FITC 2006 Notes

The FITC Design and Technology Festival held every year in Toronto just gets better and better. This year I couldn't attend the entire festival because of a cold. However, being sick meant I was home from work with the time to think and write about what I had heard. The result is this rambling compilation of FITC 2006 Notes and some thoughts about the Future of the Flash Platform.

-Brian

 

Flash in the Can/FITC 2005 Notes

FITC is a Design and Technology Festival held every year in Toronto. This year the festival listed 89 speakers and a similar number of keynotes, performances, technical and business presentations, and technical workshops. These are an abbreviated compilation of my FITC notes and a summary of some of what I took away from the event.

-Brian

 

Programming Flash Communication Server is available from O'Reilly

I'm happy to announce that Programming Flash Communication Server is now shipping from O'Reilly and Amazon.com and will be available elsewhere soon. O'Reilly began shipping the book February 24/05. O'Reilly's press release is also available.

-Brian

 

Max Sneak Peek - The next version of FlashCom

Yes, there will be another release of the Flash Communication Server. Chris Hock and Srinivas Manapragada provided a sneak peek of what they are working on in Macromedia's development labs. There are lots of good things in the areas of streaming media and server integration. If you were hoping for screen sharing you may be disappointed. Here's my summary of the session, some questions and comments, and some clarifications from Srinivas Manapragada.

-Brian

 

Teaching Programming for Multimedia Production at Ryerson

This year I am fortunate to have the opportunity to teach the course I enjoy teaching most. It's called Programming for Multimedia Production and is offered by the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. This year I'm doing the course in Flash and making use of both Flash Remoting and Flash Communication Server. I'm posting the course notes, projects, and labs as I develop them at a publicly accessible URL as I thought they might be of interest to some people outside the course:

https://my.ryerson.ca/bbcswebdav/users/blesser/Flash/FPN537/index.html

I plan to cover using the v2 GUI components, Flash Remoting, creating simple games, and using FlashCom.

-Brian

 

Speaking at Flash in the Can 2004

The Flash in the Can festival gets better every year. This year's festival includes a wonderful array of speakers, awards show, the iron flash competition, and a special workshop by Grant Skinner. If you are at all interested in developing with the Flash Communication Server the festival is a great place to pick up ideas. There are a number of FCS related presentations including my own on Designing Realtime Applications....

-Brian