Beyond MAX 2006

I have now arrived back in Scotland after MAX 2006 in Las Vegas, where I presented on "Understanding Security in Flex and Flash".

It is certainly strange being back home – Vegas and Edinburgh are a world apart, but I guess you could say that about Vegas and any city.

Now MAX 2006 is over I would be interested in knowing what you thought? I found MAX 2006 to be enjoyable and informative. I have come back bursting with enthusiasm with all sorts of old and new ideas and like allot of you I am desperate to create my first Apollo application – I won’t mention the $100 million dollar investment fund created by Adobe for companies building Apollo apps ;)

I was also joined by some of my fellow colleagues from Edinburgh, Steven Webster who presented on "Delivering RIA Solutions with Cairngorm 2", Ali McLeod who presented on "Increasing Efficiency and Quality with Flex Automation" and last but not least Alex Uhlmann who wowed us with his cinematic effects when he presented on "Leveraging Flex 2 and Flash Player 9 for Truly Cinematic Experiences". Next year at MAX 2007 I hope we will all be back and will be able to strengthen our Scottish contingent.

My favourite presentations from MAX other than the ones from Adobe Consulting were:

  • Designing More Usable Applications with Flex UI Capabilities (Albert Poon & Brett Rampata) – a really good talk on the importance of design.
     
  • Flex Under the Hood: A tour through the Flex Architecture (Ely Greenfield) – a detailed look at creating custom components in Flex.
     
  • Techniques for Delivering Modular Flex Applications (Roger Gonzalez) – a good talk on how to optimise SWF files which leads in to modularising Flex apps (new in 2.0.1).

Like allot of you I enjoyed the MAXUP sessions and hope to see more of this in the future.

Over the coming weeks and months I hope to release a new version of my plugins for Eclipse that support the development of enterprise Flex applications. The objective of this release will be to support Flex 2.0.1 and the Mac and to introduce support for Cairngorm. This will closely be followed by a new Cairngorm plugin that supports the development of Cairngorm based Flex apps. In the background I am also working on an Enterprise Edition of Cairngorm 2, which Steven mentioned in his presentation.

If you have any suggestions for any of the above please let me know.