re-designed Cookbooks application is the recipe request feature. This allows users who cannot locate their desired code sample to put out a request for it to other community members. Additionally, fellow community members can vote for specific requests so that users can determine at a glance which requests are the most popular.

A list of recipe requests can be seen on the home page for each of the technologies that the Adobe Cookbooks support. Currently, the Flex Cookbook has the most unanswered recipe requests. You can also easily stay current on the queue of requests by subscribing to the uber RSS feed, or you can get notified of requests for specific technologies like Flex.

And while answering a recipe request won’t bring you fame and fortune, it will give you:

  • The opportunity to have the request you addressed featured in the Adobe Developer Connection
  • That warm fuzzy feeling you get from assisting your fellow developers
  • The potential to have your recipe included in an upcoming version of the O’Reilly Flex Cookbook
  • Visibility on adobe.com via the Adobe Cookbook recognition features for contributors

Also, for a limited time, every person who addresses a recipe request will be sent a free copy of the Getting Started with Flex 3 Pocket Guide. Just email Ed Sullivan with a link to the recipe request you plan on addressing and then after you publish it, just sit back and wait for your book to arrive!

So if you know how to create a simple shopping cart with Flex 3, what are you waiting for?!