Today we launched a new Flex.org website that is now more focused on community resources. The old Flex.org was focused on getting developers up and running with Flex and Flex Builder – we think that the Flex product pages and the Flex developer center are doing a great job for that right now. We decided to take the old community page from Flex.org and create an entire site around that page.
The new site features Flex focused content aggregated from a number of sources. For news, we get information from Digg or DZone’s flash-flex tag. We aggregate job information from SearchCoders, RIAJobs.org, FlexGigs and Dice.com. We aggregate podcasts from the Flex Show and RIA Weekly.
Community members can add their own components, themes and other software to the site. User group members can add their own user groups to the site, and anyone can add events to the site, such as upcoming Flex Camp events, training events, user group meetings, and conferences. Finally, the site also has a list of Flex consultants that are available to help with Flex development.
There are a few RSS feeds that you can subscribe to from the site. The main RSS feed has a list of Flex news and information from around the web. The Flex Jobs RSS feed has a list of Flex jobs available. The Flex Podcast and Videocast RSS feed has a list of Flex focused podcasts and videocast episodes. Finally, the Flex Showcase RSS feed continues to highlight cool Flex applications that developers are building and adding to Flex.org.
Flex is great for a variety of rich Internet applications, but one of the most popular types of apps that developers build are data visualization applications. Flex ships with a number of data visualization components, but sometimes customers need something more than what we provide. ILOG Elixir is set of advanced data visualization components built for advanced Flex apps. Yesterday we pushed a new page on the Flex developer center live to give more information about ILOG and what the components can do. Check out the ILOG page on the Flex developer center for more information about ILOG, and if you haven’t downloaded their Flex components, you can try them out for free.
The 360 Flex conference is only 40 days away, so time to register if you haven’t already. 360 Flex is one of the top Flex conferences in the world, and is back in San Jose this year, from August 18th to the 20th. The speaker list is a who’s who in the Flex world – Axel Jensen, Ben Stucki, Chet Haase, Jeff Tapper, Josh Tynjala, Juan Sanchez, Justin Everett-Church, Ryan Stewart, Tony Hillerson and a whole bunch more.
The schedule for the event shows three full days of sessions in 4 main tracks – How’d they do that, Application Development, Integration and Custom Components.
A number of team members from the Flex team will also be at the conference – we’ll be hosting a Meet the Flex team event on one of the nights.
Registration is open now, and is only $480 for the entire 3 day conference. Register soon, this is going to sell out.
There are a few Flex Camp events coming up that you should know about. The first is in Michigan, where the Flex user group is organizing a two day Flex Camp event with a hands on Flex training event for the second day. The event starts at 9:00 AM on Wednesday July 30th, and ends at 12 Noon on Thursday July 31st. Registration is $25 for one day, or $40 for both days. Registration is limited to 150 people, so you’ll want to register soon.
There’s also a Flex Camp event happening in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on August 21st, from 5:30 – 9:30 PM. There are 3 presentations from local Ottawa companies, and 3 demos from companies using Flex. Again, registration is limited, so you’ll want to register for Flex Camp Ottawa. (Its free!)
If you’re interested in hosting your own Flex Camp event, you can learn more about hosting your own Flex Camp event at flex.org.
The Flex Show, a bi-weekly podcast focused on the Flex community, has launched a new video version that will be produced in addition to the existing podcast. Episode 1 is up now on their site, focusing on an introduction to Flex Builder and building your first Flex project. If you’re new to Flex, or thinking about getting started, this is a great video to watch.
We’ve recently launched an RIA focused newsletter called the RIA Buzz. If you’re interested in RIA development, you should subscribe to the RIA Buzz. In each newsletter we deliver in four major areas:
- RIAs that Rock: David Tucker highlights cool RIA applications.
- Essential Articles: Selected must read articles from all over the web.
- The Metablog: Robert Cadena of SearchCoders.com distills what the community is saying.
- Expert Events: Your opportunity for education and contacting Adobe team members.
Here’s the first issue of the newsletter that went out last month. The newsletter will be sent out every 6 weeks, with the next one scheduled for early July.
A few notes about subscribing to this newsletter. We hate spam as much as you do, so when you subscribe, we don’t opt-in you in to other communications from Adobe – just the newsletter. However, if at a later date you unsubscribe from all Adobe communications, it will stop your newsletter subscription. You’ll have to subscribe again at that point.
We’ve been developing a new community oriented version of Flex.org, and I’d like to get your feedback on it. Head to flex.org/beta to see the new site in action – it aggregates a number of Flex oriented RSS feeds into one listing for you, including Flex jobs from SearchCoders.com and Dice.com, articles from Digg.com and DZone, examples from FlexExamples.com, along with a listing of Flex user groups and consulting companies, and Flex related events.
Post your comments about the new site in this blog, keeping in mind that the site is still in beta, and we’re working out some of the problems with information display.