RIA Experience Design Talk (18-11-09)

Hi,

A key piece of successful rich internet application (RIA) design is ensuring that the application meets the needs of the end user. User experience design therefore plays a key role in any RIA implementation.

George Neill is a member of Adobe’s Technology and Experience Innovation group. With over 20 years experience as a designer he has an extensive understanding of users’ needs and behaviours, and a deep insight into how that understanding can be applied pragmatically to create innovative experiences that achieve clients’ business objectives.

This months talk at the Enterprise RIA User Group is on the 18th November and will be given by George. You can register for the free talk here.

Hope to see you there…

Ben Forsaith

New Adobe (UK) Enterprise Blog

The UK Technical Team at Adobe has started an Enterprise Blog. Several members of the team will be contributing so expect lots of information to be posted.

I’ll be contributing to that blog but will also maintain a presence here. Check it out…

Ben

Enterprise Flex talk at Skillsmatter (21/10/2009)

Hi All,

Every third Wednesday of the month Skillsmatter host the Enterprise RIA User Group (sponsored by Adobe) at their offices in Farringdon. Everyone is welcome and if you have an Interest in Enterprise scale applications then this is for you.

Tomorrows talk (21st October 2009) is being given by Børre Wessel and is entitled “Scaling Flex for enterprise applications”.

Børre Wessel is a Managing Consultant at Lab49. For the past ten years Børre has focused on advanced user interface development and the successful delivery of numerous enterprise systems.

This session will cover how to scale Flex for enterprise applications. Lab49 are engaged on a number of large Flex applications, and this session will cover some of the lessons learned on how to develop large, scalable and high performing applications built on top of the Flash Platform. Presentation will cover topics like Modularisation, Inversion of Control and Developer-Designer workflow.

I’ll be there as always and can’t wait to hear what Børre has to say.

See you there.
Ben

Enterprise Flash: Morgan Stanley launches the Matrix

Hi,

I wanted to highlight this great example of how the Flash Platform is being used in the Financial industry.

Morgan Stanley have launched a game changing application that aims to provide their customers with the industry leading online trading environment. But don’t just take my word for it…the following micro-site provides valuable insight into what has been delivered (and has some demos too).

Check out the Matrix

You can also get some insight on the application over at Andrew Shorten’s Blog.

Ben

Another leap forward for the Flash Platform

Hi,

Some great releases today that I’d encourage everyone interested in application development to try out…The new beta releases for Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst and the Flex 4 SDK are live on Adobe Labs.

There are a load of resources to get started with, these are the highlights:

Beta Videos
What’s new in Flash Builder
What’s new in the SDK

There are some great sample apps to get you started as well.

Have fun – and let us know what you think.

Great resource for LiveCycle Developers

I just had to post a link to the brand new Tour de LiveCycle AIR application.

Tour de LiveCycle contains over 1,000 pages of content organized into a hierarchical tree that allows navigation to topics that are of interest to the viewer, including tools, services, APIs, user interfaces, architecture, system requirements, and much more. It is a very handy resource if your learning or already using LiveCycle.

Note, there is also a Tour de Flex AIR application that has been out of a while now.

Ben

UK Apollo talks in April…

Apollo is out and is creating a huge buzz here in the UK (I’m already seeing some great apps).

 

Later this month Mike Downey (Senior Product Manager for Apollo) will be in the UK speaking at a number of events.  So if you want to hear and see more about Apollo be sure to mark your calendars.  Mike will be speaking…

 

17th April: London Flash Platform User Group from 7pm (plus CS3 update from Steve Burnard)

 

18th April: Future of Web Design

 

Mike is a great speaker so don’t miss out.

Reg Developer highlights Flex/Apollo

Hi All,

 

I’ve been a reader of Reg Developer for some time.  So it was nice to meet Tim Anderson when I ran a Flex 2 workshop for the Press last month.  Tim posted an article today on Flex and Apollo which you can read in full here.

 

The subtitle is "Why Flex and Apollo will shake up client application development" which immediately got my attention because I believe they will.  In fact I would be as bold as to suggest that they already have.  Flash based Rich Internet Applications have steadily grown in popularity for years, and now Flex 2.0 has added a complete toolset for building these applications.

 

Tim goes on to reference the fact that "Apollo adapts Flex for the creation of desktop as opposed to browser-hosted applications and it promises to be well suited for offline use, providing access to the local file system".  He concludes that
"my hunch is that Flex and Apollo will make more impact than previous attempts from Adobe (or Macromedia) at cracking the market for rich internet-connected application", and I believe he is right…

 

…Why?

 

Well check out this demo of an Apollo app given by Mike Downey and tell me if you don’t think its cool.

 

Ben

Flex Data Services and AJAX

Hi,

 

So I hope that folks are familiar with the Labs site at Adobe where most of our latest projects are published.

 

I wanted to highlight some cool additions for Ajax / Flex developers that were posted this week. The first is AJAX Data Services

 

AJAX Data Services is a JavaScript library that lets AJAX developers access the messaging and data management capabilities of Flex Data Services directly from JavaScript. It lets you use Flex clients and AJAX clients that share data in the same messaging application or distributed data application.”

 

The second is an update to previously published Flex-Ajax Bridge.

 

“The Flex AJAX Bridge (FABridge) is a small, unobtrusive code library that you can insert into an Adobe® Flex™ application, a Flex component, or even an empty SWF file to expose it to scripting in the browser.”

 

I think this is a hugely powerful way of extending Ajax applications.  This makes it really easy to add pub/sub messaging and real-time data push to your applications.  I’ll certainly be adding some samples to my demo collection.

 

Cheers

Ben


Hi There…

Hi Folks, welcome to my new Blog.  My name is Ben Forsaith and I’m a product specialist with Adobe UK. My passion and focus is Flex, Flash and LiveCycle technologies (plus I’m hugely excited about the upcoming Apollo software).

 

I’m constantly amazed by the applications that people build with Adobe software, and love to spread the word about them.  So if you’re working on pioneering Flash sites or building RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) with Flex 2 then drop me a line (ben.forsaith@adobe.com).

 

The focus of this Blog is what is happening in the UK, both within Adobe and the designer/developer community.  I’ll be using this site to highlight events, seminars and competitions that are happening in the UK.  So please feel free to email me with your activities and I’ll blog them here.

 

Thanks

Ben