Archive for November, 2009

Can you chip in on open-source Flex documentation?

Hi all,
As most of you know, the Flex SDK has been open-source for quite a while now. We in the doc group have spent quite a bit of time struggling with what that means for the documentation/core content. The thing that seems most practical to me is to expose our code examples as open-source content, but (for whatever reason) this hasn’t really taken off.

Meanwhile, our old friend Ed Sullivan has brought the new DevCenter cookbook to life and it seems like a good place to advertise for some Flex code examples. To that end, I just posted the following recipe requests:

* Spark custom layout class example
* Custom list control
* Spark VideoDisplay control
* FXG/MXML blend mode examples
* FXG/MXML Transform examples

Now I have a great team and we are fully capable of creating great code examples, but Flex is a big animal and we could really use your help rounding out our examples, so please check out these recipe requests and chip in if you feel so inclined.

Thanks!
Randy

Any ColdFusion developers out there who are new to Flex?

Hi all,
The documentation group is conducting a brief survey to learn more regarding how customers get information about using Flex. In particular, we’re studying how ColdFusion developers get started learning Flex. So, if you’re a ColdFusion developer who is new to Flex, we’d like your feedback. Please click the link below to take a brief survey on the following topic:

Creating data-driven applications in Flash Builder 4

Thanks in advance,
-Randy

LiveCycle Data Services 3 and doc available

LiveCycle Data Services ES2 version 3 is now available. Download the free developer edition.

LiveCycle Data Services documentation is available online:

* Using LiveCycle Data Services HTML | PDF
* Application Modeling Technology Reference HTML | PDF
* ActionScript Language Reference HTML
* Installing LiveCycle Data Services HTML
* Javadoc HTML
* Release Notes HTML
* Quick Starts HTML

Get involved! Adobe Cookbook – Recipe Requests

This is from our old friend, Ed Sullivan.

The Adobe Cookbooks application is your one-stop shop for finding and sharing community generated code samples.  One of the great new features of the recently re-designed Cookbooks application is the recipe request feature. This lets users who cannot locate their desired code sample put out a request to other community members. Additionally, fellow community members can vote for specific requests so you can determine at a glance which requests are the most popular.

You can see a list of recipe requests on the home page for each of the supported technologies, (Currently, the Flex Cookbook has the most unanswered recipe requests.) You can also easily stay current on the request queue by subscribing to the uber RSS feed, or you can be notified of requests for specific technologies like Flex.

And while answering a recipe request won’t bring you fame and fortune, it will give you:

  • The opportunity to have the request you addressed featured in the Adobe Developer Connection
  • That warm fuzzy feeling you get from assisting your fellow developers
  • The potential to have your recipe included in an upcoming version of the O’Reilly Flex Cookbook
  • Visibility on adobe.com via Adobe Cookbook contributor recognition features

And, for a limited time only, every person who addresses a recipe request will be sent a free copy of the Getting Started with Flex 3 Pocket Guide.  Just email Ed Sullivan with a link to the recipe request you plan on addressing and after you publish it, just sit back and wait for your book to arrive!

So if you know how to create a simple shopping cart with Flex 3, what are you waiting for?!

Spark skinning doc updated

The Spark skinning docs have been updated. They include sections on the skinning contract between Spark components and their skins, how to skin Spark components and containers, and how to package your custom skins as a library for distribution.

Please check out the new docs below and send feedback to me:

spark_skinning.pdf