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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!

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 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!

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!

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!