Not enough blogging?

Not an appropriate heading, but nevertheless it is a fact that I have not been here in this world of words from last year. My last proper post was when last Adobe Flash Platform Summit 2010 took place. I am not sure if that was a coincidence. However, was busy with lot of different work and also some changes in life.

Now, AFPS 2011 is back tomorrow and I have also decided to get back to blogging with it. Will be attending the summit, which has been an excellent platform for understanding and learning new things/concepts in Flash Platform. The summit is a place where I get to see all the superstars from the community together, it is always a great experience to talk to them and even better when they share their experience and we learn from them. I am sure this time the summit is going to be even bigger.

Would be posting on the new things that I have learned. Also, got a chance to write an article with the encouragement of  MidnightCoders, which is also due for a long time and will be published shortly. Lots to write about but have to decide where to start. 🙂

Experience of first AFUG meeting

Well since this was the first time we managed to organize the meeting  for Ahmedabad Flash Platform Group here in Ahmedabad, I thought that I should my experience about it. As the manager of the group it was really a hard job to organize the event in such a short time but my motive was to do it any how since if we fall behind this time also, the plan of organizing the meet up would always remain on papers and will be never fulfilled. I strongly believe that it is a initiative that is required at the start to setup such meeting and then rest will fall in place automatically.

As the work culture is different here in Ahmedabad we had to settle to schedule the meeting on Sunday which of course sounds very tiresome..but we had to do it atleast for the first time.. but people did turn up. We had an audience of 20 members from the community even though I expected more but considering this to be the first time, the numbers were OK. The best part was that we all got to know each other pretty well.

We started off the meeting with a brief intorduction from me on User Group, its advantages and benefits to the community. Followed by an introductory session on Flex and RIA again by me. Then we all had a refreshment, with samosas and chai(tea). Then we did have session on introduction to FMS by Ritesh Newal. Finally we did announce the name of the  winners of the free certification vouchers from Adobe and also distribution of swag from Adobe to the members.

Overall we all had a great time together and also it gave me more ideas for the next meeting on October which is to be made more interesting with more advanced topics and planned well ahead so that there is no last minute confusion. We should be pretty good to pull in more crowd in the next event and in this meeting the members already have felt good vibes about the group, I hope they would already take initiatives and volunter for next user group meeting.
For pics of this meeting – http://tiny.cc/clVAM

FlexPMD

Ted Patrick has posted an interesting information about the open source project FlexPMD which is a tool to find out the worst parts of your code. The tool alerts and points out the bad coding practices that you have followed in your Flex project which I believe is a great thing,  given that while developement you tend to leave behind complex, redundant code and unused variables/piece of code which might give you the expected output but may be not considered as the best practice.
There is also a Flex application FlexPMD Rule set creator which enable to set custom rules for your application, that can be exported and used. The FlexPMD can be downloaded in three forms – CommandLine, Ant Task, Mac OSX Automater.
Once we start development on a  project,  in the initial stages most of us do rather take care to follow the best practices and try delete the unwanted code / unused code, but as soon as the code gets larger and more complex and as the project manager start talking only about delivery dates, it is always a time taking and horrendous process to sit and go through the code and remove all those rubbish stuffs that we have written. Now,I am going to download and try out this tool, if it works well then my code will look pretty in and out. What do you guys think ? 😉
For more info – http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/flexpmd/FlexPMD

Generate Flex code from mockups

We all know how important mockup can be  in the development process of an application or website especially when developing Rich Internet Apps. It demonstrates the clear idea of the  states and transistion that needs to be used in an application. Even though there are many tools to make mockups available, the tool which is to be talked about here is Balsamiq Mockups.

Balsamiq Mockup is a tool used to create mockups and wireframes to demonstrate the UI of an application. Along with the web version it also has a desktop version which is built on AIR. The main highlight of this tool is that  it will easily convert your mockups to the a human readable format called BMML. If you can write some script you can convert the BMML format to your actual code. Now, the MidnightCoders along with Balsamiq enables you to convert Balsamiq mockups directly into your Flex apps..now that is really awesome…

Once you use the tool and when you have the mockups ready you have options to export mockups which will generate a zip file which can be downloaded. The zip file will contain MXML as well as Actionscript files along with server code implemented in Java, C#, VB.NET and PHP. The client-side code will have the same component used as you have used in the mockups wheras the server-side code will have all datas from the controls in the mockup to the corresponding controls in the Flex application. Check out this link to know more about it. Play around with Balsamiq mockups and find out more about it 🙂

Web based Microsoft office

Yup folks you heard it right the Microsoft office 2010 is a light weight version of the office product that will be free and web based…More interestingly the Silverlight also plays a big role in the developement of this product. The product is set to launch by mid of next year.The free products will include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, and will be available to anyone with a Microsoft Live account.It will be surely a huge competitor to the Google Apps. To know more about what all you can expect in the web version of Microsoft office check out this link….

Flash & Flex Developer’s Magazine

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Flash & Flex Developer’s Magazine stands out to be a very informative magazine based on flash platform. Actually it  is very rare to find magazines like FFD that is completely dedicated to the Flash world.Personally I am following this magazine and also have read some articles which I think was very informative. The magazine majorly focuses on articles/topics that are useful for developers who have experience working on flash platforms. What more the magazine will be 100% digitally published from September 2009 onwards and absolutely free so that every readers can download an issue. The latest update is that the June issue is free for download … Go check it out 🙂

My Talk on Flex in Ahmedabad

I should apologize first for blogging about the event after it is over. I was unable to do so since it was a decision made on very short notice and also I was not in the best of my health.
It was a free flex seminar which was organised by Gateway Education and Training| (Only Authorized Training Centre of CDAC-ACTS, in Gujarat) on 25th July,targetting audiences who are from different technical backgrounds and to make them aware of the basics of Adobe Flex, its advantages and it position in market.I was the only speaker in the event and I believe this was first ever event held in Ahmedabad for dicussion on Adobe Flex. Even though we had a registration of 35-40 people, only around 20 could make it to the event since the weather conditions were not favorable for travelling from long distances. The people who attended were from different backgrounds, some from .Net, from Java, some from Flash.. but everyone was very attentive and interactive.One  snap 🙂

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The audience were very curious to know about the technology and also if Flex application would fit in with the existing technology, they work on and much more queries which I thought was definitely a positive sign. I am really looking forward to take more initiative to organise such events in Ahmedabad since this place has potential. Keep rockin Ahmedabad  😉
I also promise, from next time I will be posting about such events well in advance on my blog…