Archive for October, 2006

Summary: MAX Advanced Apollo Application Development

First off, thanks to everyone who came to Brent and my sessions at MAX. We had a great time doing them. It was a blast to meet so many people I’ve only known from email lists and blogs. People seemed really interested and excited in Apollo. Judging from the great questions, a lot of people had put some hard thought into what it’ll take to make Apollo successful.
I’m sure the final slides will get posted somewhere central, but I’d like now to summarize the key points of our presentation.

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MAX2006 Keynote

I’ll leave the detail-heavy blog posts to someone else. Brent and I still have to finish up the demos for our session this afternoon. But I want to get some thoughts down while the impressions are still fresh.
The strongest theme running through the presentations was the integration of separate products to support real workflows. Fancy products like Flash and Photoshop and ColdFusion can be used creatively to do almost anything. That’s great power and freedom. But it doesn’t mean that the most common tasks can be ignored.
I was especially impressed when Sho Kuwamoto demo’d a workflow between Illustrator and Flex Builder. Using well-designed assets in Illustrator, he mapped those to Flash symbols which were used to skin Flex components.
Focus on that kind of developer experience will be huge for the Flex community. By optimizing the common task, designers and developers will be able to make their Flex apps more distinctive. Can’t wait to try that out!

Sessions at MAX

I’m excited to be going to MAX next week. As always, it’s great to get out and talk to real live users. I’m also going to be doing a session with my teammate Brent: Advanced Apollo Application Development.
The session description isn’t totally accurate, but we will be talking about some of the newer features that have made their way into Apollo. I think we’ll be doing some live development, too, as well as prepping folks for things that are coming down the line.
I’m going to try blogging a lot more. The medium hasn’t really caught hold for me yet (as a writer, that is). I’m jumpstarting the whole thing by posting whether I’ve got good stuff to say or not. If it’s boring, no one will link to it. I’m OK with that.