Jul
29

Web Site Requires Reboot?

Posted by Aaron West at 11:42 PM in General, Mobile & Devices

I recently purchased a new Treo 700p and since I no longer need the Motorola Razr I'm sending it to my brother. Tonight I jumped on the UPS Store Web site to track the package and I received the following system maintenance message:

Huh? Your tracking system is offline so I either need to close my browser OR reboot my computer? LOL. C'mon UPS. Surely you can create better, more informative maintenance messages than that.

Nevertheless, I had a good laugh.

Jul
28

Adobe Releases Scorpio Feature Early

Posted by Aaron West at 11:07 AM in ColdFusion

I'm a day behind on this, but I wanted to get the information posted and out there before I forget. At CFUnited a few weeks ago, Jason Delmore (the ColdFusion Product Manager) demo'd some cool PDF features that were slated to be released in "Scorpio," the next release of ColdFusion, slated for 2007. The new PDF features center around a new tag <cfpdfform> and include injecting information into PDF's, extracting information out of PDF's and more. Imagine your users filling out a PDF and submitting it to a CF server where you programmatically extract the information and update a database. Pretty cool stuff.

If you want more information on this, check out Ben Forta's blog post on the subject.

Or, head on over to the LiveCycle Developer Center and download the bits.

Jul
21

It's been nothing short of a stellar week. So many kudos need to be given to all the folks that made this week possible. Ed Sullivan and Christine Lawson for their tireless efforts running the user group and Adobe Community Expert programs (and Ed for spearheading this entire event - I can't express the gratitude), James Talbot, for teaching two absolutely amazing days on Flex, Rob Rusher for helping out as a teaching assistant and Kevin Lynch, Ben Forta, Scott Fegette, Mike Chambers and all the other speakers, and all the UGM's and Adobe Community Experts for participating and making the socializing an event to remember.

I'm now packing up in the hotel at The Fairmont preparing for a few hours of sleep before a 6:30am flight back to Nash-vegas. I'm ultra-exhausted, so I'm going to wait until tomorrow to post a longer follow-up on the week. I hope all those that attended have safe travel back home and I can't wait to see you all again soon.

Jul
20

Ryan Stewart has done some leg work to aggregate all the info pertaining to MAX sessions by product line and present the data in a graph. I'm not going to say you should or shouldn't infer anything from the data, but it definitely is interesting to see how all the sessions break down.

Check it out here.

Jul
20

Adobe has posted the July version of the Edge newsletter complete with a new CSS design that is slick while being super simple. You can read the issue online or subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. Featured in the current issue are Ben Forta's Top 10 Reason's to attend MAX, R Blank's How the Web is changing Hollywood, and Jason Brightman's Small Web team develops big-time magazine site among others. Check it out.

Jul
20

Yesterday, Mike Downey presented at the Adobe Community Summit on Flash. During the Q and A period an audience member asked about the Flash Player express install experience wondering if it required any user interaction. Since I already had a Captivate demo showing how express install works I thought I would post it. This demo illustrates upgrading from FP6 to FP7.

Click here for the demo.

Jul
17

I'm sitting in the airport in Nashville waiting to depart for San Jose, CA to attend the Adobe Community Summit. The summit is a get-together between Adobe User Group Managers, Adobe Community Experts, and Adobe employees (mostly from Developer Relations). The two day event should be a lot of fun and very informative at the same time. I'm arriving a day early and staying a day late in order to participate in 2 full days of hands-on Flex training.

I've been doing a little bit of work with Flex 2 using the SDK on my Mac and compiling applications locally. I've been playing around with the sample Flex 2 applications and if I get a chance I will compile them and put them up here so people can see how they work. So, needless to say I'm excited to get the chance to dive into Flex more and get some official training from the hands that created the product.

As the week progresses, I'll report on the trip and disseminate any information I can.

Jul
10

Anyone who has attended one of the Nashville CF User Group presentations knows how I'm a huge Breeze fan. Having the ability to reach beyond your local user group and city and involve remote users in exciting presentations is a lot of fun and very educational.

Next week, the Boston CF user group will be hosting a live Breeze presentation on Subversion and Trac with Peter Farrell delivering the talk. I haven't seen Peter present this talk, but I would certainly recommend folks check it out. I will be in San Jose next week - at Adobe headquarters - and will try and attend, but my schedule will likely prevent it.

If you're interested, here's the relevant info:

Peter Farrell's blog post regarding the preso:

When:
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 6:30pm EST

Where (RSVP for the URL):
http://coldfusion.meetup.com/17/events/5014773/

Jul
10

Adobe has now opened registration for MAX, Las Vegas which will be taking place October 23-26, 2006. Click the link below for all the details and to register yourself early.

http://www.adobe.com/events/max/

Jul
9

Mike Chamber's Podcast is Back

Posted by Aaron West at 7:41 PM in Podcasts, Flex, Flash

I've just noticed (2 days late) that Mike Chamber's has posted another Podcast after quite a while since the last one. The latest one (July 7) focuses mostly on Flex 2 and the release that occurred almost two weeks ago now. There are also some Apollo bits mixed in as well.

You can check it out here.

Jul
4

CFUnited's day three keynote was given by Vince Bonfanti, President and co-founder of New Atlanta Communications, LLC. Vince spent about half the time giving a high-level overview of BlueDragon and it's pre-history and the rest of the time talking about BlueDragon 7 and the new features contained therein. What follows is my perspective on the new features of BlueDragon 7 based on Vince's presentation and my talks with Josh Adams, Technical Sales Engineer for New Atlanta.

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Jul
2

I've blogged several times about my hosting experience with HostMySite, they're just that good. Now, I must mention them again. On Thursday night, the last night of CFUnited, HostMySite set up a virtual golf game whereby players held a very short club and swung over a tee box that detected your angle and speed. Each player was given ten shots to see how close to the pin they could get. HostMySite awared an XBox 360 to the player who was closest to the pin (I lost by 1 yard). Then, the 4 players with the lowest scores were awarded various prizes. I had the lowest score so I got first pick of the loot. I close the Sony Playstation Portable. Before flying out of D.C. on Saturday I picked up my first game (Tiger Woods 2006) and was able to make my flights go by faster.

Thanks HostMySite!

Jul
2

CFUnited Day 3 Session Recap

Posted by Aaron West at 10:51 PM in ColdFusion, Flex, CFUnited 2006

I'm several days behind in posting this, traveling and lack of sleep has worn me out. Here's a recap of day 3 of CFUnited 2006

Mindmapping for Better Programs with Michael Smith
I started off the day with Michael Smith's talk on Mindmapping. Mindmapping is a very simple concept that, in my opinion, is brainstorming wrapped in a new definition. Michael defined mindmapping as organizing ideas in a visual, web-like structure. You start by placing an idea in the center of a page and then expand the idea with related topics that further define an application, a process, a Web site or anything really.

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