Philadelphia Flash Platform Meeting

Last night I attended the Philadelphia Flash Platform Adobe User Group meeting on Flex/Flash Large Scale Applications, presented by Arpit Mathur, Lead Software Engineer of Comcast Interactive Media. Phil Duba already did an extensive writeup on the meeting so I won't do that here. I will say I left the meeting wanting to do some Flash development!

At one point in my career I was deep into Flash and AS2 development, building a Breeze like presentation application on top of Flash Communication Server. In fact it was my work with ActionScript that really got me interested in OO development. (Robert Penner's Programming Macromedia Flash MX definitely had a big influenced on me at the time.) Hearing all the talk about AS3 got me thinking about how much fun Flash development can be. I'm hoping I get a chance to play with ActionScript again sometime in near future. Who knows, if I ever try to pick up Flex as I've been threatening to do for the past several months, it may happen.

cfObjective Review

Nice hotel, great sessions, even better people... I'm definitely going to try to make it back next year.

Since I've seen detailed post for most of the sessions I attended I won't try to do that here. I am going to list out the sessions I attended and try to pull out the key fact or impression I took away from each.

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Fun Night In Philly

Tonight was a pretty fun night for me here in Philly. It started out with the Philly CFUG Meeting where I got to hear Adam Lehman talk about building Flex applications with ColdFusion. It was a great presentation especially for those who, like me, haven't taken a look at Flex 2 yet. After seeing this talk Flex is definitely on my list of things to check out soon.

After the CFUG meeting my wife and I were off to the Electric Factory to see the Shins play. This was my first time to the Electric Factory -- in fact this was the first show I've been to in Philly. The Shins were pretty good, and the Electric Factory was OK. I've seen better Shins shows and the venue was a little big for my taste, but it was still a blast.

At the end of the night I ended up with a cool Adobe Flex 2.0 t-shirt which I won in a drawing at the CFUG meeting and my daughter ended up with a very cool Shins onesie which my wife and I bought for her at the show. (This was the first show my wife and I have been to since our daughter was born so when we saw the onesies there was no we were going home without one.)

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