Archive for October, 2006

Flex Scheduling Framework – Available on Labs

With everything going on at Max, others have already beaten me to the announce that the Flex Scheduling Framework is available on Adobe Labs, but for people coming back to my blog to check on progress, I thought it best to announce here too.

So, go check it out and let us know what you think.

Flex Scheduling Framework – Adobe Labs Release

A couple of months ago, I announced the creation of an Open Source Calendar Component for Flex 2.

Despite saying at the time that it’d be ready when its ready, I’ve been pretty much inundated with requests asking whether its ready, when it would be ready, why it wasn’t ready or could an early version be made ready. I nearly added the word ready to my email spam filter.

However, during the intervening time, something else happened; my thinking around what ready meant actually changed – I realised that it wasn’t just a Calendar Component we were building, but a fully fledged Scheduling Framework. I also realised that saying whether it was ready or not was not really my decision.

You see, a framework like this cannot just be built with no regards to how it will be used. We’ve built some samples which we’ll be releasing alongside the framework, but it’ll be the real-life applications that will truly test-drive the APIs, the scalability and the performance of the framework.

So, I’ve decided the framework won’t be released when its ready after all; it’ll be released when its nearly ready. And nearly is within the next couple of weeks, hopefully by the time I’m presenting at Max 2006.

It has also been decided that this early-release version of the framework will be released on Adobe Labs.

So, keep an eye on my blog and I’ll let you know more soon. In the meantime, here’s another screenshot of the Scheduling Framework in use.


Flex 2 and Automation – My Max Talk

Max 2006, the Adobe Conference, starts in a little over two weeks and I’ve been putting the finishing touches to my talk.

This year, I’ll be talking on Flex 2 and Automation.

Some of you may be asking what Automation is. Without pre-empting my talk, automation is the automatic control of software, be that building, running or testing.

A large part of my talk will center around automation and testing. In particular, I’ll talk about and show a demonostration of Mercury Quick Test Professional being used to control a Flex application, as a means to functional testing.

I am seriously impressed with what the Flex product team has done in their efforts to make Flex applications testable in this manner and I’d urge enterprise development teams to consider its use.

If you haven’t already signed up to go to Max, you’d better hurry up. Did I mention that it’s in Las Vegas – what better excuse do you need? Who knows, you might even bump into Elvis…