David Flatley


IMG_1610I’ve been a programmer for many moons (about 13 yrs now).  I founded PXL Designs, LLC in December ’06 and have been going at it full time on my own since then. I quickly found out I was spoiled during the Internet-boom, I missed the days of nerf gun fights and wearing shorts to work, so I decided it was time to strike out on my own and be adventurous.

Currently, I’m enrolled at Old Dominion University to finish my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science ~ go Monarchs! I’m an Adobe Certified Expert in Flex 4, as well as a Flex Community Champion. I’ve written articles and sample Flex applications for the Adobe Developer Connection, and Zend Developer sites. For me, programming is what I love to do, so I’m fortunate to have made a career and started a business in a field that interests me.

I’ve spent most of my career as a programmer/independent contractor in the NJ/NYC metro area and made a break for it to see what it was like to be a business owner and run the show on my own. I’ve worked for many Fortune 500 companies as well as small start-ups, and have mostly specialized in the Flash Player arena with server-side connectivity. Other technologies I work with include PHP, Java, SQL, and C#, and most recently iOS and Android mobile platforms. Over a decade long career I’ve always focused on the Flash Player because it was too much fun to work with and the developer community is smart and innovative.

You’ll find a few of my contributions to the Flex community out on the internets, like the PXL MP3 Player built in Flex 3.0, the source code (written on the Cairngorm 2.2 framework) can be found here on PXL Blog.

With the help of my colleague Holly Schinsky we wrote Attest, the Adobe Flex 4 ACE practice exam, which has gained an awesome reputation for helping developers pass the real exam with high scores.

You can find some good Flex/AS3/AIR code and info here as well as some good laughs, complete nonsense, and late night ramblings as advertised.

When I’m not coding, I’m playing guitar (real guitar, not Guitar Hero, which I stink at), reading, writing, drawing, building something with my hands, grilling, playing with the dog, mountain biking, or getting frustrated with the PS3.

Below is a list of articles and samples I’ve written or worked on recently:

  1. Using Flex Ant Tasks to build Flex projects – Part 1
  2. Using Flex Ant tasks to build Flex projects – Part 2:
  3. Connecting Flex 4 and RESTful Web Services using Zend Framework
  4. Spark intranet sample application
  5. Tour de Flex
  6. DigiPri Widgets sample application

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