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Adobe (Scott Fegette) responds to Microsoft SuperPreview

March 20, 2009 · 1 Comment

I was at MAX and I saw the Meer Meer cross-browser preview technology that Adobe is developing. Given the current buzz about Microsoft's forthcoming SuperPreview technology (announced at their MIX conference), I was pleased to see this response from Scott Fegette, Dreamweaver Product Manager, about Meer Meer and how it stacks up against Microsoft's future offering. It's particularly interesting to note that whilst Microsoft is initially focused on Windows-only, Internet Explorer previews, Adobe's service will be cross-platform, cross-browser from the get-go - and what was shown at MAX five months ago was a real demo of a real service, based on early working builds. In other words, Adobe is a long way ahead of Microsoft on this and is very committed to the workflows and technologies needed to address this complex problem. It'll be very interesting to see how this pans out and whether Microsoft will ever address this in a cross-browser, cross-platform manner.

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Post-MAX BACFUG Double Bill recording posted

January 08, 2009 · No Comments

I finally got around to adding the recording URL to Charlie Arehart's UGTV. It's a bit of a wild ride: it's two hours long with a 5-10 minute pizza break in the middle (sorry, Connect doesn't let you edit out the middle of a recording, only the start / end). If I'd known how limited the Connect editing was, I'd have made two separate recordings. Anyway, here is Unit Testing Improves Your Love Life - and - Groovin' To The Fusion: Marc Esher and Bill Shelton of MXUnit fame kick off the first hour and then Joe Rinehart of Model-Glue fame carries the second hour, explaining why a mixed language technology stack can make ColdFusion even more productive.

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More MAX 2008 Sessions on Adobe TV

January 07, 2009 · 4 Comments

Adobe is continuing to put all of the MAX 2008 presentations up on Adobe TV (under the MAX channel). The audio was recorded directly from the in-room mic and the "video" is a screen capture of what was being presented and whatever technology they used to do it has produced a very nice way to watch every single MAX session for free (so I can now go back and watch the sessions I missed which I'd really wanted to attend!). It seems that only two ColdFusion sessions are listed, one of which is my Event-Driven Programming in ColdFusion session. The other is Rob Brooks-Bilson's Advanced ColdFusion Caching Strategies. Searching Adobe TV for ColdFusion turns up nine videos, six of which are part of the Adobe Developer Connection series from Adam Lehman and Ben Forta. If you haven't checked out Adobe TV as a learning resource, there's definitely some good stuff up there.

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2008 in review

January 04, 2009 · 4 Comments

As "usual", I start the year with a round-up of the highlights of last year, based on things that I blogged. It's been a strange year for me. After (seven) years with Macromedia / Adobe and most of 2007 spent freelancing, I took a full-time job with a startup and hired some amazing CFers to be part of my team. I (finally) learned Flex (and AIR). I learned a new language (Groovy) and did a lot less CFML programming than I've done in years while at the same time joining first the Open BlueDragon Steering Committee and then the CFML Advisory Committee, as well as attending more ColdFusion-related conferences than usual (cf.Objective(), Scotch on the Rocks, CFUNITED, Wee Dram of Scotch, MAX).

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More Flex?

December 14, 2008 · 36 Comments

I just received my final evaluation forms from MAX 2008. With the exception of one person who "Fell asleep during presentation. It was offensive.", the comments were mostly positive. There was, however, an interesting undercurrent...

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My Thoughts on MAX 2008

December 01, 2008 · No Comments

Fusion Authority published My Thoughts on MAX 2008 today.
Overall, MAX 2008 was a good experience. It was extremely well-run and well-organized. The location was excellent. There was a huge amount of content, even if not much of it appealed to me directly.
Read the full article for more detail!

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Event-Driven Programming MAX Presentation

November 19, 2008 · 2 Comments

The MAX 2008 version of my Event-Driven Programming in ColdFusion is now available for download (and I'll add it to the right column of my blog soon. This is a substantially different version of the talk seen at Scotch on the Rocks and CFUNITED...

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Adobe Alchemy

November 18, 2008 · 1 Comment

There's a lot of C / C++ code out there that does a lot of useful stuff - masses of tried and true, well-tested and often well-supported open source software. Now you can take any of that code and automatically convert it to compiled ActionScript code that will run on Flash Player 10. Check out Adobe Alchemy on Labs. This was demoed in the general session today at MAX. They initially showed a few libraries (such as OpenSSL) compiled to run on the Flash Player, then they showed image manipulation and audio playback (Ogg Vorbis) running in the Flash Player. Finally they showed Quake(!) and a 6502 console emulator running Super Mario... Whilst it elicited a bit of a "huh?" from many attendees, I think this is a very important piece of technology because it brings a large amount of pre-existing software to the Flash Platform. Oh, and the compiled code runs asynchronously** so that long-running C / C++ cross-compiled processes can run while the Flash Player contains to update the UI etc. ** OK, it runs across Flash frames so it doesn't block execution of other code (at least, that's my understanding).

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BACFUG on Adobe Groups

November 18, 2008 · 3 Comments

Now that Adobe Groups has been announced - in today's general session at MAX - I can encourage everyone to visit BACFUG on Adobe Groups and join the group - and any other groups you might want to be part of (e.g., San Flashcisco, Fire On The Bay, Silvafug...). At present, Adobe Groups does not support RSVP so we'll continue to use the old BACFUG website for that but we will transition fully onto Adobe Groups once RSVP capability has been added.

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ColdFusion IDE - Bolt

November 18, 2008 · No Comments

Some information is posted on Adobe Labs and it was demoed in the general session at MAX today, along with some cool CS4 stuff, Flash Catalyst (formerly known as Thermo) and Flex Builder 4 (aka Gumbo). The demo didn't go into much depth but it's Eclipse-based (no surprise) and has some "intellisense" (but it's unclear how it will handle more dynamic code) with RDS-style file system and database browsing. In some ways, it's really not news - most people expected Adobe to announce this based on the somewhat coy comments Adobe CF staff have been making over the last year at conferences - but at last it's real. The Labs page has an FAQ and an outline of features. You can sign up for the Bolt pre-release program on Labs too.

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