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< head > Conference – Slides from my SWX session

As promised in my session, here are the slides (PDF link) for my talk, Working with SWX: The Native Data Format for the Flash Platform. I have included a bunch of notes on what I spoke about on each slide in an attempt to aid those who couldn't make it to the session. In addition, here are some of the resources I posted in the chat during the session:

SWX on Google Code: http://swx-format.googlecode.com
SWX on twitter (follow for updates on AS3 release): http://twitter.com/swx
My twitter account: http://twitter.com/jonmacdonald

Overall the talk went very well, and seemed to have a great response. At one point there were over 60 people in the room - so an awesome turnout! Also, the announcement of SWX for ActionScript 3 received very positive responses.

As soon as the videos from the conference are released into public domain, I'll post another update with a link to the session recording.

Thanks again to Aral and <head> Conference for having me speak!

See me speak at the < head > Conference

This Saturday, October 25th at 2pm PST, I'll be speaking at the <head> Conference on Working with SWX: The Native Data Format for the Flash Platform. Here is my session description:

In this session we'll cover the basics of SWX: what it is and what it is best used for, how systemwide simplicity benefits developers, how to use the free public gateway for integrating APIs into your mobile and web applications, and plans for the upcoming ActionScript 3 release.

If you are unfamiliar, <head> is a global web conference -- all sessions are attended online using Adobe's Acrobat Connect. There are a few local hubs scattered around the world, so you can also sign up to attend those hubs if you'd like to network, meet speakers in person, etc. Aral, the conference organizer, has arranged for an amazing line-up of speakers over three days.

Hope to see you there!

Singularity Web Conference becomes < head > Conference

Aral has announced today that that Singularity Web Conference is now called <head> Conference. Why the name change? In Aral's words:

You see, we came <head> to <head> with a company called Singularity Limited when their lawyers sent us a letter stating that they had registered Singularity as a trademark for, among other things, conferences. Although it doesn't appear that Singularity Limited currently runs any conferences, we decided to keep our <head>s and proactively change the name of the conference to <head> off a potentially lengthy, complicated, and costly legal conversation.

You can read a press release on the conference site with all of the official details, but know that nothing is changing here except for the name of the conference. The speakers (including myself) and their sessions will all still be present.

It should be noted that Aral has decided to extend the 'early bird' discount through the end of September, so you can still purchase your ticket for only $99 until September 30th.

I'll be posting more details about my session, Working with SWX: The Native Data Format for the Flash Platform, in the very near future along with updates on the Portland, Oregon local conference hub.

<head>/Singularity Conference – Portland, OR Local Hub

[Update: It has been decided that we didn't have enough interest to make the hub a reality, so we have decided to abandon a larger gathering in favor of a smaller group meeting up at a bar or similar. If you'd like to join us, comment on this post and I'll be sure to contact you with more details as they are available.]

Aral Balkan has posted information for local hubs for his upcoming Singularity Web Conference, and I've started a discussion on the Google Groups list for the local Portland, Oregon hub.

More details will be worked out in the coming weeks, but if you'd like to help out and or have any suggestions, join the conversation!

Singularity Web Conference Tickets Now On Sale

singularity web conference

Aral Balkan just launched the Singularity Web Conference website this morning, and tickets are now on sale.

I have been looking forward to attending a conference without needing to fly across the world, and when Aral first announced this close to a year ago I was excited at the possibilities. Congrats to Aral for putting in the effort for the community to make this a reality.

If anyone else in Portland, Oregon would be interested in hosting a meet-up location, it'd be great to get a group of attendees together to watch the presentations, discuss, and network. Leave a comment below or use the contact form on my portfolio site to get in touch if you know of a good venue or would like to help plan.

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