2006 Ted Patrick On VC And The Adobe $100M Venture Fund
With the MAX announcement last week of a $100,000,000 fund created by Adobe to invest in Apollo projects, Ted Patrick has posted some useful info on VC 101 and what you need to know if you'd like a slice of the pie.
2006 Hello From Taipei
I am in Taipei, capital city of the Republic of China, Taiwan, and home to an estimated 2.5 million people. My hotel is right next to the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101.
I got in late last night, and have ColdFusion and Flex related customer meetings today. And then MAX Asia starts tomorrow morning.
2006 ColdFusion WebSphere Portal Server Toolkit On Labs
The ColdFusion Portlet Toolkit is a proof-of-concept library that allows you to use ColdFusion as a Portal Application within an IBM WebSphere Portal Server (WSPS version 5 and greater). Using the toolkit you can quickly and easily create portlets using ColdFusion. The toolkit is now on labs.
2006 Checking In From Osaka
I am in Kansai airport in Osaka, Japan, and have an hour layover here. The airport has free (but s-l-o-w) WiFi, so I logged in to upload/download e-mail. Next stop, Taipei and MAX Asia.
2006 Speaking At Seminar In Rome
Italian Adobe user group actionscript.it is hosting a full day seminar in Rome on November 6th. As I am going to be in the area I'm planning to drop by to speak on ColdFusion Powered Flex, and to show some Scorpio sneaks. Registration is required.
2006 On My Way To MAX
I am on my way to MAX - MAX Asia that is, in Taipei, Taiwan. I'll be presenting on both ColdFusion and Flex, and will also be presenting some of my MAX keynote content from last week. MAX Asia continues in two other Asian locations that I will not be attending as I have to be in Europe next week. Others will indeed be attending multiple locations, including Ted Patrick who will be in Taipei and Singapore.
2006 The FLEXifier Is Live
Amidst the hustle and bustle leading up to MAX, I managed to steal some time to work on a skunkworks project. The idea was to let people experience the fun and instant gratification of Flex, without needing to download and install anything at all. And thus The FLEXifier.
Using The FLEXifier you can enter and compile any combination of MXML and ActionScript (the one limitation being that you can only compile a single file, so no external files or data or images). You can start with one of the examples, or enter code of your own. Assuming the code compiles you'll see the results immediately (if not, you'll see error messages instead). And then, when you are happy with your creation, The FLEXifier can even e-mail the SWF and MXML to you directly.
The application itself is a combination of ColdFusion and Flex Java libraries. Initially I was using <cfexecute> to spawn the command-line Flex SDK compiler, but that was just not fast enough. I tried several other options too, before plugging in a very clever Java API interface to the compiler created by Clement Wong (formerly of the ColdFusion team, now on the Flex team). I also implemented a sophisticated caching mechanism to avoid unnecessary compilations. And finally, the application was given a Spry based front-end, thanks to help from Ray Camden.
Enjoy The FLEXifier, and if you have suggestions on how to improve it, please share.
2006 For The Latest On Apollo
For the latest on Apollo, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/apollo. The page has just been updated based on information released at MAX this week.
2006 CFX_Markdown Ports Markdown To ColdFusion
Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML. Seb Duggan has ported the code and created a Java CFX tag named CFX_Markdown.
2006 Post MAX Apollo Seminar With Mike Chambers
If you were not able to attend MAX, or just want more information on Apollo, then you may want to join Mike Chambers for an online seminar on Thursday, November 2nd at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). Registration is required.