Author Archive: Vera Carr

Flash Builder beta serial number extension site is now live

Flash Builder 4 beta extension serial numbers are available for all licensed Flex Builder 3 customers. This includes all commercial and education serial numbers. To request a beta extension serial number, you will need to enter your Flex Builder 3 serial number. Please go to the extension request site to obtain a serial to extend FB4 beta.

Blueprint Flash Builder Plug-in for Code Examples Released on Adobe Labs

If you’re curious as to how you can query code examples inline from your development environment, Blueprint is definitely worth your while. Blueprint was released last week on Adobe Labs with support for Flex Builder 3 and Flash Builder 4.

[via Flex Doc Team blog]

Blueprint is an innovative code-centric search application, initially delivered as an Eclipse plug-in. It is a custom search tool that searches only for code (for now, it searches just for MXML and ActionScript). So, for example, if you search for DataGrid, it returns a set of code examples that use the Flex DataGrid control. But what’s really cool is that you can easily highlight, copy, and paste chunks of code right into your application, all without leaving Flex/Flash Builder.

For more information, please see the Blueprint site on Adobe Labs and you can find more examples here.

Upcoming Open Beta Meetings

Open Beta Meeting for new and beginner Flex developers
When: June 22nd at 10AM – 11AM PDT (Find your time zone here)
Where: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/openbeta/ (Please enter the room as a ‘guest’ using your First and Last name)

Open Beta Meeting for intermediate and advanced Flex developers
When: June 23rd at 9:30AM – 10:30AM PDT (Find your time zone here)
Where: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/openbeta/ (Please enter the room as a ‘guest’ using your First and Last name)

We hope you’ve had a chance to get your hands dirty with the Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4 betas. You’ve heard us talk about what’s new and what we think is cool, but now it is your chance tell us about your experience with the betas.

We’ll be having two Open Beta Meetings – one for new and beginner Flex users and the other for more advanced folks. These meetings will be an opportunity for us to gather feedback from the community. Below we’ve provided some areas in particular we’d like feedback on, however, this meeting will primarily be led by you.

We’d primarily like you to focus on the workflow and features, so if you have bugs please file these in the Flex Bug System and if your having other difficulties, please also post to the Labs forums.

Food for thought:

  • What was your biggest pain points in the Flex 4.0 beta?
  • What were the first problems that you ran into and how did you get around them?
  • How is the skinning experience overall? What are the hardest parts? How might it be improved?
  • Have you had any difficulties using both Spark and Halo components mixed in the same application? What was the combination, and what were the difficulties?
  • The Spark component set and its features are certainly not complete yet, and will not be complete when we release Flex 4.0. But is there anything missing from Spark whose absence is particularly problematic for you?
  • Have you noticed any significant performance problems? Which components or scenarios?
  • Additionally, what else do you believe is missing from Flex 4.0?

Flex 4 SDK Beta Released!

We’re excited to announce that Flex 4 SDK beta (previously code named Gumbo) is now available on our Labs page! Go check out Labs for more details and to download the beta. Also, be sure to check out Matt Chotin’s What’s new in the Flex 4 SDK Beta and Joan Lafferty’s Differences between Flex 3 and Flex 4 articles. This beta release also coincides with the beta release of both Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst.

We’ll be having an community Open Beta Meeting at the end of June for you to give the team feedback, stay tuned for details. In the meantime, you can discuss the beta on the Labs forums.

Enjoy the beta!

Come Strut Your Stuff at the San Francisco Flash Camp

For those of you who are attending the SF Flash Camp on June 1st (tomorrow), the Flex team wants to see what you’ve been working on. From 5 to 5:45pm, during the networking portion of the event, we’ll be available in the “Meet the Team” room for you to show off your projects. No need to go primp your applications or work on a presentation, it will be an informal gathering and demos should be less than 5 minutes – keep it sweet and simple.

Seeing the amazing work you all have been doing is encouraging to the team, so after the event we’ll be inviting back a few individuals to showcase their work to the larger team. We look forward to meeting you and seeing your demos.

Flex Bug Quash – Indy Style

Want to help improve the quality of Flex for yourself and others? Have a bug that you’re dying to have fixed? Come join the Flex Bug Quash on Sunday May 17th. You can participate either in person at the 360|Flex event in Indianapolis or remotely via Adobe Connect. We recently hosted the first Flex Bug Quash in Seattle and had quite the turn out with 180 participants, 2/3rds of which were remote. Prior to this event, in the 13 months that Flex has been open source, we had received 111 patches, in the Seattle Bug Quash alone we got another 57 patches from the community, bring us up 168 patches submitted. This event was a definite success and we hope to have an even better event in Indianapolis! This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge of Flex, learn from other leet Flex developers, and contribute to making Flex a better product. For more information check out bugquash.com.

Upcoming Open Iteration Meeting

When: March 24th – 10:15am PT / 1:15pm ET / 5:15pm GMT (duration 45 minutes)
Find your time zone here.

Where: via Connect: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/oim/ (Please enter the room as a ‘guest’ using your First and Last name)

We’ll be holding an Open Iteration Meeting for iteration 12 (the last iteration) for Gumbo (Flex 4) on Wednesday March 24th. We invite you to join the Flex SDK team as we discuss the developments in this upcoming iteration.

The slides that will be presented will be posted in the Announcements section of the Open Source site at the end of this week. ARB issues and decisions, will be discussed briefly – you can see the updated list at the bottom of the Gumbo page.

UPDATE: Time previously said 6:15PM GMT, it will actually be at 5:15PM GMT

Help the Flex Team by taking our survey!

Help the Flex team better understand who you are and what you’re working on. This information is incredibly valuable to us. Please take 20 minutes and fill out our survey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=vCfoIoZ0_2bLG6CTgVcntsVA_3d_3d

You can also be awesome by passing this along. Thanks for your time and help!

The First Flex Open Iteration Meeting

When: February 10th – 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET / 6:00pm GMT (duration 1 hour and 15 minutes)
Find your time zone here.

Where: via Connect: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/foi/ (Please enter the room as a ‘guest’ using your First and Last name)

We invite you to partake in our iteration kick-off meetings. We’ll be reviewing decisions made in the last iteration and discussing the upcoming iteration – what we’ll be working on and open issues. This will be a chance for you to give us feedback on these items and to interact with the SDK engineering team.

Agenda
10:30am – 11:15am : Flex team discusses past and future iterations
11:15am – 11:45am : Open up discussion to community for Q&A

Guidelines

  • Please review the content to be presented (the Open Source site will be updated with this information) and post and vote on questions you may ahead of time here
  • We’ll only be discussing the SDK – not Builder, Catalyst, Flash Player bugs, Obama, or Flash on the iPhone
  • Please keep feedback relevant to this iteration’s content
  • Fx prefix is an ongoing discussion that will NOT be discussed in this meeting and will be discussed via the forums
  • If you’d like to dive deep into the implementation of a feature, we’d like to discuss this with you. However, given the time constraints of the meeting, please mention it during the session and we can continue this discussion via the forums.

Flex Community Feedback Forum Follow Up

Thank you for participating in the Flex Community Feedback Forum. We had over 200 individuals attend with numerous questions and comments. We’ll be working to make sure that the hot button items are addressed.

If you were unable to attend the session, the recording is available here.

We hope you will continue this discussion on the forums and that we’ll see you at our upcoming Open Iteration Meetings.

Thanks again, we greatly appreciate your feedback and participation.

Vera


Links to resources mentioned in the session:

Flex Open Source Site

Flex Open Source Forums

Specifications

Bug / Feature Base

Nightly Builds – Flex 3

Nightly Builds – Gumbo