My 360Flex Schedule

360Flex is right around the corner and based on the topics (and what’s coming on the horizon) I think this is going to be one of the more interesting 360’s in a while. I’m speaking on creating Collaborative Applications with Flex and PHP and since I’m the only LiveCycle Collaboration Services talk, I’ll probably do a lot of generic LCCS stuff as part of the talk. But the most exciting part is getting to see what other people do. Here’s a breakdown of where I’m hoping to be for each timeslot.

  • Monday 10:00 – 11:20: 300 – Michael Labriola – Apocalypse Soon? the remaking of ‘Flex Components’ – I always like hearing Michael speak and since he knows almost as much as anyone about Flex components, I think this is going to be a great talk.
  • Monday 1:00 – 2:20 – My session.
  • Monday 2:30 – 3:50: 200 – Kevin Hoyt – Flex + Phidgets = Beer – Tough timeslot with both Garth Braithwaite and Jesse Warden. I know Kevin has been cooking up some unique demos for this, and with those three catch words, it can’t be a bad session.
  • Monday 4:00 – 5:20: 300 – Yakov Fain – Boring presentation on Flex libraries and modules – I think that Matt Guest’s typography session will be great but I want to spend some time geeking out on modules in Yakov’s session.
  • Tuesday 10:00 – 11:20: 300 – Aaron Pederson, James Polanco – Flex 4 Component LifeCycle Best Practices – I think both Deepa’s and Paul’s sessions are going to be great, but I think the Flex 4 component lifecycle is something worth checking out and James and Aaron always present very well.
  • Tuesday 1:00 – 2:20 – I’m really torn on this one between Jeffrey Houser’s session on Halo versus Spark and Gary Rogers automated build and deployment process. I know a lot less about automated building and deployment so I think I may step into that one and see how it goes.
  • Tuesday 2:30 – 3:50 – Elad Elrom – Building Applications using Test Driven Development (TDD) I am really shitty when it comes to test driven development because a lot of what I build are demos, so I want to check this out. But the GPS/Flex session by Randy Troppmann and Andrew Westberg looks really slick.
  • Wednesday 10:00 – 11:20 – by FAR the toughest slot at the conference. Renaun, Jeff Tapper, Dan Florio, and Simeon Bateman all going head to head. I’ll either flip a coin or run back and forth.
  • Wednesday 1:00 – 2:20 – 200 – Nate Beck – Flexible Games… game development with stuff you already know – I’ve seen Nate do a couple of bits on game development so I think this will be a cool and useful session.
  • Wednesday 2:30 – 3:50 – 250 – Andrew Powell – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love UX – Andy got really rave reviews at RIAUnleashed and I missed his session. I’m hoping this is more of the same and it’s a good way to end the conference.

It’s going to be a jam packed 3 days. If you haven’t registered yet, you can register with this URL and get a chance to win the next version of Creative Suite. Plus you’ll get a chance to talk to the engineers and product managers, you can check out Flash Player 10.1 on mobile devices (I think we’ll all have demos to show) and generally kick back with fellow Flex developers.

Register for 360|Flex and Be the First to Win Uber CS5

Are you planning on going to 360|Flex San Jose March 7-10th? Have you registered yet? If not I’ve got a deal for you. I’m going to be giving away a copy of whatever the highest suite level is for Creative Suite 5 to a random attendee who registers on the 360Flex site with my URL which is Here’s how it will work. I’ll randomly select one person from the list of people who register with that URL. If you’re the winner I’ll email you to find out if you want Mac or Windows. Then, if CS5 is released before 360Flex, I’ll bring you a copy to take home. If it’s released afterwards I’ll take your address and send it to you.

I’m also going to be holding a contest for the designer-types which I’ll announce later when I nail down the specifics. But hopefully this gives you all a jolt to register for 360Flex sooner rather than later.

I was on a Boat – RIAdventure

Imagine for a moment being stuck on a boat for 6 days with a bunch of geeks. Then imagine you’ve brought your wife (or husband) into it. There is no escape (except for excursions). What do you think the result would be? That’s what I was asking myself before RIAdventure. I have to admit I was a little nervous but I had faith that because it was the Flex community it would be a great time. I was dead wrong. It was a FANTASTIC time and I got to know a lot of people really well, saw some great presentations, and my wife and I even came away with some “couple friends”. It was the ultimate blend of great community, friendly people, geeking out, and personal friendships.


My favorite talks of the conference were by Doug McCune and Greg Burch. Doug talked about his work on data visualization and took us through the history of “datvislashun” (inside joke) that he’s researched because of the Spatial Key project. It was a perfect high-level, thought provoking talk. I also learned a lot about “Slider” the Flex Mobile framework from Greg Burch. It’s amazing what you can learn about your own products when you hang out with the person who’s the lead on internal projects.

But the best part was the socializing. We saw some great (and some terrible) karaoke, hung out on the beach with Flex people, and got to know some new members of the community. One of the most interesting parts to me was that a good chunk of the RIAdventure attendees were “new” to the Flex/Flash community and this was one of their first conferences. It’s kind of a hardcore way to jump in so hopefully we didn’t scare them off.

Thanks to everyone who made it fun. For those that weren’t there, I highly suggest you go next year. Bonding with the community, getting to know spouses, and geeking out on some cool topics was a great way to spend the week. It was just a completely different kind of experience for getting to know people in our world and I’m really glad I went. Of course the next best thing is 360|Flex in March. Be sure to register!