I’ll be speaking at a couple confirences in the next six months on the topic of Flash Development on Facebook. The first conference I’ll be at is MN.swf Camp on April 5th. This will be a short 30 minute session that will introduce the concepts around developing a Facebook application and specifically putting Flash Applications within Facebook.com.
Then I’ll be giving a much more in-depth session at Flashbelt in June. This session will actually dig into some of the details and caveats of Facebook development. Patterson Consulting has been doing a lot of Facebook integration with our clients lately and we see this as an emerging market Flash developers.
I gave a presentation at MN.swf Camp on Peer-to-Peer communication in Flash Player 10. That presentation is now up on my presentations page. The Library that I created to simplfy the P2P commcunication is also posted on my labs page.
I also created two sample applications. The first is a Video Chat application that runs in the browser and the second is an Collaborative Shopping application that runs in AIR. The shopping application was created by Jason Grey, I just added the collaborative functionality.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a long time, but I hadn’t gotten around to it until now. Back in September (2008) I was invited by Schematic to speak at their Technology Summit that was being held in Costa Rica. It was a great location and it was fun to see all the great people from Schematic. I gave my presentation on strategies for becoming a better developer and I thought I’d post it on my presentations page just in case anyone else is interested in what I think.
Yes, we’re going to do it again! MN.swf Camp was such a huge success in 2008 that we’ve decided to make it an annual event. It will be held at the Library again this year on Monday, April 6, 2009.
We’re currently looking for people interested in speaking. If this is you, please go to the MN.swf Camp web site and fill out our speaker form. You don’t need to submit your session topics yet. We’ll be holding an orientation meeting for all interested speakers. After that meeting you will have a couple weeks to submit your final topic ideas and selections will be made.
I’ll be speaking at FlashBelt again for the fourth straight year in June. I’ve spoken at this conference every year since I moved to Minneapolis in 2005. It’s a great conference that brings in both local and national attendees. My session is titled Distribution and Installation Strategies for AIR and will cover the following:
Flash and Flex developers have been spoiled by the fact that most of our applications are distributed over the internet through the browser and Flash Player. We didn’t have to worry about installation or updates within an application. This session will walk you through the process of building a custom badge using Flex that handles the installation, update and launch of your AIR application from within a browser. We’ll also look at how to implement an update feature within your Flex AIR application so your users can always have the most recent version of your application.
MN.swf Camp sold out in less than three days. We had to limit the attendees to 100 because of space limitations, however, we are currently exploring other venue options. If we can secure a larger venue then we will reopen registration. I suggest you sign up for the mailing list on the conference home page so you can be alerted if registration opens again.
MN.swf Camp is a one day conference in Minneapolis focusing on the Flash Platform for programmers. Its being organized by the MN.swf User Group and FlashBelt.
I’m once again speaking at FlashBelt this year. I’ll be speaking on the topic of E4X, the new technology for working with XML in ActionScript 3. I gave a talk on XML at FlashBelt a few years ago and talked a bit about the future of XML in ActionScript including E4X. Well, that future is finally here.
Patterson Consulting is also a development sponsor of FlashBelt this year. Its a great conference and I’m glad to be able to participate. See ya there!
I’ve just been asked to speak at the DX3 conference in Boston this spring. I’ll be giving a session about Flex working with various data sources. Flex can work as a front-end to many different server-side technologies and in this session we’ll examine a few of them and talk about how Flex can communicate with those systems.
I’ll be giving two sessions at the 360 Flex conference coming up on March 5th. The first will be an intro to E4X and how you can use it to make working with XML inside ActionScript much easier and more powerful. The second will be an overview of using Design Patterns within ActionScript 3 and Flex 2.
If you’re unfamiliar with Design Patterns, ActionScript 3 or using Design Patterns in ActionScript 3 this session would be great for you. You should also check out the book Joey Lott and I recently published titled Advanced ActionScript 3 with Design Patterns.
Ezra Freedman, Paul Newman, Jeremy Thorp and myself were attacked by a hail storm following the FlashBelt conference. We just wanted a nice quite meal. ;) All of them were taking video with their phones as I tried to save my car. Jeremy just posted his video on youtube.com. (Warning: There is some explicit language.)