Food Safety 2.0: Adobe Technologies Help Federal Agencies Collaborate on Food Supply Defense and Protection

Before a wedge of lettuce, ear of corn or cut of steak makes it to your dinner plate, there is a long process that food goes through to ensure that it is safe to eat. The process to determine food safety is overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). How do these massive agencies collaborate and make sure that they can securely access info, even when it’s outside of their organizations servers and ecosystems? That’s where the Adobe Flash Platform comes in.

In order for these agencies to cross-collaborate on food supply safety, Eric Hoffman, technical director at Minnesota based Datastream Connexion, created CoreSHIELD. CoreSHIELD, with “Core” standing for “common organization registry environment,” is operated by the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. CoreSHIELD began as a single portal that was built on Adobe ColdFusion back in 2004. Given its success as the underlying framework, CoreSHIELD now holds together dozens of customized portals (such as FoodSHIELD) that share resources under a common umbrella for federal agencies.  As Hoffman has created more portals, he used Adobe ColdFusion Builder and Adobe Flash Builder to build them.

To date, CoreSHIELD lets 350,000 users across federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as laboratories and academia, work collaboratively toward improved national security, a more safeguarded  U.S. food supply and better public health practices. In addition to using ColdFusion and Flash Builder, CoreSHIELD relied on multiple Adobe technologies like Adobe Flex and Adobe Connect. Additionally,  Adobe RoboHelp was used for building help systems, Adobe Captivate helped create screen walkthroughs, Adobe Contribute came in handy for managing and updating web content, and  Adobe Acrobat Professional  helped ensure that critical research documents can be distributed to the broadest possible audience. With Adobe, CoreSHIELD has been able to enhance secure communication and collaboration across agencies via multiple platforms. 

To learn more about how CoreSHIELD used Adobe technologies in order for local, state, and federal agencies to collaborate, read more here.

Don’t Miss Adobe Developer Week (June 20-24)

Calling all developers! Interested in building apps that run seamlessly across the Web, desktops and mobile devices for Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS with one tool, a common framework and a single codebase? Then look no further than Adobe Developer Week! Taking place June 20-24, this weeklong event will feature a series of free, live webinars via Adobe Connect hosted by Adobe technology experts. 

Learn how to take advantage of the newly released features and capabilities in Adobe Flash Builder 4.5, Flex 4.5, and Adobe’s enterprise software solutions to develop and deploy rich applications across multiple device platforms. Whether you’re new to Flash Builder/Flex development or a seasoned pro, there are 17 sessions for all skill levels and interests (e.g. ColdFusion, Java, PHP, migrating from earlier versions of Flex, enterprise development and more). Register now to see live demos and chat with the experts during interactive Q&A sessions. For all the details and to sign up for webinars, visit the Adobe Developer Week site.

Hope to see you there and don’t forget to Tweet during Adobe Developer Week with the hashtag #AdobeDW2011!

Optimize App Workflows with Adobe ColdFusion Builder 2 and Flash Builder 4.5

On the heels of our Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 news on Tuesday, we’re also excited to announce that another key component of the Adobe Flash Platform, Adobe ColdFusion Builder 2, is now available! The new version features customizable workflows and expanded functionality with extensions built in ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), helping developers speed the development of applications to save time and money.

ColdFusion Builder 2 also integrates with Flash Builder 4.5 to accelerate the development of Flex and Adobe AIR apps. Flash Builder 4.5 enables developers to introspect CFCs, automatically generate corresponding ActionScript objects and leverage web services.

For more information about other new features including extend capabilities and coding support, be sure to visit the team’s blog.

Hospital Records Go Digital with the Flash Platform

ImageTrend, a software application developer, is bridging the information and communications gap between first responders and emergency room physicians with a powerful, secure electronic patient records management platform. Using the Adobe Flash Platform and Adobe ColdFusion, ImageTrend created the Hospital Dashboard (an Adobe MAX 2010 Awards finalist) so emergency response personnel and physicians could share medical records before a patient arrives at an emergency room. This paperless solution helps physicians make better decisions about how to care for patients and increases the likelihood of saving a life.

