Posts in Category "General"

Bicycles, Flex and LiveCycle Data Services – AMGEN Tour of California

Whether you are a bicycle racing fan or not, this is a very cool use of Flex and Data Services – http://tracker.amgentourofcalifornia.com/. The Tour Tracker was developed using Adobe Flex® Builder™ and Adobe® LiveCycle®, and is meant to be an immersive Web application that incorporates live video, audio, and real-time data streams of the event. Tour viewers can select from multiple live, high-quality video streams delivered in Flash technology; view multiple picture-in-picture video streams; chat live with other fans; access live updates of photos and video clips during the race, and enjoy live commentary from cycling experts.

You can read the full press release here.

Christophe Coenraets blogged about this during the 2007 race where he describes how LiveCycle Data Services was implemented to bring this cool site to life. This year’s site has some new features but the basic architecture is the same. You can read Christophe’s article here.

The race is underway now so check it out!

Get Flex Certified at MAX

It took us too long to get the Flex 3 certification exam up and running, but it’s here now and we’re offering it at a 33% discount at MAX.

Info can be found here if you
scroll down to the 2nd item from the bottom.

The exam prep guide for Flex can be found here while you can get information on all available exams and study guides here.

Show us your apps at MAX

Often when I’m at conferences, MAX in particular, I get asked “hey, do you have sec for me to show you my app?” Sometimes people have questions, but often they just want Adobe to see our technology put to good use. It’s always very exciting for me, I’ve learned about some truly incredible apps this way.

Well this year we’re taking it to a new level at MAX. In the Adobe section of the community pavilion there is a Developer Spotlight station whose whole purpose is for you to take a few minutes and show off your app. I’ll be there Monday in the late afternoon, and other product managers, evangelists, product marketing managers, and Adobe staff will be staffing it throughout the day to make sure there’s plenty of time for us to learn about what you’re doing. We’ll also have information for how you can get your application promoted to an even wider audience.

Of course, we already have a good article by Mike Potter that talks about some of the things you can do to promote your Flex application to the public. But if you’re at MAX, make sure to stop by and share the love with us directly!

Flex Developer Survey for Data Visualization

Do you visualize data with your Flex app, or do you think you will some day? Put another way, do you use charts or data grids?

Please take this survey!

Flex and Flash Player 10

It’s an exciting day as Flash Player 10 was released to the world. There are lots of cool features related to expressiveness, audio/video, and performance. But what if you aren’t a Flash CS4 user, what if you use Flex to build your Flash applications?

Never fear, Flex 3.2 is on the way! There are nightly builds of 3.2 available now that have the debug version of Player 10 along with configuration files and playerglobal.swc so that you can leverage new features. These SDKs additionally include nightly builds of the AIR 1.5 SDK, which means you can begin testing how you would leverage FP10 features in AIR.

We are waiting until the final build of AIR 1.5 before we officially release 3.2 (and we will have an updater for Flex Builder at the same time). This is still a little ways off. But go ahead and use the nightly build in the meantime! We do have some instructions for using the updated Player with Flex Builder but they may be a little out of date. It will be seamless with FB 3.0.2.

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 Adobe® 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.

Flex and PHP Training Now Available

The team at PHP Architect have recently announced a new course for Flex and PHP training. The course is split into 7 units and lasts 19 hours, covering everything that a PHP developer needs to know to get up to speed with Flex, including an introduction to Flex and Flex components, and how your Flex application talks to PHP. There’s also a session on Adobe AIR, and extending your PHP applications to the desktop.

Developers taking the course will get a first hand look at Flex – the actual application delivering the material was recently rewritten with Flex. As well, the August issue of PHP Architect magazine has an article about creating a chat application with Flex and PHP. Finally, there’s a talk about Flex and PHP at their PHP Works conference in Atlanta, from November 12th – 14th.

Flex developer who use PHP on the server have had a lot of great news lately. Andi Gutmans blogged about Adobe supporting the Zend Framework by providing AMF support to the Zend Framework just a few weeks ago.

Adobe Contributing AMF Support to Zend Framework

Today we’ve shared an overview of our proposal to include AMF support in the Zend Framework. This new component of the Zend Framework will allow PHP developers to build Flex applications that run in the browser using Flash Player or Adobe AIR and communicate to the server using AMF.

The proposal gives PHP developers an Adobe sponsored AMF project, bringing AMF interoperability closer to what is available for ColdFusion and Java developers. (Adobe released the AMF specification in December of 2007.)

Wade Arnold, who runs the AMFPHP project, is leading the Zend Framework work for Adobe.

For PHP developers who aren’t using the Zend Framework, there are other AMF solutions available, including AMFPHP, WebORB for PHP, SabreAMF and a native PHP extension called AMFEXT.

Andi Gutmans, CTO of Zend, has a few more details on his blog. We’re really excited to be joining the Zend Framework family – joining IBM, Google, Microsoft and others who are contributing to the framework.

Adobe is a platinum sponsor of the Zend Conference, September 15 – 18 in Santa Clara. We’ll have a few sessions there that will talk about this new Zend Framework component.

AIR For Flex Developers Training from Lynda.com

Steve at Lynda.com emailed me to let me know of a new course they have up at Lynda.com for Flex developers. “AIR for Flex Developers is David Gassner’s follow-up to his AIR Essential Training course, and takes a deeper look at how Flex Builder 3 and the Flex 3 framework can be used to build cross-system desktop applications with Adobe AIR. David examines every point of integration with the host operating system, including working with the local file system, creating and maintaining local databases, and managing native windows and menus.”
You can get a free demo and check out the table of contents of this course.

If you’re looking for Flex training, Lynda.com is a great spot to start. Adobe has recently made some free Flex video training available on the Flex developer center, and Total Training is another great resource.