FITC is always an amazingly fun and energetic conference and next week it will be held in Hollywood for the first time. I’ll be at there next week giving a full day workshop, a mini-workshop, and a session with Ben.
Stuff I’ll be presenting
Flex 2 full day workshop: A full day workshop introducing Flex 2 with discussion of MXML, Actionscript 3, Components, Layout, and the basics needed to build your first application. (more details)
Flash and Flex can hold hands: A session I am giving with Ben on how Flash and Flex can work together. Our goal with this session is to show how Flex can be your friend, and in some cases how Flex can improve the workflow for existing Flash work. (more details).
See everyone there. If you’re still considering going, you can get a 10% discount off the price of a ticket by entering “Chafic55″ during the signup process!
Just finished cleaning up my session notes for my session at FlashForward Austin on Component Development In The Flex World. I had a lot of fun giving this session, as many know I have a big interest in component based development and component development, and Flex has a solid platform for both. There are two main concepts that are important to walk away with. The concept of developing Application Component to help promote Component Based Development and developing Custom Components. Both are explained in the slides and an example component is provided for each.
The FlashForward crew have been working hard with every event to grow, making great changes, and listening to suggestions. One thing that I’m especially looking forward to (other than visiting Austin for the first time and hanging out with friends) is that the length of the sessions have been extended by 15 minutes. I know in the past I’ve found it difficult to finish on time when trying to dig into more details on a topic. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that asked for this and am looking forward to seeing how it works out.
My session will be an introductory session on developing components in Flex. I will cover when you might want to build an MXML vs Pure ActionScript component, setting up the structure of a component, implementing styles, events, databinding, and packaging a component. There’s no way I could cover everything about components even with the extra 15 minutes but this session should help Flash and Flex Developers get a good understanding of component development in the Flex world.
One thing to note, this session won’t be focused purely on advanced component development like previous sessions that I have given. I will also touch upon Component Based Development principals, as Flex Framework and MXML are an ideal platform for such a development process which has many benefits to UI programming.
See you all in Austin, and if you will be there pass by and say hi!
I donâ€™t usually announce when team members join our team, but I thought I would this time as many of you already know him. I met Ben two months ago and was excited to find someone who shared the same vision for Flash and the product development process. Ben is an expert Flex and .Net developer, which is a perfect fit on our team, and shares the same passion for the Flash community that I do. He will be working closely with Sam and I in contributing to our existing products as well as helping shape new products we are working on.
In the near future youâ€™ll find us at FITC where we will be speaking.