Archive for November, 2003
Well, today is the final day of the MAX 2003 conference here in beautiful Salt Lake City. What an amazing conference it has been. There have been many new product announcements, sneak peaks, and lot of enthusiasm for the future of the Macromedia product line.
This afternoon I will be giving my third and final session, “Deconstructing a Macromedia Central Application.” Luckily (uhhum…) I will be giving it in the last time slot on the last day. Turnout has been amazing at the first two sessions, so if you are still here, feel free to stop by and introduce yourself.
Just a few highlight of the conference:
- Central Developers Release – on Wednesday, Macromedia announced the release of Macromedia Central. All the APIs are done, the application is polished, and a very thourough SDK is now available.
- Macromedia / AOL Partnership – One of my personal favorites, AOL and Macromedia have partnered to open up the AIM service to Macromedia Central developer. This is VERY significant, AOL has never opened up the API as they are doing here. The possibilities for using this technology are infinite. Ill have more information about this later….hmm….
- FLEX (codename Royale) – Let me be honest, I was actually quite sceptical of FLEX after a late night Macromedia breifing I attended on Sunday evening before the conference. After viewing numerous demos of the technology in action and the workflo available to FLEX developers, let me say that I am becoming convinced of its value VERY quickly. Again, more information to come. :)
- Breeze Live API – Peldi gave a great example of how the Breeze Live API is being opened up to flash developers. Web Services, Pods, etc. Also, Peldo showed off a great little Central application that he built that would alert you when new users entered a breeze live meeting, so you would know when to join that meeting. Just one example of what I believe will be many more applications and extensions to Breeze.
And, not to mention, there have been some great speakers and great events. The party at the Ogden Ice Sheet (the speed skating venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics) was quite amazing, lots of food and drink, and some neat (albeit loud) music.
Ill have another post later about a Case Study that has been published regarding a Central Application that I built.
Well, it seems that Mike Chambers has been secretly planning, from what I understand, sounds to be like an awesome party for all you Flash developers, Central developers, and those of you who are just curious.
There will be food, drinks, video games (of course), wi-fi, and some of the actual Central team there. So, if you have a question about Central, need help with an app you are developing, or are just curious about how Central will benefit you, be sure and stop by. I will be there!
And as a side note, I know Mike won’t announce this, but if you really want to see him get beaten up playing video games, this will be a perfect time…hehe…. (bring it on Mike).
There is a very interesting article on MSNBC.com today about the recent announcement from Amazon announcing the new search functionality on thier site. If you were unaware, Amazon now is offering the ability for you to search the text of ‘only’ 120,000 books. The author of the article successfully persuaded me to see that not only is the new search a revolution for the internet, but the beginning of maybe a new way for us to view the past, and the present. In other words, maybe it is the end of the Information Age, and the beginning of the Information Age 2.0.