Posts in Category "Community"

Blogs from the source

Here’s a fairly comprehensive list of blogs maintained by engineers on the Flex, Flash Builder, and Catalyst teams. You’ll find plenty of examples, tutorials, tips and tricks, and discussion on new features available in our betas.

(in no particular order 🙂 they’re all awesome)

Flex team:

Matt Chotin’s Blog

Flex Examples – numerous Flex examples


flexreport – a discussion of the less intuitive aspects of Flex components and applications

Pete’s Blog

Daniel Koestler – AIR, Flex, Flash, and other Adobe technology

Peter deHaan – Confessions of a Flex QA

Hans Muller’s Flex Blog – a technical blog about the Flex 4 (Gumbo) API (stay tuned for posts about new Flex support for scrolling and layout virtualization)

Flex Butterflies and Bugs – Flex news, workarounds for bugs and solutions for common problems, from a quality perspective

Codependent – graphics and animation with Flex and the Flash platform

Frish’s blog – Flex 4 (Gumbo)

iamdeepa on flex

Flexponential – DataGroup, List, virtualization, Flex Component Kit, and more

Quietly Scheming – examples and custom components

Evtimmy – custom layouts

Alex’s Flex Closet – examples and discussion of common problems, especially around memory management and item renderers

Tips and Tools of Flex – tools in the Flex SDK

Flex Spaghetti – code samples, tips, and a couple ramblings about the Flex bug database

Just Suppose – UI, Flex, and Flash

Flash Builder team:

Getting and Setting – Builder coding features like refactoring and code generation

mikemo – Builder debugger

Tim Buntel’s Web Log – Flex particularly relating to the ColdFusion

Flex Thoughts – Flex charts, general IDE features and DCD (Data Centric Development) features of Builder

Marking Occurrences – Flash Builder language intelligence features such as Find References

Radhakrishna’s blog

Flex Automation – Automation of Flex apps

A Flex Enthusiast!

Flex Guard
– Builder DCD for LCDS and BlazeDS servers, using Profiler and Network Monitor features of Builder 4

My Take On Tech – DMV Charts and more to come on PHP workflow (DCRAD)

Exploring Flex – DCD workflow of Builder – details of the wizards that form DCD

Sujit Reddy G – The Evangelist – DCD features in Builder

The GLog (Geek bLOG) – Flash Builder, Eclipse and Java

Catalyst team:

much ado about something – Flex/AIR/Flash Catalyst

Your Feedback Requested on Flex / ActionScript Posters

We’re working on updating the Flex 3 and ActionScript posters for Flex 4 and would love your opinion on how they’re being used. With the addition of the Spark component set for Flex 4, we think that there may be too many classes now to put all the information on one set of posters (the existing set is 5 posters for all Flex, AIR and Flash Player packages.)

What’s your opinion? What do you use the posters for? Would it be OK for just the class names on the posters, and then use the ActionScript 3 API guide for details? I’d love your opinion on how you use the posters so we can make them even better for Flex 4.

(If you’re unfamiliar with the posters and would like a set, fill out the form and have a set mailed to you for free.)

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: (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: (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?

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

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: (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:

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: (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.

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


  • 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.


Links to resources mentioned in the session:

Flex Open Source Site

Flex Open Source Forums


Bug / Feature Base

Nightly Builds – Flex 3

Nightly Builds – Gumbo

Adobe Wins Big at Ajax World

Adobe won 3 awards at Ajax World this week. Flex won for the best SDK and best open source RIA solution, while best rich Internet platform went to the Flash Platform. You can read more about it at SysCon. Thanks to everyone in the Flash and Flex community for helping make Flex such an important part of the Flash Platform. With the open bug database, daily builds of the Flex SDK and feedback from our early betas on Labs, every community member plays a big role in the success of the Flash Platform.