Archive for April, 2004
One word…WOW. I must say that FlashintheCan was one of the best conferences I have attended in a while. There were a few small glitches, but nothing that took away from the overall spirit of the conference. I could tell that everyone else was enjoying the conference as much as I was; even on the last day there was standing room only in most of the sessions! Now that is dedication.
One of the best sessions of the day was Chafic Kazoun’s session on the v2 architecture. It was fully packed and Chafic did a great job showing off the power of the new architecture. I personally was very interested, I had spent the past two weeks delving into the architecture, learning how to use it in my applications. I have a great appreciation for it and realize how useful it is even if you are not just building components. I am hoping to post more about this later.
Another great session was Colin Moock’s session on multiuser interfaces and thier impact on the web and on us as users of the web. He showed a lot of great examples, and it really inspired me to try to take those ideas into consideration on my future projects (i more and more see how social networking will have great influence on what we as developers will be building in the future.)
One thing that I can honestly say is that the best part of the conference is meeting up with old friends and getting to know new ones. There are too many people that I hung out with to mention here, but you know who you are and I can’t wait to see all you guys and gals in the future.
So, what are you going to be doing next Spring? Hopefully I will see you at FlashintheCan.
Recently I had thought about building a logging framework to use while developing AS2 applications. Well, looks like I won’t have to; Ralf Siegel has done it for me! He has basically implemented a similar version of the Java Logging API in AS2 for all of us to use. Check it out here.
OK, here is the next installment from the wonderful world of Canada! I am currently in Dave Yang’s session “OOP in Actionscript 2.0″. He is covering mostly basics in programming using AS2, but its always good to hear a fresh perspective. This morning I attended a panel that Dave, Brandon, and Grant held on the same topic. They really delved into some of the little known tricks and “watch out for’s” when using AS2 and the new component framework. This afternoon, I also attended Brandon’s session on his framework called Buzz. Watch out for Buzz in the future, it definitely looks useful and helps tackle some more problems you encounter when developing your Flash applications. After this session, I will be heading over to Josh Davis’ session, I havent seen him speak in forever, so that will provide plenty of inspiration and will be enjoyable as usual.
Who knows what will be going on tonight. I assume it will involve eating lots of food, playing games, and just plain having some more fun. Wish you all were here!
Well, after a late night, I am up, kind of. (Stinking Daylight Savings). Last night was a lot of fun. Mike, Chafic, Brandon, and Veronique, hung out in Mike’s room for quite a while. We kept saying we were going to do work, but I think very little of that actually happened :) We mainly played some Mario Kart, PacMan, and Super Monkey Ball on Brandon’s GameCube. (OK
Well, I arrived yesterday here in chilly Toronto, ready for an awesome conference! I am currently hanging out with Mike Chambers and Chafic Kazoun and we are getting our presentations ready. I don’t really have much to do, me and Mike are jointly hosting an Ask the Pros session tomorrow. We will be answering questions about Central and the Presence API.
The conference schedule looks outstanding, the best I have seen in a long time. There are over 80 speakers from what I understand and 900 attendees (don’t quote me on those numbers). The venue looks great and has wireless throughout. (How did we ever live without wireless!?) So, if you are here, please feel free to stop me in the hall, or come by and see me and Mike’s session at 11:00 am in Pier 8.
Just as a note, I will be heading to Flash in the Can over the weekend. I have been looking forward to this all year! It really is looking like it will turn out to be one of the best conferences of the year. They have a great lineup, and it looks like a lot of members of the community will be there also. I will make sure and make some reports from the conference.
If you are going to be there, Im sure Ill run into you, but if you want a more direct communication method email me at ddura at macromedia dot com.