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Max Classes – Day 2

Sorry that I am a bit late getting these out. I learned one more thing about Max – it wears you out. I have totally crashed upon arriving back in the hotel the last two nights.

Coldfusion Server Monitoring and Troubleshooting – I quickly realized that I am not using enough of these cool server monitoring features. The snapshots are amazing and do truly allow you to get a good picture of your server’s health. This presentation did a great job of just outlining the benefits of each different type of server monitoring: monitoring, profiling, and memory tracking. Overall: Awesome Class.

Continuous Integration with Flex, FlexUnit, and Ant – This was an amazingly in-depth class. Daniel Rinehart did a great job of outlining their automated build tool at Allurent. He showed their system that incorporates their SVN with Ant- and how the system builds the application every time a “commit” is made. This allows the developers to know if the build is broken (did I mention that it also sends an email with all of the build errors), and the QA team to have the absolute latest build each morning. This class was great for any Flex developers that have large teams (over 5 people).

Live Streaming with the Flash Media Encoder – This class was a great way to end the day. The presentation was pretty good, but the value came when they described different delivery methods for a live streaming event. I must admit that I did not know that you could stream to your own Flash Media Server (and have a custom main.asc file) but then have a CDN (such as Akamai) come in and grab that content and re-distribute that to increase your reach. Very Cool! This keeps you from having to buy a couple new servers that would only be used on your live events (and we do maybe 2-3 a year, so that would be pointless).

After the BOF sessions and some late night coding, I started the day exhausted. I decided to not hang out for the party – but I certainly stayed for the “Sneak Peek” Sessions – which were amazing!

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