MAX 2011 Sneak Peeks

One of the most anticipated portions of any MAX Conference is the Sneak Peeks event. This is when the Adobe wizards take the time to leave their laboratories and show us what features they have been working over the last little while. Features that *might* make their way into some product in some future release. This year was no exception, so follow this link to see about a dozen sneak peeks from MAX 2011. My favorites include Image Deblurring, GPU Parallelism and Reverse Debugging in Flash Builder.


New components in Flex 4.6

One of the best Flex Evangelists out there, Christopher Coenraets, has recently made a blog post where he demonstrates the newest components added to the Flex 4.6 SDK. It is a must see for those developing mobile applications, as these new components were added specifically for this use case. My favorites are the Spinner (like a regular ComboBox) and the Callout components, cause I remember looking for components such as these earlier this summer when I was building some prototype applications (for Android). So what are you still doing here, go see the demo!


Montreal User Group meeting tomorrow

For those interested, the Montréal Adobe User Group is having a meeting tomorrow night from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM to recap the information from last week's Adobe MAX. Click here for full details and to sign up.


Learning the basics of HTML5

Yes, yes, I know. This is my blog about Flex, but you know what, it is always good to learn and know as much as you can. Cause face it, HTML is here to stay and we need to know the most we can't about this latest specification (version 5). The version 5 specification is finally catching up to the things we already have in Flex, but I still don't understand why JavaScript is not strongly typed :(

Anyways, take a look at this video, which is a presentation from Adobe MAX 2011 from a Mozilla developer. He talks about the new tags, form elements, open video codecs and then some.

The future of Flash Platform

Although I did not attend MAX this year, I did find this nice video about several Adobe Product Managers discussing the changes coming to the Flash Platform in 2012. Its great video that shows the performance improvements they will be making, the 10x faster Flex compiler, new encryption/decryption APIs, more components converted to the Spark framework and a feature called "Workers" (think of this as threads, but its not threads within the Flash Player).

So don't delay, get the lowdown on whats coming down the pipe for the Flash Platform!