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Rounding Up An Eventful Week

Posted by Sravan | June 16, 2009 .

Adobe Flex & Adobe AIR
Adobe AIR has now been installed over 200 million times. Adrian Ludwig of the Adobe AIR team recaps the various territories it has been adopted into: social apps (mostly Twitter apps, I think), enterprise apps (Salesforce, Oracle), government apps (the Polish Finance Ministry), and what I call novelty apps (like the Fast & Furious widget and the HP Green). I reported the 100 million milestone only four months ago, hearty congratulations to Adobe AIR team, and am now anxiously awaiting similar milestones from Silverlight and JavaFX.

The Adobe Flex team is looking forward to hear from us in the upcoming Open Beta meetings, to get a feel of the user experiences about Flex 4 and Flash 4 Builder betas. There is one for new and beginner Flex developers and another for intermediate and advanced Flex developers.

TechCrunch “found” the missing link for Flash on the iPhone. Peter Elst pointed out that this is an example of how tech journalism goes bad. (Lesson for yours truly.) David Tucker made some thoughtful observations about this possibly-eternal gap between Flash and iPhone.

The Flash Magazine reviewed the FlashDevelop 3.0, released after a very long cycle.

Ariel is intrigued by a “best and worst” Flash site Ark-plus. So am I. Apparently, its parent Ceranco Group has got something to do with interior and exterior home designs.

Ted Patrick pondered about development todo lists, a topic that always ensues great debate. Somewhere below, interested folks can find a Tasks plugin for Flex/Flash Builder.

Smashing Magazine has a list of 50 beautiful Flash websites. Nuff said!

News from a previous week, Adobe now offers a Flash Builder plugin called “Blueprint” which can be used to query sample code from the web, making it as easy as auto-complete.

Microsoft Silverlight
Did you know that the French Open was broadcast this year live from Roland Garros live using IIS7 Live Smooth Streaming? I stopped following that Grand Slam title after the Queen of Roland Garros retired.

Scott Barnes pens about Microsoft being inspired by Apple, its growing focus on design over the past few years.

Sun JavaFX
The JavaFX design tool was unveiled at JavaOne. Here are a couple of screenshots.

Jim Weaver, the JavaFXpert, recommends two blogs for JavaFX developers: one by Dean Iverson and another co-blogged by Jasper Potts and Richard Bair

Others
Ted Patrick wrote an interesting post about what he learnt about development from his ocean kayaking experience.

Amy Blankenship asks on InsideRIA that elusive question: How much is too much?

Lee Brimelow gives a sneak peek of the Flashbelt Dead Drop. Immense fun.

Opera Unite is here. Mashable has a positive review. I can’t imagine, without LOL, Google adapting this.

Kyle Brady is a new hero after winning his copyfight. I envy today’s students working on more meaningful projects in a more meaningful manner.

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