Archive for September, 2008

Learn about Flex and Zend at PHP User Groups

The Adobe technical evangelism team will be hitting the road in October talking about our recent announcement with Zend. PHP developers who are interested in learning about Flex and Zend should join Kevin Hoyt, Danny Dura, Ryan Stewart and Christophe Coenraets as they show developers how to get started with Adobe Flex, Adobe AIR and Zend.

Here is the schedule for this user group tour:

October 1st – Boston PHP User Group (Kevin Hoyt)

October 1st – LA Adobe User Group (Christophe Coenraets )

October 2nd – San Francisco PHP Meetup (Danny Dura)

October 2nd – Seattle PHP User Group (Christophe Coenraets )

October 8th – Triangle PHP User Group in North Carolina (Danny Dura)

October 11th – Miami PHP User Group (Danny Dura)

October 14th – Dallas PHP User Group (Danny Dura)

October 14th – Portland PHP User Group (Ryan Stewart)

October 16th – Utah PHP User Group (Ryan Stewart)

October 16th – Cincinnati PHP User Group (Kevin Hoyt)

November 4th – New York PHP User Group (Kevin Hoyt)

November 6th – Montreal PHP User Group (Kevin Hoyt)

Danny Dura will also be doing a session at the PHP Works Conference in Atlanta on November 13th.

If you can’t make any of those dates, then try to join us at MAX North America in San Francisco. Or you can learn more about Flex and PHP using Zend from the Flex developer center.

Flex in a Week – Day 4 posted and exercises fixed

I know that a lot of you have been anxiously waiting for the remaining training. We just posted day 4. There is a lot of content for day 4 so this will take you longer to go through than the previous days. We have also incorporated your feedback to fix the exercises. We also have some of the day 5 videos ready but we are waiting till we have everything for day 5 available. My best guess is that day 5 will be available by end of next week. Day 5 will be all videos and will probably not be as long as the first 4 days.

I also want to give you some perspective on the delays. Creating training of this quality and size is very time consuming. When we had the first three days, we had a choice of waiting for all the training or posting what we had. We went with the second option. This has given us a chance to incorporate your feedback. Given the number of people who have gone through the first three days, we think we made the right choice by posting what we had.

Please continue to give us feedback. We are reading it though we may not be able to respond to each and every comment.

Adobe and Zend Announce Collaboration

Today Adobe and Zend entered into a collaboration to bring together the flexibility, productivity and enterprise reliability of PHP and Zend Platform with the user experience benefits of the open source Flex framework. This collaboration will deliver technologies, content and services to make it easy for enterprise developers to build web applications using Flex on the client and PHP on the server. (Read the official press release.)

Adobe has joined the Zend Framework project and will work with the framework community to optimize communication between Zend Framework and Adobe Flex applications. Adobe has contributed support for the open, binary AMF format for exchanging data between Flex applications and PHP applications to the Zend Framework.

In addition, Zend and Adobe plan to optimize the experience for developers using their respective development environments. Zend Studio and AdobeĀ® Flex Builder, both built on the open source Eclipse platform, provide robust coding, debugging, and testing tools for professional developers.

As part of this announcement, Adobe has also redesigned the PHP page of the Flex developer center, and will be contributing articles and videos to that page, as well as the Flex page on Zend Developer Zone.

If you’re interested in running Zend Studio with Flex Builder in the same version of Eclipse, we recommend using the standalone version of Zend Studio and the plugin version of Flex Builder. Install Zend Studio first, then install the Eclipse plugin of Flex Builder.

The latest version of Zend Studio (6.1) is built on Eclipse 3.4, so installing the Eclipse plugin of Flex Builder doesn’t work perfectly. When you install Flex Builder, you’ll receive an error – don’t worry, that’s OK. Just follow the instructions to get Flex Builder working properly – launch Zend Studio, then go to Help -> Software Updates -> Manage Configuration, select “Add an extension location” in the right hand pane. In the browse dialog, select the Flex Builder plugin folder, and everything should work fine.

We’re really excited to be working with Zend and being part of the Zend Framework. Most of all, we can’t wait to see all the great applications that developers build with PHP and Flex.

Updated RSL for Flex Data Visualization 3.0.1

Due to a bug in our signing process it appears the cacheable RSL for the datavisualization components in Flex Builder doesn’t work in 3.0.1. We have updated the RSL and made it available here. Go ahead and replace it in your Flex Builder 3.0.1 installation and you’ll hopefully be set.

Awesome Flex and AIR Apps for Students

Areez Gangji, an intern here at Adobe, has written an article about the top 10 Flex and AIR applications for students. The article covers such great applications as Timetoast, Craig’s List Desktop, Adobe’s own and more. Read the article, and if you’re interested, help Digg it up.