Speaking at FlashForward 2006 Austin on Flex Component Development

For the first time, FlashForward will be held in Austin September 11th to the 14th, and I’ll be there speaking on the topic of Component Development in the Flex World. Flex is the ideal component based development platform, and I strongly believe in the power of knowing how to develop them, even if they are basic and will not be distributed. Component based development helps break down large problems into achievable ones, while still maintaining excellent quality (here are some thoughts I had back in Sept 03 on the topic).

If you haven’t build components before, never built component in Flex, or just interested to see how easy it is to get started, then you’ll enjoy this session

Session Description:

Flex is an ideal Flash® application development platform that takes great advantage of built-in and custom-made components. For this reason, developing a good understanding of Flex components will help you build better applications faster, with fewer bugs.

In this session, Chafic will detail the internals of how components are structured beginning with the basics, walking through the process of building a first component and providing details about the different development options. Attendees will gain insight into what makes up a component as a basis to extend existing components or develop their own.

Topics covered include: the hierarchical structure of the Flex Component Framework, component development with MXML and ActionScript 3.0, component development with ActionScript 3.0 only, building custom events, implementing data binding, implementing style support.

Prior experience with Flex is not required, although helpful.

This will be my first time in Austin, if you are attending make sure to say hi

WordPress Migration Complete

Finally got all the important things complete for the migration from Movable Type to WordPress. Setting things up was quite easy and so far I’m liking the new system a lot. The most time consuming part was ensuring the old urls mapped properly to the new blog system. If anyone finds anything broken please let me know. Also.

I haven’t customized the look/feel yet. That will come next, along with more frequent posts!


This is the weblog of Chafic Kazoun. Chafic is the Founder and Chief Software Architect of Atellis, a Washington, D.C. based firm that specializes in developing Rich Internet Applications and Products. At Atellis Chafic manages, architects, and develops next generation products and components.

Chafic has been actively involved in the Flash community, has delivered presentations at numerous conferences including FITC, FlashForward, MAX, Spark Europe, and MXDU. He has also contributed to published works and is the author of the book “Programming Flex 2.0” by O’Reilly Publishing. He is also an Adobe Community Expert