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Hello World,

A few weeks ago Adobe released Flash Builder 4 (beta) into Adobe Labs. No, this is not a new version of the Flash Professional IDE. This is the newest version of Flex Builder which, has been re-branded to Flash Builder. This is the same IDE that enables developers to very rapidly build Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) using the Flex framework. This is the same Eclipse-based development tool you’ve come to know and love – but with a several new features.

The name isn’t the only thing Adobe changed. This version also includes many new features that focus on design, data, productivity, and testing. These new “feature themes” include:

  • The designer and developer workflow – tight integration between Adobe Flash Professional and Adobe Flash Catalyst
  • Data-centric development – easily connect and bind to server-based data and service models.
  • IDE productivity and testing – getter and setting generation, conditional breakpoints in the debugger, Flex Unit support, and many more!

In my next series of articles I will introduce you to many of Flash Builder’s new features. Each article will focus on one features set and provide screen shots, code examples, and additional resources. In the meantime, check out these Adobe resources:

Download Adobe Flash Builder 4 beta

Adobe Labs – Tutorial and Demonstration Videos

What’s new in Flash Builder 4 beta?

What’s new in the Flex 4 SDK beta?

Differences between Flex 3 SDK and Flex 4 SDK beta



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 😉

Dot 1 Release of AIR

Posted: June 17, 2008 in Adobe, AIR, Flex


On Monday, June 16th Adobe AIR 1.1 was made available for download on the site. To learn more about this dot release you can take a look at this FAQ (PDF);

Items of note:

Matt Chotin has posted an article about developing Flex applications with AIR 1.1

The Flex SDK is including support for AIR 1.1 in the 3.0.2 stable build. You can download it from here.

Adobe AIR 1.1 documentation can be found here.

I find that it is a worthwhile upgrade.


Adobe AIR 1.1 Just Around the Corner

Posted: June 11, 2008 in Adobe, AIR


Adobe will be releasing the 1.1 version of AIR very soon. In addition to bug fixes, AIR version 1.1 will bring about the following enhancements;

  • Installation dialog translations for Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian
  • Support for building internationalized applications including keyboard input for double byte languages
  • Support for certificate migration from a self-signed application to one that chains to a certificate of authority (CA)

Although I have yet to create any AIR applications requiring internationalization or foreign language install dialogs, I am excited about the fact that I can migrate from a self-signed application to one that uses a proper certificate of authority.

… and the world keeps turning 🙂



Have you registered to attend the WebManicas Conference coming to Washington, DC May 19th – 23rd? Why Not? Well maybe this will help you …

My Top Ten Reasons To Attend WebManiacs!

#10 – Over 100 separate topics covering ColdFusion, Flex, AIR, various frameworks, and other technologies.

#9 – A Ben Forta keynote on day one.

#8 – Several two hour hands-on sessions held in their computer lab.

#7 – My kids took all of tee shirts I got from the last conference I attended.

#6 – Very close to public transportation, many restaurants, and our nation’s capital.

#5 – My presentation titled; Consuming and Creating RSS Feeds (CFManiacs Track)

#4 – My presentation titled; Tweens, Behaviors, View States, and Transitions (FlexManiacs Track)

#3 – My presentation titled; Using Custom Events (FlexManiacs Track)

#2 – A “boat load” of presentation materials and source code that can help jump-start your development efforts.

And The Number 1 Reason to Attend WebManiacs!

#1 – Surround Yourself With Dozens Of Colleagues And Industry Experts Who Love To Talk About Battlestar Galactica And LOST As Much As You Do!!

See ya at the conference … then I’ll see ya at the pub.



Sorry folks about the late post. My company has a urgent and looming deadline that must be met. So most of my time has been spent on that effort.
However, I would like to announce my presentation at the Annapolis Adobe User Group in Severn MD (link for directions here). I will doing a 90 minute tutorial on how to create your very first Flex application. I will keep it simple so that anyone can understand and follow along. Although this is not a hands-on class, you are welcome to bring your own laptop (with Flex 3 installed) and follow along.

So, if you ever wanted to find the time to get a jumpstart on learning Flex, here is your chance. Come on down (or up) to Annapolis (Severn, MD), network, learn something new, and get your questions answered.

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I love watching James Bond movies, especially the older ones. Bond is always equipped with  the latest in high-tech technology thanks to the efforts of MI6’s super geek, Q. As a fellow geek I loved it when Q would use “techno speak” to describe the various gadgets he has in store for Bond. So when Adobe announces another version of software or technology using some seemly meaningless codename, I muse over those days of “cloak and dagger”.

So what’s the word for today? …


This is the codename for Adobe’s next version of Flex. It seemed like Adobe just released Flex 3 … oh yeah, they did. Unlike Apollo (AIR 1.0), I don’t think that we will become so attached to Gumbo that we will start start creating web sites using that code name. Wait, let me go see if the domain is still available …. (2 minutes later) Darn! All gone.

So does this codename in any way reflect what we can expect to see in Flex 4? Well, what is a Gumbo?

Gumbo is a  soup that originated in Louisiana. It’s kinda a like a pot-luck soup containing a diverse choice of ingredients.

I love seafood gumbo – when it’s made properly. So can we expect to see a diverse choice of features added to the next release of Flex 4? Sorry, I don’t have the answer to this but we all can participate in its development.

If you haven’t already, join the Adobe Community and visit the Adobe Open Source Site to keep track of what’s going on and possible contribute. Ever since Adobe released Flex as Open Source, the direction and development of Flex has been in our hands. So we can either make this next version even better than the last OR we can end up with a “bad tasting gumbo”.

If you are interested, there is an interesting site that has documented the many codenames for Macromedia/Adobe products/technologies. You can find it here.

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