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Though not listed either on the US amazon site, nor on Barnes and Noble, the UK version of Amazon is this week already listing "Adobe Flex 2: Training from the Source"  - the book that's due out August 31 from Jeff Tapper and his coauthors, James Talbot, Matt Boles, and Ben Elmore. Jeff Tapper, who blogs here, is chief technologist of Tapper.net Consulting and a member of the Editorial Board of Web Developer's & Designer's Journal. Another Flex-centered book due shortly after this one is SYS-CON Books' own Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex and Java: Secrets of the Masters (ISBN 0-9777622-2-X)  which will be launched at AJAXWorld Conference & Expo in the first week of October. Written by SYS-CON's Yakov Fain with his coathors Victor Rasputnis and Anatole Tartakovsky, the book is aimed squarely at developers. While not a replacement of documentation that ships w... (more)

Adobe Announces MAX 2006 Conference and Fourth Annual MAX Awards

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced the Adobe MAX 2006 Conference, to be held Oct. 23-26 in Las Vegas. MAX 2006 will give developers and designers a forum to network, share ideas, get hands-on technical training from certified experts, gain new skills and learn about new and emerging Adobe products and technologies. Adobe also announced the call for entries for the fourth annual Adobe MAX Awards, which recognize customer achievement in eight different categories. With the conference theme of "Beyond Boundaries," the event will feature keynotes by Adobe CEO Bruce ... (more)

"We Build Software Backwards," Claims Cynergy VP Dave Wolf at "Real-World Flex"

"If we can imagine it, we can now build it." That, in a single sentence, is what - according to Dave Wolf, VP of Consulting at Cynergy Systems pictured) - characterizes the disruptive moment of opportunity that Flex has arrived right in the middle of. In his session, intriguingly titled "Front to Back Development," Wolf contended that "If we don't know what the app has to do, we build everything." But 80% of the users only want 20% of the features, Wolf continued - so why don't we predict that and developers could save themselves 80% of their time? We need to build software the ot... (more)

Mansour Raad's Mapping Mashups Wow the Audience at "Real-World Flex"

The irrepressible Mansour Raad (pictured) opened the eyes of the "Real-World Flex" audience wide on Monday, as he demonstrated the extraordinary power of Adobe's Flex by demo'ing a mouth-watering sequence of 'mapping mashups' drawing on the full power of ESRI's astonishing GIS data combined with the presentation power of Flex. With over 20 years of experience in the IT field, Raad is Senior Software Architect of ArcWeb Services at ESRI - or Environmental System Research Institute - where he has been using his command of i-Technology to design the next-generation Internet solution... (more)

Voices from the Community

Post "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar by Jesse Randall Warden www.jessewarden.com I gotta say, I had a lot of fun at the Real-World Flex Seminar SYS-CON put together. Things went, for me, really smoothly. Registration, getting Internet at the booth, and hooking up with my team. Free coffee was readily available, so I was set. It's always great because at every conference, I always get to put faces to people I've known online & collaborated with for years. I also get to meet new people and hopefully leak some of my passion to them and hopefully inspire them to want to create cool a... (more)