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Adobe Flex and the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) are growing faster than most other technologies in the Web 2.0 realm. Both Flex and AIR can make use of existing technologies like Ajax, PHP, Java, and Ruby on Rails to build really advanced RIAs in very little time and effort.
This session takes developers from a “Hello World” project through eight other hands-on builds ending with a standalone desktop AIR application displaying a graph of a two-dimensional array or data accessed via web services. While this sounds optimistic for three hours, it demonstrates the ease of which Flex and AIR can allow developers to become productive.
Note that while these technologies are from Adobe Systems, programmers do not need to purchase any products to use them on an ongoing basis. Free compilers and tools are available and the runtime components (such as Flash Player) are also free. The class will spend about 30% in instruction mode and the balance in hands-on development. The free tools may be downloaded from http://labs.adobe.com.
As Senior Technical Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Duane Nickull is responsible for Adobe’s messaging around Enterprise Architecture in the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services spaces plus Web 2.0. Previously Mr. Nickull co-founded Yellow Dragon Software Corporation, a privately held developer of XML messaging and metadata management software, acquired by Adobe in 2003. He previously served as CTO and President of XML Global Technologies, a publicly traded company acquired by Xenos Group in early 2003 where he co-architected several key technologies including XTRACT, an intelligence gathering and Bayesian theorem inference engine to flag persons of interest to law enforcement officials and recover stolen property.
Mr. Nickull has been called Mr. SOA by his peers during introductions to speak on the subject due to his overwhelming experience writing and contributing to the major Service Oriented Architectures (SOA’s). Between 1995 and 2008, he spoke at over 750 venues in various countries around the world.
Duane Nickull is the author of Web 2.0 Architectures .