It seems like every day we have more and more people wanting to organize Flex Camps around the world. Following successful Flex Camp events in San Francisco, Toronto, Boston, and other cities.
Flex Camp Chicago and Flex Camp Sofia, Bulgaria, are set to go in January. Both are all day events – Flex Camp Chicago on Friday, January 18th and Flex Camp Sofia on Thursday, January 17th. If you’re in either of those two cities, sign up today and learn more about Flex and AIR at Flex Camp.
– Mike Potter
The final beta of Flex 3 has been released on Labs. This new release focuses on overall quality and performance, providing a final look at Flex Builder 3 and Adobe AIR prior to launch. There is also a new release of the Adobe AIR runtime. Get them while they’re hot!
We also announced the opening of the AMF specification (download the AMF spec) and a new, open source product called Blaze DS. Blaze DS is “the server-based Java remoting and web messaging technology that enables developers to easily connect to back-end distributed data and push data in real-time to Adobe® Flex™ and Adobe AIR™ applications for more responsive rich Internet application (RIA) experiences.” Ever wanted to build an RIA that included real time data? Now you can, with a completely open source based solution. (Download Blaze DS now.)
The release of Blaze DS follows our other open source initiatives, like the open sourcing of the Tamarin virtual machine to Mozilla, and the Flex framework, compiler and debugger.
Bruce Eckel is hosting a 3 day RIA Jam in Ann Arbor, Michigan January 14th to 16th. Join Bruce and James Ward and learn about developing RIAs with Flex. Here’s how Bruce describes a Jam: “When musicians have a jam, they get together and explore music without knowing exactly where they will end up. When programmers have a jam, they get together and explore new technologies in the same way. A programming jam is a very informal workshop to explore and learn about a particular technology. It’s better and more fun than struggling with it by yourself.” You can sign up for the three day RIA Jam online – the cost is $400 before January 2nd and $500 after January 2nd.