2008 Terry Ryan Predicts 2009
Terry Ryan has posted his 2009 predictions, several of which pertain to ColdFusion. And while I won't confirm or deny any of his comments, it's good to see folks get excited in anticipation of Centaur and Bolt.
2008 Lee Brimelow Introduces Flasher Magazine
2008 Marc Esher On Speeding Up Eclipse
Developers seem to either love or hate Eclipse, few are neutral on the subject. But, like it or not, Eclipse is an important part of our lives as the platform on which Flex Builder is built, and is about to become an even bigger part of our lives when "Bolt" is released. The most frequent Eclipse gripes are related to performance, and so Marc Esher's post entitled Speeding Up Eclipse caught my attention. Marc offers a few practical suggestions that are worth a quick read. But, equally useful, are the comments on his post.
2008 cf.Objective() 2009 Registration Open
cf.Objective has rightfully earned a reputation for quality content appealing to the higher end of the ColdFusion developer spectrum. cf.Objective() 2009 has been scheduled for May 14-16, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, MN. Registration is now open.
2008 The Deccan Herald Names AIR One Of Top In 2008
The Deccan Herald is the largest English-language daily newspaper in the Indian state of Karnataka (home to Adobe's Bangalore office). The Deccan Herald is running a story entitled Top 10 Web platforms of 2008, and Adobe AIR is #3 on the list. eWeek in the U.S., The Deccan Herald in India, ... where next?
2008 Check Out Peldi's Balsamiq
Many of you probably remember Peldi (aka Giacomo Guilizzoni) from his appearances at MAX events. Peldi spent 6 years at Adobe where he worked on Connect and more. I bumped into him at MAX in Milan, and we chatted briefly about his new company and product, and he gave me his card. Over the weekend I had the chance to tinker with his latest creation, Balsamiq Mockups, a utility used to create screen mockups. This is a fun little app. The UI is very slick, the included controls are extensive and highly configurable, and the app is available as a desktop application (courtesy of AIR) and as a plug-in for poplar web apps. He's posted online demos that explain the app better than I could in a few words here, so check it out.
2008 AIR Makes eWeek Top 10 Of 2008
eWeek has published it's list of The Top 10 Products of the Year, and the very first listed is Adobe AIR, concluding:
"The product that comes closest right now to the true vision of this next-generation Web application is Adobe AIR. Descended from Flash, AIR makes it possible to build powerful and interactive applications that have all of the benefits of both Web and desktop apps (such as offline capabilities, in the latter case)."
2008 Check Out Adobe Hair
No, that's no a typo, Adobe Hair it is.
2008 Speaking At Flex Camp Chicago
Flex Camps are small highly focused events, usually one or two days in length, concentrating on Flex, AIR, and related technologies. Chicago is hosting Flex Camp Chicago on January 22-23, 2009. This event boasts a pretty compelling speaker lineup, including fellow Adobe evangelists James Ward and Kevin Hoyt, as well as well known names in this space, including Michael Labriola, Jeff Tapper, and Mike Nimer. I plan on attending and presenting an opening session. Registration is required.
2008 AIR 1.5 Available For Linux
The AIR team has announced the immediate availability of AIR 1.5 for Linux.