I was quickly skimming some old “Flex” topics in my Google Reader this morning and thought I’d share some posts which you may or may not have missed in the past week or eleven…
- Flex Camp Toronto 75% Sold Out (now 86%, according to the TorontoFlex! user group page) — If you’re anywhere near Toronto, and remotely interested in Flex, definitely check this out. I had the opportunity to check out the Flex Camp in San Francisco. Go hang out with Adobe’s own Mike Potter and others and enjoy some food and free stuff. If you’ve attended a previous Flex Boot Camp, Matt Chotin is/was soliciting your feedback.
- Redesigned Flex cookbook — Check out the new-and-improved Flex Cookbook. Heck, submit a few of your best tricks and you may even get them published in the printed O’Reilly Flex Cookbook! (for more information see, “Call for topics for the Flex 3 Cookbook from O’Reilly Media“.)
- Flex Builder Free For Students — Students and faculty will soon be able to download Flex Builder 2 for free (Yahoo! Finance Press Release).
- Adobe MAX 2008 in San Francisco Nov. 16-19 — Mark your calendars! Next year Adobe will have home-court advantage for the Adobe MAX conference! Hope to see you all there.
- Flex 3 Beta 2 – Lower Price Flex Builder 3 — Ted Patrick outlines the new pricing scheme for Flex SDK and Flex Builder 3.
- Flex Family Expansion – Linux Alpha, “Thermo”, “Elixir”, Skin Extensions — Flex Builder on Linux? What is Thermo? Head over to Ted’s blog and get the scoop!
- The Export Release Wizard — Tim Buntel posts on making production-ready Flex SWF files by using the export release wizard in Flex 3 beta 2.
- Debugging Tricks — Alex Harui also discusses how Flex Builder 3 beta 2 no longer makes debug/release versions of your SWFs on every build, and offers a few very useful snippets.
- ActionScript Read/Write Performance – Alex talks ActionScript performance. Very detailed and definitely worth reading!
Of course, that only scratches the surface. A few weeks ago Adobe also released a completely overhauled version of the Adobe Developer Center (now renamed the Adobe Developer Connection). Stop reading this and check it out right now!
Also, if you’re playing with the Flex 3 SDK or Flex Builder 3 beta, or are a Flex 2 user, you should definitely subscribe to the Flex Doc Team’s blog at http://blogs.adobe.com/flexdoc/. You can check out the latest versions of Flex 3 chapters, unpublished chapters, ZIP files, and all sorts of other gems. Subscribe to their RSS/Atom feeds and get notified whenever the post new docs/news.
Lastly (and definitely not leastly), Flex software engineer and superhero Deepa Subramaniam started her very own Flex blog last month, http://iamdeepa.com/blog/. In her blog she discusses the cornerstone of every Flex application, the SystemManager (SystemManager: Every Flex application’s best friend), as well as her plans to overtake the Flex book market with her new book “Flex 3 for Dummies” (tentative release date of “late spring/early summer” of 2008), with coauthor Doug McCune. More info can be found on Doug’s site at Writing Flex for Dummies!.