Flash Camp Manchester 2010, part 1

Submitted by Falken on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 14:21

Adobe Systems

The two Mikes from Adobe give an overview of their current products and future plans- not much I hadn't seen at last months Scotch on the Rocks but in terms of out reach this was a great way for giant-multinational Adobe to connect with the smaller people who use and promote it.
They talked about how there has been a digital explosion across multiple devices, mostly mobile devices, and that this going to continue.

Scotch on the Rocks 2010

Submitted by Falken on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 10:18

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).

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Installing Adobe AIR on OpenSuSE using official repository

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 06/23/2010 - 14:08

All modern Linux distributions have a concept of keeping themselves up to date with an online system of 'repositories' of applications that anyone can run.
Adobe have handily set one up for their AIR runtime, and provide instructions for RPM based systems that use 'yum' (like Fedora and RedHat) and DEB based systems that use 'apt' (like Ubuntu and Debian).
Although OpenSuSE can use yum, by default it has it's own 'zypper' system, but it can use the RPM repository anyway.

Scotch on the Rocks 2010, Day 2 part 2

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:52

cloudy with a chance of caching and clustering

Mark Drew
Mark is always a popular speaker, and he started his talk with questions around what happens when your web site gets popular quickly ? As an example he used the ubiquitous country list dropdown box. Does this really need to be a query ? Obviously not (countries hardly ever change !) but does it really need the next normal solution, and Application scoped cache (or cachedWithin CFQUERY) ? You could use CFCACHE to cache the whole HTML fragment.

Scotch on the Rocks 2010, Day 1 part 3

Submitted by Falken on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 18:19

The Art of Emotional Design: A story of pleasure, joy, and delight.

Aral Balkan
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 :-)

Scotch on the Rocks 2010, Day 1 part 2

Submitted by Falken on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 18:45

A whistlestop tour of HTML5 and CSS3

Chris Mills (Opera)
I should have bumped into the speaker before now really, as he's from Manchester, but we'd never managed it :-)
Anyway, Chris started with a bit of history, namely that  HTML4 is not dead. It can't do some things like video, which is why Flash got started in the first place. One great quote was 'bullshit will HTML5 kill Flash'.

Towards a better Novell proxy login experience on Linux

Submitted by Falken on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 11:43

For a long time I've been using the excellent cl4others utility to keep my Linux desktop machine logged into the corporate Novell firewall, so that programs don't get their expected updates (etc.) turned into a HTML password request page.
The offical Novell client packages are still a nightmare to install and configure, and don't actually authenticate me for some reason anyway.