What I’m doing at MAX

Adobe’s annual conference for designers and developers, MAX, is taking place this year in Los Angeles from October 4th to 7th. I’m starting to work on the detail of both the session and lab that I’ll be presenting at MAX this year and thought I’d share the outline here in a blatant attempt to get you to go register for my sessions on the MAX site :)

MAX 2009, LA, October 4 - 7th

Both are on the topic on designer/developer workflow and the use of Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder – first up is a session entitled “Working with Flash Catalyst Projects in Flash Builder 4″.

This session will be focused on helping developers understand how to make use of the assets, projects and code that designers will generate when using Flash Catalyst. I’ll be covering the Flex project structure, how to work with generated states, transitions, component skin definitions and item renderers in Flash Builder, replacing dummy data with real data, dealing with changes in the design and using library packages to skin components across multiple projects. We’ll also explore some of the best practices that designers need to adopt so as to help you as the developer.

Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder workflow

The hands-on lab that I’m running, entitled “Design to Development – Flash Catalyst to Flash Builder” will walk through the end-to-end process of creating an expressive rich Internet application using the beta releases of the tools. Specifically, on the design side we’ll cover converting artwork to components, round-tripping to to make design changes, defining user interface states, triggering changes to application state and applying transitions between states. Then on the development of the application, we’ll look at importing into Flash Builder, connecting to data services and customizing the application.

You can read the formal session descriptions on the MAX session locator and once you’ve registered for MAX you can go ahead and sign yourself up for these by logging into the same tool.

If you have any specific thoughts on areas that you’d like to see covered in either the lab or the session then please let me know via the comments.

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