MXDU – Day Two rewind

Well, another MXDU ended with a bang last night- what a great conference. My kudos and sincere thanks for Geoff Bowers and ALL the Daemonites for putting on one of the best-run conferences I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend! Seriously. Now back to the coverage…


After yesterday’s keynote (i.e. my prior posting), I dove into sessions again:- Grant Skinner’s ‘Object-Oriented Procrastination’ session- an AWESOME exploration into Grant’s own personal explorations into object-oriented paradigms, interaction models and some just-plain-cool ‘generative art’ applications. I heard many besides myself talking this session up, hats off to Grant for a fun and very informative preso.- Chafic Kazoun’s v2 Component Architecture session- a dense and confusing subject to most that Chafic cut right through, building a status icon component from scratch while pointing out obvious and not-so-obvious snafus and pitfalls around v2 (and v1) component development, and the component architecture itself. Check out his component development tutorials @ Ultrashock, as well- component development can be nerve-wracking and Chafic has got it down COLD. Great presentation. Just don’t go up against him in Halo 2 without a shotgun firmly in hand … ;-)The afternoon closed out the conference with a ’round-table’ Q&A session with the Macromedia presenters, fielding some great questions in a very lively session. And alas, once that closed out, the conference was officially at an end. I can honestly say this has been my favorite con in years.I’ll ‘blog a post-conference summary of my thoughts and impressions of the MANY hallway conversations and ‘street buzzes’ I picked up while here in Sydney early next week (it’ll take nearly that long to wade through all my notes), the relaxed and organized atmosphere of the conference was a great setting for a lot of informal discussions. Hot topics included:- CFMX7 and it’s new features (event gateways got lots of talk and interest- as did the cfdocument and cfform updates)- Flash Lite, and mobile development in general (particularly interesting discussions around the differences in both the environment, user experience and API level support)- Enterprise architecture/frameworks (Sean Corfield gave a great preso on this, too)- 8-Ball and Maelstrom – the next versions of Flash and the Flash Player (the latter demoed several times during the con)- Lots of thoughts and opinions about migrating to mobile delivery with existing applications- and much more…For now- I’m off to meet some of the MM user group managers for brunch and see a little bit more of Sydney than the Star City conference center- my next post should be from San Francisco.And if you have the opportunity to attend MXDU next year- I highly recommend you start planning it now!Until then…