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Flash on the Beach 07 / Day 3 / Sessions and Wrap-up

"Building Red5 Applications" - Chris Allen
"Stylizing Flex Apps" - Joey Lott
"KlangFabrik" - Andre Michelle
"Touching the Future" - Richard Leggett
"Mario, Aral, and Brendan" - Mario Klingemann, Aral Balkan, and Brendan Dawes
"Algorithms to Fill Space" - Jared Tarbell

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"Building Red5 Applications" - Chris Allen

Chris and his crew at Red5Server.com have put together an open source hosted FMS replacement that is also a fully functional J2EE server. I knew what Red5 was going into this session, and I was really glad this didn't turn out to be a sales pitch for the new hosted service that is soon to be released.

Instead, Chris gave a good overview of the server and what it can be used for, and also showed some examples of the server in use. I personally would have liked to see a bit more code, but all-in-all this turned out be a worthwhile session.

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"Stylizing Flex Apps" - Joey Lott

Having read Joey's "Programming Flex 2" book from O'Reilly, I was really excited to see what he had to say about Flex when given over an hour to present. That said, having just seen Tink's session on "Flashing Flex" the day before, I was also really happy they ended up taking different paths for a similar topic.

Joey's session was great because he assumed you knew at least some Flex, and thus got right into the good stuff with some intermediate code. In fact, almost the whole session was spent looking at code.

Joey covered styling with CSS, skinning, programmatic skins, custom MXML components, and customizing the preloader. Again the majority of this was handled with code samples, so I walked away with some decent notes and a feeling that I had learned something.

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"KlangFabrik" - Andre Michelle

The only way to describe Andre is... crazy. He has done some amazing things with audio in Flash recently, and he certainly had the jam-packed room filled with sound during his session. Andre has really pushed the boundaries of sound in Flash to a new level, and I am sure we'll be seeing a lot more come from both Andre's work and those who have become inspired by him.

The best part was his demonstrations. The room had these huge 5 or 6 foot speakers on both sides of the room, and he used them to their fullest. I can't wait to see a DJ use Andre's developments to create a live performance with sound generated on the fly.

Check out http://lab.andre-michelle.com for more information on his work.

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"Touching the Future" - Richard Leggett

I can't exactly recall where, but I had heard of Richard before and thought I would check out his session to see exactly what "Touching the Future" meant.

Richard's session basically covered what he thought to be 'next generation' technologies such as matured DRM, surveillance and privacy, ubiquitous and cloud computing, among others. I'd say this was probably the least Flash-related session I went to all conference, but it was good to see what others think are the 'next big things' in the interactive space.

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"Mario, Aral, and Brendan" - Mario Klingemann, Aral Balkan, and Brendan Dawes

When another speaker canceled, Mario, Aral and Brendan stepped in to take over the empty session. Word spread really quickly and they ended up having to turn people away at the door -- and I can completely understand why. Three of the best minds in Flash from both a development and design standpoint presenting in the same session doesn't happen very often.

Each presenter took about 20 minutes and went over projects and other fun stuff they didn't get a chance to cover in their individual sessions. For Aral this meant that (with a working internet connection this time) he was able to properly demo SWX and also show some designers how easy it is to use data in Flash. Mario was able to give some of his older "The Blind Sketchmaker" lecture and cover a few new experiments he is doing with AIR, and Brendan just had some fun and showed work from the past few years and gave a bit of an inspirational design session.

I'd have to say, for a last minute presentation, this was well worth the change in my schedule.

mega session Aral Balkan

 

mega session Brendan Dawes

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"Algorithms to Fill Space" - Jared Tarbell

Jared's session made for an amazing way to close the conference. He has this amazing catalog of Flash and Processing work that I have admired for some time, so it was great to see him speak on his influences and individual pieces.

I was so amazed by the artwork that I didn't take a whole lot of notes, but Jared did make three key points: 1. Catalog your work and make it public, 2. Delay optimizations until the last minute, 3. Program something every day.

Since words won't really do Jared's wonderful work justice, here are some photos and a few videos from his session:

Jared Tarbell 01

Jared Tarbell 02

Jared Tarbell 03

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Wrap-up

It took me over a week to get my thoughts up on all three days of the conference, but my excitement level about the conference is still where it was during and immediately following the conference. Everyone at FOTB was really, truly passionate about Flash to a level I hadn't seen at any other conference. Combine that with the ability to meet others in the community from Europe that I wouldn't normally meet at a conference in the states and I'd give FOTB a 10/10.

And that doesn't even take into consideration the wonderful swag they gave away:

FOTB swag

Oh, and how could I forget Adobe's wonderful contribution: a free copy of Colin Moock's "Essential Actionscript 3.0". Everything down to the conference guide book was very well designed and had obviously been thought out.

I highly suggest you get your pass for FOTB '08 as soon as they are announced. With all the overly positive blog posts I have been reading since returning home, I have a feeling they will sell out again next year.

jonnymac blog » Flash on the Beach 2008 Schedule Posted said,

July 3, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

[…] expected, it looks like this year’s conference is going to rock as much as last year’s. An amazing line-up of speakers, a great new hotel right next to the venue, and even the ‘inspire’ […]

jonnymac blog » Flash on the Beach 2008 Schedule said,

September 25, 2008 @ 9:29 am

[…] If you’d like to see all my write-ups on last year’s FOTB conference, you can view them here: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 […]

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