MXDU – Day One rewind

I’m currently in James Talbot’s ‘Flex for Flash Developers‘ session, sucking up information and nursing wounds from being fragged repeatedly by Mike Chambers in the XBox lounge during afternoon tea (ouch). An earlier session on ‘Dynamic Flash‘ ended up being more of a roundtable session (and a quite good one), with well-known Flashers such as Chafic Kazoun, Aral Balkan, Jesse Warden, Peter Hall, and many others entertaining questions from the audience.


Other great sessions today included Jesse Warden’s Flash/Flashcom/AMFPHP session, as well as Guy Watson’s ‘Flash Navigation‘ preso, ripping apart good and bad Flash navigation paradigms (have you checked out the cool zoom-in/zoom-out Relevare site navigation?). I had to miss the session on MX TV- Flash development for broadcast – due to conflicts. Alas, I was unable to pull a Hermione Granger-style timeshift to catch both that and Jesse’s session today.Today’s hallway conversations ranged all the way from ColdFusion/Java integration, the new CFMX7 event gateway (a favorite topic from what I can tell), home-grown DVRs (thanks to Rocketboots’ Andrew Muller for some great tips there), mobile development and Flash Lite, and more. I’m actually pretty pleased to see the number of Flash Lite-capable phones around the conference- although there’s been some minor grumbling about the Flash 4-era scripting model available in Flash Lite, generally there’s been quite a buzz about handset Flash development that I for one will be really interested in tracking (and participating). In fact, the fellow two seats down from me is currently transferring some test movies from his laptop to his Nokia 6600 via Bluetooth as I type this. I’ve been trying to get a pulse on Flash/CF developers and their related interest levels towards mobile development, and apparently it didn’t take much digging to find plenty of people fitting the profile. ;-)The MXDU banquet tonight should be a blast- looking over the program it appears the first part is some form of treasure hunt, followed by much food and merriment, and given the casino setting the conference is housed within I’d expect the post-partying to continue well into tomorrow morning. Myself, however- I may duck before too late and get up early tomorrow to take a run along Sydney harbor before the sessions kick in, so expect another update shortly after tomorrow’s Flash keynote (delivered by Mike Downey and the aforementioned agent of XBox death, Mike Chambers). Until then…