The Story So Far

I’ve now been at Macromedia for a full quarter! I’ve guess I’ve made it past the ‘trial period’. At least I hope so.

I’m most surprised by the diversity of the questions I’ve been fielding on Macromedia Flex. I only get to see a slice of the things you all do with Flex, and it’s pretty interesting.

The types of questions I’ve seen so far can be divided into the following categories:

Installation and Configuration. Our installation engineers have done a great job of making Flex easy to install. But sometimes things don�t go as planned. Keep in mind that Flex is an Enterprise application, run within a J2EE or .NET environment. Unfortunately, not all J2EE environments are the same, which is where the trouble seems to lie.

Component development. While we all know that every MXML file you make is a component, sometimes specialty components need to be created. I had the privilege of writing a couple of articles on components for the Macromedia site. I’ve also seen some terrific components written by our customers. When they launch their Flex-powered sites, you will really see some amazing things.

Architecture. By and large the questions around architecting for Flex are the most common. Flex provides a versatile framework for building very sophisticated applications. But as applications grow and become complex, it is important to know how to make things efficient and follow some best-practices. You should check out the Macromedia Flex web site for articles on performance and other things you can do to make your applications better.

Later this year the newest version of the Flash Player, Player 8, will be released. The demo we saw at Macromedia MAX in New Orleans showcased the potential Player 8 will have on Flash applications – and that includes Flex. You will some great performance improvements. Keep your browser tuned to the Flash website for details.

The tag-line we use at Macromedia is ‘experience matters’ and my experience thus far has been great. All of the customers I’ve worked with have been super and it has been a privilege getting to know you and your work. I can’t wait to see what else you come up.

I also want to thank my teammates for supporting me – giving me the answers, helping with customers, and showing me the ropes.

3 Responses to The Story So Far

  1. katalog says:

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  2. Well, you’ve now been with Macromedia for much longer than a quarter, and I hope all is going well for you! I know exactly what you mean about the installation of Macromedia Flex on a J2EE platform. Indeed, not all of them are the same, and I had some major trouble installing Flex on the one I use. I got comments and help from several people, and while their suggestions all worked on their J2EE platforms, they didn’t work on mie. No worries, though – I did eventually get Flex installed and it has worked great ever sense. I really enjoy working with Flex for many of the reasons you stated, like its versatile framework for building new applications. There really doesn’t seem to be a program that is quite this versatile. I’m looking forward to new and innovative additions to the Flex package and on hearing more on your experience at Macromedia.

  3. I noticed that this site does not accept or cannot read apostrophe. Is there anything that you can do to change this perhaps in the settings?

    You see, sometimes it is hard to make your reader believe you when something is technically wrong in your own post. It speaks about your credibility.
    Peter: I’ve edited this article to fix those. I used MS Word early on to make my blog entries and it doesn’t always use normal apostrophe and hyphen – the characters it uses are non-standard and the paste action didn’t encode them at all. This should be better and I’ll keep a watch out for this in the future.