This is turning out to be Flex component week. First a link on DZone to a spreadsheet component that is being written for Flex. Then, two emails arrived in my inbox from people who wanted components listed on Flex.org. The first was an open source community project called Flexed run by Uday Shankar. You can check out the four Flex components in the project or read the Flexed component blog.
The second was an email from Jim Rutherford, who has written the ThumbBrowser component. This is similar to what you’ve seen from Apple and their .Mac service lately, where you have a single image shown and when you move your mouse to the left or right other images appear. Check out the demo online and then read the blog entry for links to the source code.
The last two, Flexed Toolkit and ThumbBrowser, have been added to the Flex components page on Flex.org.
I received two emails on the weekend informing me of components to add to the Flex components page on Flex.org. The first was from Connect Studios, who have released 2 more components for free download from their website. Flex a form, which Flex Auto Form Build Component which makes building forms easier, and the Flex auto complete component which adds auto complete support to form fields. The second email was from Flex Monster, who have written a pivot table component for Flex applications. If you have components to add, check out the Flex components page and then submit your own to be added.
– Mike Potter
Flex Camp Toronto was held last Thursday night. The team at the New Toronto Group put on a great show at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, and over 170 people came out to listen to a number of talks about Flex, including presentations on Cairngorm, Flex and PHP, and 3 great community sessions. Visitors to the event received copies of the O’Reilly book Programming Flex 2, along with Flex Camp t-shirts and information on the Toronto Flex user group and training from New Toronto Group.
I have posted the keynote slides on the Flex.org/Camp page. As a reminder, the files for the hands on PHP and Flex session are also available online.
If you are interested in hosting your own Flex Camp event, please contact me by email.
– Mike Potter
Josh Noble, Todd Anderson, and Abey George are all hard at work on the print version of the Flex 3 Cookbook for O’Reilly Media. They’re writing new recipes and incorporating some of your recipes from the online Adobe Flex Cookbook. Get yours in now!
Deadlines are Nov 15 and Jan 1 for the topics. Check out the complete list of topics in my original post.
I’ll be updating that list with these ideas, which just arrived in my inbox from Josh today!
– Accessibility and Creating Accessible Components Module
– RSL library tricks, advice, recipes (I think we’ve got a pretty good range of stuff there but I’m sure we missed something and it is a big topic).
– Working with Bitmaps, BitmapData, and Images
Best of luck to you in getting into the O’Reilly print book!
I’ve heard that Flex Camp Boston is nearly sold out, so if you’re in the Boston area and interested in Flex you should definitely sign up quickly. The event lasts all day and includes food, along with sessions from members of the Flex team, including newly acquired ‘Adobians’ from Buzzword. The complete agenda and speakers are posted online. The event is scheduled for December 7th from 8 AM to 5 PM at Bentley College in Boston.
– Mike Potter
The new reduced price for Flex Builder is now available on the Adobe.com online store, and is also reflected on the Flex product page. As a reminder, Flex Builder is now available for $249 US. Similar price reductions should be in effect on all the international stores as well.
Facebook announced a new ad service today that allows products and companies to create pages on Facebook. Not wanting to waste any time, we’ve setup a page for Flex on Facebook. Check it out and check out the Flex Facebook Group while you’re there too.
Yesterday I posted a blog entry about a new feature that I added to Flex.org that made it easy to look up package documentation. Within minutes of posting I had a feature request to extend this to classes. In a few minutes today I added that feature to the script on the server, so you now have easy access to class documentation as well. The class documentation is dependent on proper cases for package and class names, so you’ll need to be careful about your upper and lower cases. But, heading to flex.org/mx.controls.Alert will now send you to the proper documentation page on Adobe’s LiveDocs.
Inspired by similar redirects on php.net, I implemented a redirect on Flex.org that gives you easy access to Flex Package Documentation. Just type flex.org/fullpackagename into your browser and it will redirect you to the official Adobe LiveDocs page for that package. For example, flex.org/mx.controls will take you to the mx.controls package documentation.
– Mike Potter
Flex Developer Marketing Team
Registration is now open for two upcoming Flex Camps: Boston and Singapore. If you’re in the area go ahead and register now! Boston is December 7th and Singapore is November 29th.