Hello 2011!

Monday
Jan 10,2011

First of all I want to wish a Happy New Year to the people who are still reading my blog… sorry for the low number of posts in 2010 (despite the high level of excitement), but it was definitively not my best year for many reasons so no recap of 2010 for me. Hopefully if you’re following me on twitter, you knew that I was still alive (and yes twitter is making me a lazy blogger!) :-) Nothing to worry about, I enjoyed the conferences that I attended, networking (always nice to meet “old” friends again and get new ones, contacts with the Adobe Community Team…), the excitement around mobile development for Android (Flex mobile and AIR), the upcoming tablets (who said PlayBook?) etc…

My 2011 resolutions? I prefer not to put anything here yet, I’m usually not good at keeping them :-) I can only tell that my blog need a serious lifting and that I will think how to make our CFUG a bit “stronger”. That’s it for my first post of 2011, Cheers!

Want to attend an OOP for Coldfusion event?

Thursday
Nov 25,2010

I hope that all my readers are aware of the Object Oriented Programming in ColdFusion book from Matt Gifford, and of course already bought and read it! :-)

Well, Andy Allan and Matt are currently discussing the idea of a User Group or Workshop tour on the same topic: so they need some feedback from the community and are asking you to fill in a very quick and simple survey.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oopcf

Thanks in advance!

Next Belgian CFUG event

Monday
Nov 22,2010

For this meeting we want to open the discussion on multi-screen applications development and a popular ColdFusion open source project. So…

Serge Jespers, an Adobe Platform Evangelist and longtime Flash enthusiast, will present “Flash Platform on devices”: Learn how to build multi-screen applications with the Flash Platform tools and runtimes. Serge will show you multiple applications running on multiple devices and talk about how they were built.

Guust Nieuwenhuis, consultant for I.R.I.S. Solutions & Experts s.a./n.v., and developer at the European Commission, will present “Developer introduction to MURA CMS”: Do you know what MURA CMS, an open source ColdFusion based Content Management System, can do for you as a developer? Get yourself introduced to MURA, its architecture, its event model, its API, its extension possibilities and be ready to get started!

WHEN:
November 25, 2010 at 6:30 PM

WHERE:
Adobe Offices Benelux
Culliganlaan 2F
1831 Diegem
Belgium

PROGRAM:

18h30: Flash Platform on devices.
19h45: Developer introduction to MURA CMS.
21h00: Free drinks and networking

The event is free of charge, but seats are limited. Make sure you register quickly!

Interested in the BlackBerry PlayBook?

Saturday
Nov 20,2010

One thing I’m excited about is the arrival on the market of tablet devices and, of course, being able to develop for them :-) I’m not sure yet what is their target demography: so far I’m seeing it more for early “geek” adopters, frequent travelers maybe… but with RIM/BlackBerry entering the market in 2011, it could change everything because their name is usually associated with business - talking about names, in my opinion the device name “PlayBook” is a huge contrast with the image of the brand itself. As an enterprise application developer and with the BlackBerry PlayBook, I can now imagine a tablet entering the enterprise world and run corporate applications.

Let’s have a look at some of the specifications:

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • True multitasking
  • Powerful, user-friendly QNX technology
  • Dual HD video cameras
  • Micro USB and Micro HDMI
  • Full Adobe® Flash® 10.1 enabled
  • Built-in support for HTML 5
  • 7″ LCD display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 4 points Multi-touch capacitive screen
  • Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Supports POSIX OS, SMP, Open GL, BlackBerry® 6, WebKit, Adobe Flash, Java® and Adobe AIR 2.5 for development

Quite impressive, no? :-) As you can read, as an ActionScript developer YOU can also create Applications!


*** WHERE TO START?
***
BlackBerry Tablet OS Application Development section of the BlackBerry website

There you will be able to download the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK Beta for Adobe® AIR and the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Simulator for both Mac and Windows. Have a look also on Adobe Labs.

*** WATCH THE WEBCAST SERIES ***
available on the BlackBerry Tablet OS Developement Resources section of the BlackBerry website

*** EXPERIMENT ***
and ask any questions on the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR Support Forums Board


And there’s one thing that you don’t want to miss: the free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet offer! To make it short, develop and have an application accepted in the BlackBerry App World (Official Store for BlackBerry Apps) before the official launch of the tablet, somewhere Q1 2011, and get a free PlayBook. More detailed information will be posted very soon.

I hope a lot of you will give it a try. Myself, I will do some experimentations and will share them with you!

Back to blogging!

Saturday
Nov 20,2010

Yes, here I am again! Sorry for this long silence but heavy workload and summer holidays are my excuses – Anyway I was still very active on twitter, my web presence life saver :-) I also attended Flash On The Beach 2010 which was a blast as usual (very good work again John and the whole FOTB team!): I was very happy to see familiar faces (Andrea, Dan, Luca,…) but also meet new ones that I knew only from twitter or their blogs (Trine, Véronique…) – moreover there was a huge presence from Adobe this year including some *special guests* like our lovely Rachel Luxembourg and Magda Neagu, our new Community Manager for EMEA (Welcome again) !

I sadly have to miss the Adobe MAX conference this year :-( Thanks to the live streaming of the 2 keynotes (BTW peer to peer in the Flash Player 10.1 worked very well), numerous tweets, blog posts and you can always watch the recording of all sessions on the dedicated Adobe TV channel - this year the conference was definitively focused on mobile development (AIR for Android, Tablets, Google TV) which is really exciting.

As far as I know, there was few or no information on ColdFusion X but you can have a look at this ColdFusion Builder 2 “Storm” Sneak Peak (Blog post from Ray Camden - video from Tim Cunningham). Don’t be too disappointed, just read one of the last tweet from Adam Lehman “Got approval on our plans for Link! Its go big our go home time for #ColdFusion. Adobe management said “GO BIG!!!”” :-)

So in the next coming weeks, expect more blog posts from me (hopefully) with some experimentations on mobile development.

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