Category Archives: General

Speaking about Flash Development on Facebook

Flashbelt 2010I’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

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. using Flex to Distribute Business Cards

For the past few months I’ve been working with the guys over at Workface to develop their BusinessCard2 platform. BusinessCard2 is a fast growing social site that is focused on being your professional identity online. Simply go the and enter in your contact information to create your card. Then you can embed the card on your web site or blog, you can share it on a number of social web sites, and you can even sign up for the AdCast service where BusinessCard2 will actually purchase advertising space and push your card to a number of publishers on a cost-per-interaction basis.

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Flash Peer-to-Peer at Flashbelt

Flashbelt 09I’ll be giving my Flash Player 10 Peer-to-Peer talk at Flashbelt this week. This will be my fifth Flashbelt and it’s by far my favorite conference of the year. I not only love that fact that it’s in my backyard and I get to sleep in my own bed each night, but the conference is run to perfection; great speakers and a great atmosphere. I’m really looking forward to it this year. See you there!

Peer-to-Peer Presentation at MN.swf Camp

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.

Become a Better Developer

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.

Plugin Adpotion Rates

To anyone that has heard me talk about Silverlight vs Flash you know I think the true issue is with the plugin adoption rates. Here is the first attempt I’ve seen that compares Flash Player and Silverlight plugin adoption. I find it interesting that Microsoft doesn’t publish its plugin adoption like Adobe does. But I guess if my plugin was at 16% and the competition was over 95%, then I might not publish it either.

MN.swf Camp 2009 Call for Speakers

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.