Thursday, August 25, 2011

A FREE Adobe Flex/AIR Mobile Code Camp

In advance of Adobe MAX 2011 - Monday, September 26, 2011, 9:00 AM in Vancouver, BC

500 Granville StreetVancouverBC (map)

Rooms 1200-1500 on Main Floor
Adobe Sr. Technical Evangelist Duane Nickull will lead a FREE full-day hands-on development class to teach all attendees how to build mobile applications that run on iOS, BlackBerry Playbook Tablet OS and all Android 2.2 or later devices.  This course is meant to be taken hands-on, code-camp style with your own computer.  
What you will learn:
- how to set up your mobile development environment on your own computer (a preparation guide will be sent out in advance)
- how mobile applications are architected and run in cross-platform scenarios
And then nothing but coding!!
Learn how to create mobile applications to target iOS, Android, and BlackBerry PlayBook operating systems via hands-on development. Topics will include architecture of portable code (code that runs on more than one platform); setting up your mobile application project; using and sharing data between views; accessing and using smartphone and tablet features such as cameras, microphones, and accelerometers; native application integration; file system browsing and storage; graphics and layout; deploying to your devices; and more.

You will also learn how to install and use the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP), a services (OSGi) platform written in Java, and how to connect to it to build enterprise class applications.
When you leave this session, you will be immersed in knowledge and have the ability to create your own mobile applications for your company or new startup.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Adobe MAX 2011 - Rock and Roll!

In case you've been hiding under a rock for the past decade, you should know that Adobe MAX 2011 is going to be the best tech event of the year. This year, Adobe MAX 2011 will be held at the Los Angeles, CA convention Center for the third straight year. I will be on hand to present tons of new materials, concentrating on only hands-on code camps with Bring-your-own-computer sessions.

The first one I want to tell you about is the 480-minute long session  PB1300 - 
Deploying cross-vendor, cross-OS mobile applications with Adobe AIR

The description of this session is not really on track but here is what you will learn in this full day lab session.  The title should be Developing cross-OS mobile applications with Adobe Flash Builder, Flex, AIR, and ADEP.

- Setting up your development environment.  Note that we will send out a full preparation guide in advance that will explain how to set up Flash Builder with the new Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP) and the plugins and tweaks to build applications for BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS, all Android devices, and iOS.

Rather than the session title of "Deploying", at Adobe MAX 2011 you will be "Building".  This means a full day of hands-on coding with two instructors (myself and Garth Braithwaite) as well as some great TAs such as Matt MacKenzie and Stacy Young who we hope to entice into teaching some of their expertise.

In this MAX 2011 lab you'll get up and running building mobile applications with Adobe Flash Builder, using both the Flex Framework and Adobe AIR. The lab will focus on the smartphone form factor, so bring your devices. We'll do an introduction to AIR for mobile and then dive into the Flex Framework to see how it makes building standalone applications easy. You'll learn how to use native device features like the camera or the accelerometer plus how to create and manage views, data, and layout within your application. You'll also get a hands-on look at how to debug, optimize, and deploy to devices using Flash Builder and connect to remote services from ADEP.

This special Adobe MAX 2011 preconference session is only run once on Sunday 9:00 to 5:00 PM!