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Corporate Invasion of the Social Web

I recently had some problems with my Internet connection. Actually, I have a LOT of problems. So, one morning after discovering my connection was absent, I ran to the local coffee shop to get some work done. After arriving, I expressed my frustration on Twitter:

Twitter Message

To my surprise, only minutes later I get a response…from Comcast:

This was weird, but in all honesty they helped me out. They were able to schedule someone to come again and look at the problem. I know Comcast has a bad reputation, and this doesn’t eliminate it for me. However, it looks like they are making a step in the right direction.

This does bring up another interesting point: The Social Web Being Used as a Platform for the Enterprise. Steven Webster blogged about a Credit Union that is using Facebook as an optional Platform for it’s online banking application. I think the corporate invasion of the social web is only beginning.

Announcing ‘AIR for Flash Developers’ at

AIR for Flash Developers

I am really excited to announce that my series, AIR for Flash Developers was released yesterday. The series is now available via the Online Training Library, and it will soon be available on DVD.

In this series, you will get to build an entire web browser without ever leaving Flash CS3. In addition, you will build a photo viewer, an online / offline contact manager, and get to work extensively with the AIR API.


AIR Cookbook – Get Involved!

I am so excited about the upcoming AIR Cookbook. We went and got a great group of authors for this project: Marco Casario, Rich Tretola, and Koen De Weggheleire as well as myself.

The great news: Just as with the Flex 3 Cookbook, the community is going to play a large role in this book.

The Online AIR Cookbook

The Online AIR Cookbook will be your gateway to getting your entry into the book:

Share your knowledge. We’re looking for new and original solutions and work-arounds to common coding problems related to building Flex, Flash, or HTML/Ajax-based apps on Adobe AIR. If you have a solution related to the following or any other topic related to building on AIR: Bridging content from different security sandboxes Using transactions with queries Including a database in an AIR application Consuming eBay Web Services Reading and writing data from a file Making creative use of the Service Monitor Framework …be sure to post it to the AIR cookbook for a chance to have your solution appear in the upcoming Adobe AIR Cookbook to be published by O’Reilly. All posts will receive equal consideration.

CLICK HERE to get all of the information on the online AIR Cookbook and its connection to the book.

Needed Entries

One of the best ways to get your information included in the AIR Cookbook, is to look at the list of entries that we are seeking. I am keeping an updates list of those items here on my site: view the list. Find a topic that you are interested in – and then go to the online AIR Cookbook and submit your entry (be sure to opt-in to the O’Reilly program to be considered for the book).

Pre-Order the Book

If you really, really, want to get your copy ordered early – Amazon already has the book listed (but remember – the book will be out late this year).

AIR Cookbook

Great Cairngorm Slides from 360Flex Europe

Børre Wessel has posted his slides on his talk ‘Cairngorm Deep Dive’ from 360Flex Europe. Børre is a Senior Consultant at Adobe Consulting and I found these slides to be pretty useful.

Presentation Slides (PDF)

The Adobe AIR Cookbook

Hopefully all of you have gone and purchased your copy of the great Flex 3 Cookbook from O’Reilly already. Just as this book braved new waters with the online / offline versions and the community contributions, the O’Reilly AIR Cookbook will do the same. We have assembled a great group of developers for this project (more on that in a future post) and I am excited to lead such a talented team of authors.

Currently we are looking for technical editors. If you are interested, you can read a bit more at my InsideRIA post on the topic.

UPDATE: Thanks to all who submitted their name for consideration. We have received quite a large response. If additional information is needed from you, you will be contacted directly.

No More Commute: Working from Home

Tomorrow starts a new phase for me. I finished up at Georgia Tech last Friday, and now I will be working from home. Like any other developer, I have done a great deal of work at home – but that is drastically different from working from home. Any tips from the home working crowd?

RIA Buzz – New RIA Newsletter from Adobe Developer Connection

The Adobe Developer Connection is creating a newsletter, similar to the EDGE newsletter, but specifically focused on RIA’s and RIA technologies. This new newsletter is called the RIA Buzz. The first issue has not yet been released, but they are accepting sign-ups right now.

Sign Up for the Newsletter

DISCLAIMER: I write a column in this newsletter – but I would certainly be supporting it even if I didn’t. It is great how Adobe is now putting out a newsletter specifically for the RIA community.

Busy Weeks and Google Reader

I had a very busy week last week while I was on-site with a client. When this happens – one thing really suffers – my blog reading. When I returned home, I had nearly 1500 entries waiting to be read. This is one of the disadvantages of Google Reader now displaying the full number of unread items (previously it would only say 100+). So, now I have to sit at Google Reader totally disheartened at the massive task before me.

So, this leads to long days of pouring through these unread entries (it certainly didn’t help that the Flash Player 10 Beta was released last week – 50% of the posts were related to that). You can see the effect display in my Google Reader’s Trends page below.

SlideRocket Interview and Invites

I just posted my write-up of the interview I had with Mitch Grasso, CEO of SlideRocket, on This article also includes some invites if you hurry and check it out.

An Interview with SlideRocket

Mobile Printer Recommendations

I don’t travel all the time. However, there are times when I am the lone developer on a project and I have to setup shop in a hotel room for a week or so. I also have a nasty little secret – when I go on trips like this, I go to WalMart / Target and pick up one of those $29.99 Lexmark printers, so that I have something I can use. It generally is cheaper than having the hotel print everything out.

However, I don’t like having all of the waste. I generally leave it with the hotel in hopes that they will let some other business traveler use it if he needs a printer – but, who know if that is what actually happens.

I am curious if any of you mobile workers have a mobile printer that works well for you? I have looked at several models – and they all seem a bit pricey. However, if I knew that a certain model would last, I might not mind as much. Just curious what everyone’s thoughts were.

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