Speaking at MAX 2007, Building software people use with Flash and Flex

I’ll be speaking at this year’s MAX conference, but this year is a little different. Adobe this year has introduced a new track called the “inspire” track and I will be speaking on the “Building software people use with Flash and Flex”. A session that will highlight our experience over the past years of developing software products and how Flash and more recently Flex has helped our products. In the session I will showcase some of our work, talk about the process behind them, and touch upon some of the technical details.

Here’s the official session description:

One of the biggest challenges in software is user adoption. Building software in some ways is easy, actually developing software people use is a challenge. In this session Chafic will review the history of Atellis products where Flash and Flex played a key part in driving user adoption, including SimCenter, a product responsible for testing 25% of medical students in the nation, and SimCube a product just launched that is already revolutionizing student learning.

There’s also something else about this year’s MAX that has me excited more than usual. MAX has always been a great event, but typically it didn’t have a large presense from the community. Often community members didn’t even attend MAX or see a reason to. This year is different. With Ted (and I’m sure the help of others who I don’t know about inside Adobe), this year’s event showcases the community better than ever before. If you are attending I would also recommend you take a look at the sessions from Grant, Erik, Aral, and John.

Finally, if you haven’t registered, now is probably a good time. Early registeration ends on the 10th: register here

Integrating ColdFusion with Microsoft Office: Breezo and examples

Many ColdFusion applications can benefit from Office integration–in fact many of our clients flat out require that we support Office integration. In Integrating ColdFusion with Microsoft Office I review six different options and demonstrate the pros and cons of each. You’ll learn when and why to integrate with Office and which options are best for a given situation.
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Come see Macromedia Flex at MAX

Our employer, B-Line Express, will have a booth at MAX to showcase our B-Line Charting Components. We’ll be demonstrating both the currently available 2.5 set and the in-development 3.0 version. This latter version is a complete re-architecture around the v2 framework and supports both Macromedia Flash MX 2004 and Macromedia Flex. If you’re at MAX, come by our booth to check out how our components can be easily integrated into a Macromedia Flex application with code such as follows.

   title="SampleLine Chart"

   <bl:xAxis field="Month"/>
   <bl:yAxis minValue="0" maxValue="10" majorUnit="1"/>
   <bl:series title="Tom" field="tomSales"/>
   <bl:series title="Dick" field="dickSales"/>
   <bl:series title="Harry" field="harrySales"/>


Attending MAX, bring your slides!

If you’re going to MAX, you should have received an e-mail with resources including links to presentations, the MAX Cetral App (very kewl), and Intro. Macromedia will not be distributing handbooks this year that have all the slides printed up. Therefore, everyone that’s attending should print up all the slides for the sessions they”ve signed up for and bring them to Salt Lake City.

And while you’re at it, be sure to install the very nice Central app that can show you where all the rooms are and give you reminders for sessions.

It’s Sunday night and my flight is in the morning.. getting excited now! :-)

Getting ready for MAX 2003

MAX will be held next week and Sam and I will be there. Sam has attended DevCon in the past but for me this will be the first. We will be exhibiting our B-Line Charting components so if you want to say hi stop by our booth. We will also be blogging from the event with any free time we can find.

Also, keep up to date with MAX using MAXBloggers which will include our entries and entries from several other weblogs.