Mostly for my own reference.
Agile User Experience
After talking about how Agile is a state of mind, not a methodology, it was shown that the problem is making time to do a proper job of the user experience, in a rapid Agile world with shorten time scales compared to the discredited waterfall type model.
Because agile encourages teamwork and cross discipline working, this close working benefits everyone.
The latest Flash Camp event was held in Manchester last week, and was a day-long series of talks designed to inspire Flash and RIA developers - a 'taster' as we were told during the brief warm up.
Right off the bat everyone who went got a bunch of awesome freebies, from Thermos mugs to Adobe Rubik cubes, full copies of the FDT ActionScript IDE and a free film from the blinkbox streaming site; fairly awesome for a free event.
Here's a handy list of all my posts about the Scotch on the Rocks ColdFusion/Flex web developer conference.
Day 1: Parts [node:1606, title="one"], [node:1607, title="two"] and [node:1608, title="three"]
Day 2: Part [node:1609, title="one"] and [node:1610, title="two"]
See you all next year at the top secret location next year !
(It's been announced by now, but everyone there got a sneak heads up and a chance to buy tickets earlier than anyone else).
The Art of Emotional Design: A story of pleasure, joy, and delight.
Aral was a really engaging User Experience speaker who kicked of by talking about the always-current "Technology X is dead" conversation ; that conversation itself is dead. Cobol isn't dead. Adobe ColdFusion might be gone, but ColdFusion the language is a commodity - Railo proves this.
Skills are more important, as its your time you use :-)
I'm always saying how good the Mylyn plugin for Eclipse is, in keeping the UI focused on the task at hand.
Because it integrates with your issue tracker, the trackers reports can be used if you want a summary of what you did, or what's still left to do.
But what if you aren't using an issue tracker in Mylyn, just the 'local' repository, thus getting a lot of the benefits without needing to set up anything else ? How do you get the reports then ?
Keynote - Adobe
Many awards - great media coverage too
talks up Gartner review saying that CF use should be expanded, was previously 'contain' and don't use for new projects.
Evans Data Corporation's developer poll - numbers flat in '04 and '05, up tick '06 to over 600k, steady increase till '07, then CF8 comes out in '08 and now over 778k developers. Tripling in 3 years ! ColdFusion is not dead :-)
The new Adobe Forums launched recently, and there are a few gotchas to using them:
You can't start a new thread using email, so you are forced to use their web site.
You can't use the plain text option on the web site, because line breaks are eaten when you post.
You also can't use the rich text editor on their web site if you need to spell checker your posting (and everyone should !).