Apache FLEX processing sketches

I did these Processing sketches while I was working the final 360 Flex conference back in May 2012.  A certain person who I will call Wilkero said I would win some software if I submitted something to the logo contest.  All I won was unlimited bottled water while working the volunteer table.  It was a good conference.

So here you go Flexers.  Hope somebody likes these.









#360flexlogo ideas

Hey John,

I threw together a few ideas for the Apache Flex Lightroom logo contest.

Do it Dot.  #360flexlogo

I spoke about HTML5, and left out some notes

Tonight I spoke about the state of HTML5 and my thoughts about it’s future.  The overall message of the talk was to think of HTML5 as a tool rather than a Flash killer.  In time, HTML5 is expected to advance to a point where we can deliver “flash like” audio, video, and application experiences on any device with an HTML5 compliant browser.  Similar to XML when it gave us a common format to exchange data between different computer systems in 2000, HTML5 may be that tool to connect us across all devices.

In the now there is a great deal of energy by the major browser makers to implement HTML5.  However, it really feels like only the fun stuff is here right now ( audio, video, canvas ).  Chrome and Opera have plenty more impressive features, but it’s going to be be a while until HTML5 is that magical ubiquitous platform.  With all the major browsers getting monthly ( and sometimes semi-monthly ) updates, HTML5 is more than just all the rage.  It’s actually getting built!

And here are some of the notes that didn’t make it into the presentation, and information on the demos that did.



360 Flex, HTML5, Adobe AIR, and a bathrobe

I’m happy to share my 360 Flex presentation on HTML5 and Adobe AIR.  This is a topic I have a renewed interest in after Steve Jobs decided to start a war against Adobe’s Flash player.  Also, my very first major HTML5 project endlessmural.com was launched the week before 360 Flex.

Despite the title of this presentation, I didn’t put this together to bash HTML5 or Apple.  Steve Jobs fired me up when he declared Flash dead, and I realized it’s time to start having the “technology is a tool” conversation again.
Bottom line, know your problem so you can pick the appropriate tool for the job.  That tool might be HTML, it might be the Flash Platform, or it may be Lego blocks.  Chances are your target customer doesn’t care.
If you have any interest in the sample AIR applications I demoed, just drop me a line, comment, email, tweet, smoke signal, or carrier pigeon.


View more presentations from Eric Fickes.
BTW, I gave this preso wearing a bathrobe.
I like to be comfy when I speak
* this was posted from the backseat of @thecompilers mini van while driving home from 360 Flex. We’re currently heading west on I70 ( Go go Sprint 4G! )

I am going to 360 Flex DC, and so should you

I’m happy to announce I received my Golden Ticket to speak at the next 360 Flex conference in Washington DC.  The conference will be held at the Hilton DC North Gaithersburg, September 19 – 22, 2010.

I am speaking at 360 Flex DCI’m going to 360 Flex DC, and so should you

I spoke at the last 360|Flex in San Jose, but I’m already more excited for the DC conference, and here’s why.

  1. I’m speaking about the most exciting part of the Flash Platform, AIR2
  2. Jesse vs. Jesse ( Flash vs Flex throwdown )
  3. It’s in Washington DC
  4. My band The Compilers will be giving a lunch talk, as well as playing live at one of the parties
  5. There is talk of Duanne Nickull’s band 22nd Century playing ( hopefully Sean ‘the flex guy’ too )
  6. Doug McCune is giving the opening Keynote speech on Monday
  7. I get to hang out with the Flex community

If you haven’t been to a 360 Flex conference yet I highly recommend it.  If you still need help deciding, here are a few conference questions for you.

  1. Do you currently work with or have any interest in Adobe Flex?
  2. Have you attended a 360 Flex conference yet?
  3. Do you want to meet the community loudmouths you’re already following on Twitter?
  4. Have you seen who is speaking at 360 Flex DC?
  5. Have you ever heard The Compilers play live?
  6. Are you still reading this blog post?

The last 360 Flex I spoke at was in San Jose and it rocked.  The city of San Jose bored me to tears, but I felt like I was living inside my twitter feed for three days.  My presentation was on the final day of 360 Flex, so I spent most of the conference preparing, and sitting in a few sessions here and there.  I spent almost half of my time in San Jose working and still met 10-15 of my twitter buddies, not to mention all the new contacts I met.  In a nutshell, if you attend a 360 Flex conference, you will meet the community.  In fact, you’d have to try pretty hard to not meet the Flex community.

If this sounds up your alley, go ahead and register to take advantage of the early adopter ticket price of $450.  I’m not sure when the ticket price will go up to $599, but I know it will so act fast.  If you make it to DC, be sure to find me and introduce yourself.  I promise it will be a good time.

360|Flex Washington D.C. Sept.19-22

Early adopter price $450

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