Archive for April, 2008

New search/commenting for Adobe Flex Developer Center

Yesterday, we launched a couple of exciting new enhancements on the Adobe Developer Connection, specifically in the Flex Developer Center.

A new community-powered search is the first enhancement. The community powered search is designed to help people find the best answer to their question, no matter where the answer may reside. If the best answer is on someone’s blog in the community, that’s the answer we want to help people find. This will not replace the existing search on adobe.com, but will be available as a new beta search. There is a team of Flex advisors who are adding URLs/domains to this search on an ongoing basis.

We have also added the ability for users to add comments to Flex Developer Center content. As most of you know, we’ve had commenting on Adobe Livedocs for a while. This is the next generation of commenting, in that the commenting functionality across these two different places is integrated. The intent of commenting is to gather feedback and deliver the best possible content; by integrating the commenting, and who reviews and acts on those comments we can strive to be as consistent as possible across content on adobe.com. Again, there is a team of Flex advisors moderating comments, and Hong Qiu and I will be moderating the Flex Developer Center comments. Note that all posted comments go live immediately, however, where there is inappropriate content, the moderators will scrub as needed. The coolest part is that authors can monitor comments on their articles by subscribing to the RSS feed (see link below) for Flex Developer Center.

You can see these enhancements on the Flex Developer Center: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/. To find the new features:
• Flex community-powered search: Look in the right-nav in the Flex DC, and you will see the “Search Community-Powered Help” form field.
• Commenting: Browse to any article in the Flex Developer Center, and you will see the option to add your comment. Also, you can subscribe to the RSS feed for comments for the Flex Developer Center to see all comments, anytime: http://community.adobe.com/ion/rss/comments.html?label=flex_product_adobelr&language=en_US

We encourage you to try these new enhancements and send any feedback. The search results page that gets returned will have a link to a feedback survey at the top right of the page.

Happy searching and commenting!

Amy Wong
Adobe
Developer Relations
Manager, Content community and applications

Flex Camp Toronto 2

Following last year’s hugely successful Flex Camp Toronto, the team at New Toronto Group has begun accepting free registrations for Flex Camp Toronto 2. Ben Forta and I will be speaking at the event, scheduled for May 15th, 2008 at the MARS center in Toronto. Head to the Toronto Flex user group website to register for Flex Camp Toronto. (Its free!)

If you’d like to host your own Flex Camp event, Adobe will help with the funding for the event. Head to Flex.org to find out more about hosting your own Flex Camp event.

- Mike Potter

Info on our first Flex 4 theme

As you may have heard, the next version of Flex is codenamed “Gumbo” and we are beginning to get out information on the kinds of things we’re thinking about. One of our themes is called “Design in Mind” and I have now posted information on the open source site to try to set the context for what we’re looking at. Over the next few weeks, engineers will be putting up specifications and blog postings about the kinds of things we’re looking at as part of this theme. More themes will get their intros over time as well.

Given that we’re only a few months into even thinking about this release, it may be the earliest that we’ve put out anything substantial on a release that admittedly is still a ways away.

Follow the Flex 4 development plans here. (Note: opensource.adobe.com will be down for maintenance on Saturday April 12, be forewarned).

New Pivot Component in Alpha

Satish from the Flex team has been working on expanding the logic available in our OLAPDataGrid to help provide an example of a Pivot Component, similar to what you’d see in Excel. It’s in alpha quality, but is a great example of the power of the Flex Data Visualization Components.

Check it out and provide feedback!

Flex, ActionScript and AIR Posters: Now Shipping

The Flex, ActionScript and AIR posters are now shipping. We’ve fixed the problems with serial numbers and the form (at least we think we have) and some of the posters have started making their way out to those of you who have requested them.

If you’d like a set of the posters, here’s what you need to do:
Register your copy of Flex Builder 3, Standard or Professional. Fill out the form, and then you’ll be forwarded to the poster request form.

If you’ve already registered your copy of Flex Builder 3 and didn’t request the posters, or if you received an error with the poster form before and can’t re-register your copy of Flex Builder 3, then you can head directly to the poster request form and request a set of posters be sent to you.

If you bought your copy of Flex Builder 3 online through the Adobe.com store, your copy of Flex Builder 3 is already registered automagically. You can head directly to the poster request form to request a set of posters be sent to you.

The posters are also available online in high quality PDF format (Warning! 97 MB zip file) if you prefer to print them yourself.

Anyone with a valid Flex Builder 3 serial number should be able to register and receive a set of posters: this includes all education customers who receive Flex Builder for free, upgrades, volume license customers, etc…

If you have problems, please post them as comments in this blog entry.

Thanks for your understanding and support while we worked through some of the issues with the posters.