Archive for January, 2009

Hello World,

Last night’s meeting and presentation with the Capital Flex users group was very informative. After the presentation (and pizza break) we began an informal “round table” discussion about the various FREE and OPEN SOURCE tools web developers use to test, debug, inspect, and manage. I did my best to remember all of the great tools that were mentioned that night.Here are a few:

AlivePDF
http://alivepdf.bytearray.org/
An open source ActionScript 3 library for client-side PDF generation

Selenium
http://seleniumhq.org/
Web application testing tool

FireBug
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843
A Firefox add-in that enables you to edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

ServiceCapture
http://www.kevinlangdon.com/serviceCapture/
A tool that captures and displays ALL HTTP traffic

OpenSTA
http://www.opensta.org/
A software stress and load testing tool

Drupal
http://drupal.org/
An open source content management system

ColdFire
http://coldfire.riaforge.org/
A Firefox extension that displays ColdFusion debug information in a separate tab

Web Developer
http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/
A Firefox add-in toolbar containing various web developer tools

It is likely that I may have forgotten to mention one or more of the tools we discussed last night. If you attended this meeting and see that I failed to mention a tool that you use, please feel free to comment. If you did not attend this meeting but you still have a valuable web developer tool that you would like to mention, please feel free to comment. Later I may create a page devoted to listing many of the web developer tools.

Thanks everyone in advance!

Ciao

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Hello World!

It’s been sometime since my last post. It has been a very busy few months and that’s a good thing. However it’s now a new year and with it comes new opportunities, new presentations. I will have the pleasure of appearing in front of fellow developers in the next few months. I hope to see some on hyou there;

Web APIs in AIR: Twitter-licious

Capital Area Flex Users Group Meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 07 2009

In this presentation I will demonstrate how to use some of the more popular web-based public data sources and open APIs in a Flex/AIR applications. I have created a sample Flex/AIR application that uses the Delicious and SnipURL APIs to create a Twitter-like app. I will show you the API methods available and how to call upon them to retrieve its data.

MATE: A Flex Framework “Extreme Makeover”

Maryland ColdFusion Users Group Meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 13 2009

MATE is a tag-based, event-driven framework for Flex development. Using MATE in your Flex development can help you build powerful, loosely coupled applications. During this presentation I will take a simple Flex application and show how you can perform an extreme makeover that will greatly enhance the application’s architecture, allowing it to scale properly.

Skinning Components in Flex 4 (Gumbo)

Maryland ColdFusion Users Group Meeting
Date: Wednesday, April 13 2009

Adobe has made great improvements to the skinning architecture and process since Flex version 3. In this presentation I will demonstrate how to use Flex 4, currently known as GUMBO, to skin your Flex components.

In addition to the user group presentations listed above I am very excited to have been invited and selected as a speaker at the following popular conferences.

Essential Flex and ColdFusion Integration

cf.Objective() 2009 CONFERENCE
Date: Wednesday, May 14-16 2009

This presentation is designed for the experienced developer who wants to learn how to create Flex 3 application that can connect to server-side data using ColdFusion. It is also for the Flex developer who wants to learn how to effectively retrieve, manipulate, format, and communicate with ColdFusion-based server-side scripts.

I will provide developers with the essentials of connecting Flex 3 applications to remote data services using HTTPService, WebService, and RemoteObject calls. You will learn how to create and use the various Flex and ColdFusion classes that can be used to provide a one-to-one mapping between the client-side and server-side data. In addition, you will learn how to accept and manipulate the data in various formats such as XML. This presentation will cover topics such as handling results and faults, understanding value objects, manipulating complex data.

Skinning Components in Flex 4 (Gumbo)

CFUNITED 2009 Conference
Date: Wednesday, August 12-15 2009

Adobe has made great improvements to the skinning architecture and process since Flex version 3. In this presentation I will demonstrate how to useFlex 4, currently known as GUMBO, to skin your Flex components. During this special conference presentation I will also demonstrate how to use some of the other Adobe tools to help in the skinning process, including Flash and Fireworks.

Well, that’s it – so far. This year already looks to be a very exciting year for all of us. Not only are we looking forward to a very exciting release of Flex 4, code named GUMBO, 2009 also promises the following releases:

Centaur – This is the codename for the next release of ColdFusion. As of this writing beta applications are current being accepted.

Bolt – This is the codename for Adobe’s new eclipse-based development tool. As of this writing beta applications are current being accepted.

Flash Cataylst – Formerly called Thermo, this is Adobe’s new design tool for quickly creating application interfaces without coding.

… and many more. We have a lot to look forward to this year – new tools to learn, more exciting conferences and user group meetings, and thus more opportunities for all of us.

Ciao 😉