Adobe and Zend Announce Collaboration

Today Adobe and Zend entered into a collaboration to bring together the flexibility, productivity and enterprise reliability of PHP and Zend Platform with the user experience benefits of the open source Flex framework. This collaboration will deliver technologies, content and services to make it easy for enterprise developers to build web applications using Flex on the client and PHP on the server.

This is great news for many in the PHP community. I know some probably wanted another PHP framework as Adobe’s first choice, but they have to start somewhere. Hopefully Adobe will be able to work more formally with the other PHP frameworks, to offer a broader choice in solutions.

(Full disclosure: My brother-in-law is the Vice President, Finance & Operations for Zend)

Quick Tip: Styling your Flex project

Rachel Luxemburg tweeted this: “Extremely cool Flash visualization app: Personas from MIT — http://personas.media.mit.edu/personasWeb.html — see yourself as the Web sees you!” 

The application is very well done, I spent some time playing with various name besides my own. But what struck me, was although the developer spent some much time with this very cool visualization, they forgot to take care of the “Flash of Flex Teal”.

For those who aren’t familiar with this ‘effect’. It is the brief display of the default Flex teal before the actual Flex application begins its initialization and rendering.

How every this effect is easily remove by add an additional parameter to the compiler argument list. To do this select Properties from the Project Menu. The following window will appear:


Choose the Compiler options from the list, then add the following arguement

-default-background-color #000000

In this case, our application will start with black instead of the default teal.

O’Reilly’s InsideRIA Summer of Flash Podcast

Adobe has been busy and this summer we have seen some changes to their Flash Platform and some new tools for working with it. In the new Summer of Flash Podcast the panel (Garth Braithwaite, Stacey Mulcahy,  Zach Stepek, and Leif Wells) will be discussing their experiences with these new tools, and how they will impact RIA developers’ workflow.

In this episode they discussed Flash Catalyst and their experiences working with it. They highlight how it has changed as it came to the public beta and what they are expecting and hoping from the final release.

Summer of Flash Podcast

$10 Thursday

Each Thursday, a selected friends of ED eBook is made available for just $10. The title below can be purchased at the discounted price for a period of 24 hours starting at 12:00am PST—that’s 8:00am in London, England; 1:30pm in Mumbai, India; 7:00pm in Sydney, Australia—wherever you are in the world, be sure to check back every Thursday and see which title is on offer!

Book CoverToday’s deal is Foundation ActionScript 3.0 with Flash CS3 and Flex By Sean McSharry, Steve Webster, Todd Yard. This book covers all the essential techniques from the ground up, allowing you to get up and running quickly and easily. Starting with the fundamentals, you’ll learn about using ActionScript objects, manipulating sound and video, and harnessing the power of regular expressions and XML.

The book concludes with two case studies to consolidate what you’ve learned and to introduce some more advanced techniques. This will give you a good grounding in the new and exciting world of ActionScript 3.0 and show you how it all fits together in larger applications, allowing you to go on and build your own professional sites.

Flash Catalyst Beta now available

fcAdobe has just posted the beta of Flash Catalyst on the Adobe Labs site. In addition, a beta of the renamed Flash Builder 4 (Flex Builder).


Make sure you attend the San Diego Flash User Group’s meeting this Wednesday to get an inside look at them. More information on the event can be found at sdfug.org.