ImageTrend chose to develop the Hospital Dashboard using the Flash Platform because it allows the company to quickly develop, launch and maintain secure, enterprise-level applications—with the potential to expand services to mobile phones and other devices in the future. One of the key technologies used was Adobe ColdFusion, which let ImageTrend expand the user-interface to securely deliver data over the Web and display the information on TVs in the ER.

Along with Adobe ColdFusion, the Hospital Dashboard uses applications built with the Flex framework to gather real-time information and transfer it to an interactive dashboard, which displays the data across various Web browsers. Additionally, Adobe Flash Builder allowed ImageTrend developers to instantly create a higher performing application using features designed to build Flex applications with a ColdFusion back-end. With Adobe’s tools, ImageTrend had what they needed to develop and launch an application at a faster pace while managing millions of patient records more efficiently and lowering hospital costs.

You can learn more about how ImageTrend used Adobe technologies to create the Hospital Dashborad here.

CFUnited Session: Building Multiplayer games on the Flash Platform with ColdFusion, Flex and Data Services

On Thursday, I’m presenting a session at CFUnited titled, “Building Multi-Player games on the Flash Platform with ColdFusion, Flex and Data Services“.   As you can see, I’m trying to do something a bit more fun than my usual topics!   Yes, I’m talking about ColdFusion powering a multiplayer game!  Over the past 18 months, [...]

CFUnited Session: Adding real-time data visualization to your application or website

On Friday, I’m presenting a session at CFUnited titled, “Adding real-time data visualization to your application or website“.   In this session, I’m going to demonstrate how to take data from your web site or application and turn it into a real-time data feed that can be used to feed a dashboard that will impress [...]

Tour de ColdFusion Beta Launched!

We have FINALLY launched Tour de ColdFusion! We are still filling in a few gaps and testing, so we consider it a beta, but it’s ready for you to dive in. Tour de ColdFusion is a desktop application built on Adobe AIR that provides quick access to hundreds of ColdFusion code samples.   Live running [...]

Getting started with Flex 4, Flash Builder 4 and ColdFusion Builder

I’m pretty sure you will have heard that the Flex 4 SDK, Flash Builder 4 and ColdFusion Builder have been released today. If not, check out Andrew Shorten’s blog post on the Flex Team blog.
Andrew Shorten: In the Flex 4 SDK, we’ve implemented a completely new component and skinning architecture (Spark) that supports a level [...]

Work with ColdFusion and Flex at Wharton in Philadelphia

The Wharton School of Business was the place where I got to first play with ColdFusion 7 and Flex 1.5 which set me on the road to Macromedia/Adobe technology. It’s been a great ride and I have a lot of fun memories of Wharton. I even helped pull one of my co-workers, Terry Ryan, from Wharton on to the Platform Evangelism team.

If you like the education environment (free tuition is an awesome benefit) and are interested in working with cutting edge Adobe technologies then you’ll be interested to know that Wharton has a job opening for a ColdFusion and Flex developer. You’d be working for one of the best guys I know and working on some very cool projects. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note over email (ryan@adobe.com) and I’ll answer any inside questions you have. Relocating to Philadelphia is a requirement.

Real-time Multiplayer Gaming with ChessJam and Adobe AIR

ChessJam is a beautiful new online chess game powered by Adobe AIR that allows users to play chess with others from around the world. Greg Wilson, one of the developers of the application and an Adobe employee, wrote a detailed blog post on how the application was created using Flex, Adobe AIR, ColdFusion and LiveCycle DS.

When asked why the team that developed this application chose Adobe AIR, Greg responded with the following points:

  • Embedded images and sounds dramatically speed-up load times compared to an equivalent web-browser-based app
  • User presence detection
  • Network detection for handling disconnects and reconnects
  • Custom chrome (the team wanted 100% control over UI, sizing, position, etc.)
  • Numerous uses of mx:HTML including the news banner, upcoming stats view, etc.
  • Auto-update framework to easily push out updates to the application.
  • Support for Mac, Windows and Linux

Greg mentioned that there are plans to release other features that take advantage of AIR soon including toast-style notifications, local game history storage using the SQLite database and more. Congratulations to the ChessJam for building a fabulous game.

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