Monday, July 26, 2010

State Transitions in Flex 4 for Intuitive UIs has posted another article from my book Flex 4 Fun. Check out State Transitions in Flex 4 for Intuitive UIs for an overview of using transitions to animate changes between states in Flex 4.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yes We Candroid

In case anyone's wondering when the next Flex CodeDependent video/demo is coming, the answer is... probably not anytime soon.
After a fun and productive Flex 4 release, I decided to get small; the time had come for me to do some mobile development. In particular, I wanted to work on Android. So a few weeks ago, I joined Google to work on the Android SDK. For starters, I'm working on animation support (surprise, surprise), but I'm sure I'll end up tinkering throughout the UI toolkit and graphics layers. You know, the fun stuff.
By the way, if you want to know more about this personal career decision, I'll try to answer all of your possible questions here, in no particular order:
  • Flex is awesome, Flex 4 is even better. Honestly, I wouldn't have wasted the last year's worth of weekends and evenings writing Flex 4 Fun if I wasn't totally jazzed about Flex 4 as a great client platform.
  • Yes, but only on Tuesdays.
  • The coffee is better.
  • Of course the comedy at will continue! I'm not dead yet!
  • No
  • Maybe, eventually
  • Blue
  • Dental floss
Adobe's doing great things with Flash on Android and Flex on Android. But that's not what I'm doing here at Google, so I won't be posting much new Flex/Flash content here (although I still plan on doing some book-related articles and conference/user-group presentations). It's that finite-time thing - I'm going to be pretty busy just working on what I need to do for Android. I don't know if you've heard, but there's a lot of these devices out there these days; that's a lot of users that need even more awesome UI toolkit software...
For anyone interested in Android development, or in UI/graphics/animation development in general, stay tuned to this blog: I plan to post content here about all of that kind of stuff.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Flex 4 Fun: Real Soon Now

How credible would a software book be that didn't slip the schedule? That would be like sugarless dessert, or nonfat bacon, or an effective politician; it's just not believable.

So in keeping with the tradition of all software since 1954 (the original launch date of Windows Vista), Flex 4 Fun is hereby slipping its schedule.

But not by much.

The original goal was to have the hardcopy printed and available in early August. Failing the invention of a time machine, that's not going to happen. However, the book is actually done, at least from my perspective. In fact, the content that's been in the PrePrint copy for weeks is nearly final itself. The editing phase found many little things to clean up (it always amazes me how many times I can edit my writing and still find errors. It's as if I'm human) and resulted in some amount of reorganization. But most of the recent changes have just been about finalizing the layout in order to get it to the printer.

I don't have a final date yet, but I'm thinking it's sometime in September, just a few weeks after it's sent to the printer... which the publisher assures me is just about to happen.

In the meantime, check it out online or do like I do; wait impatiently and completely ineffectively.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Graphics in Flex 3 and Flex 4 has posted another article from my book Flex 4 Fun. Check out Graphics in Flex 3 and Flex 4 for a comparison of drawing shapes in Flex 3 code versus using the new graphics classes and tags in Flex 4.