If you have not yet gotten your hands on the beta of Flash Catalyst, what are you waiting for?!?!?! I think this is one of the coolest pieces of technology I have seen in a long time! OK, you need to take that with a grain of salt coming from someone on the enterprise software side 🙂
The bottom line is that anything that makes it easy for a design challenged person like me to import visual comps and be able to implement the code behind them – I am all for it. As a matter of fact, I actually had to speak about FC recently at a user conference here in Ottawa.
I presented to the Ottawa Flash User Group on Wednesday, June 3. There was about 80 people in the room at the Ottawa Adobe location. I had a 1 hour slot from 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm. My session was after the pizza break – so I needed to wake them up from the cheese educed coma. I used the default UG tour presentation. However, I skipped a lot of the detail slides on Flash Catalyst features since I would cover them in the demo. Everyone was very receptive to the Flash Builder renaming. They actually agreed that Flex Builder / Flex SDK was a source of confusion. I then dazzled them with the Congress demo. I did the whole thing starting from Illustrator to Flash Catalyst to Flex Builder + ColdFusion. We actually had to mop the floor of saliva and jaw marks from when they hit the floor ;). The session was a great success. A lot of "OMG – this is going to put me out of a job" and "What you just did in 2 minutes (data binding to list and showing details form as Master/Detail record) I do all day in my job, this is going to be awesome!"