For whatever reason, my personal blog has much more traffic than PXL Blog. Maybe it’s the crazy YouTube videos? Or the shameless ramblings during the wee hours fixing bugs? Whatever the case may be, I figured I’d blog twice about Attest 3 being released today. If there’s anything I like more than writing a blog post about something cool, it’s writing two blog posts about said cool thing
You can read the full stats on Attest at the PXL Blog. Go and download Attest 3, get certified, make fun of your iPhone dev buddies when you’re pumping out AIR for Android apps 10 times faster, collect your million dollar yearly salary (alright maybe that’s a stretch?), rinse and repeat for Flex 5 we’ll leave the light on for you.
Enjoy! P.S. More fun to come later in the week I have to say, it was kind of cool that Attest leaked out a little earlier than planned – ha! I’ll show you why soon.
Ok so it takes me a while to catch up on the blogging. MAX is over and the secrets are out. One thing I was particularly happy about was the new Shibuya Beta program, where Flex developers could incorporate Adobe’s licensing framework and start selling AIR apps.
My colleague Holly Schinsky and I were invited to be part of the super early beta program before MAX, which was extremely cool. This is huge for AIR developers because we now have a fully supported means of monetizing our applications. In the early days of Apollo (AIR’s beta name) I had come up with the idea for Attest (mock exam software for Adobe’s Flex certification) while studying myself. There was nothing on the market and I had compiled heaps of data while studying, so I thought it would make for a nice side project.
Where have I been again? I don’t remember sometimes…oh wait, working constantly! Inundated with work and slacking off on the blogging again. I was at CF United, and that was very cool. Learned heaps, caught up with old friends, drank beer, learned more, played golf, drank more beer, and so on.
Besides that, I’ve just been insanely busy (what’s new) pitching gigs, winning some, losing some, running away fast from others, and working secretly on Attest in the wee hours on top of everything else. Check out the PXL Blog for more (much much more soon), even if you’re not looking to get Flex certified or not interested in Attest, you’ll be very interested in some of the Adobe MAX goodness next week – mwahahha! Shhh, say no more…say no more, wink wink, nudge nudge, does she go aye?
On top of that, I’ve been updating MezzyShredder.com with new content, many a late night. He joined a new band, formerly called LOCKJAW, currently called War Horse. I defy even Yngwie Malmsteen to play faster or better than this man
Ok that’s an excuse, but a good one! I finally bought myself a Fender FSR Highway One Stratocaster HSS
made in the USA of course Needless to say, I got NO work done the rest of the day…well no RIA work anyway. Man this is one sexy guitar!
Sorry, I had to share my euphoria though. With this thing in the office, I’ll have a hard time getting any work done. Anyway, I’ve been working my rump off on a bunch of different things but mostly I’ve been cranking on Attest 1.5. It’s built in Adobe AIR (see PXL blog for the full scoop). This is current being tweaked and tested, and will be available shortly. The coolest news is that it’s free for non-commerical use. If you want to get certified in Flex 3/AIR, you’ll want to download this AIR app when it’s finally released. I’ve taken a way longer time getting it out than I had originally planned on, but with my work load, and being a one man show so far, it’s been tough.
A very cool idea, turn off your lights for one hour and save tons of electricity for your city, help the environment, and make a statement. For those who haven’t heard, Earth Hour started in Sydney Australia in March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour, and last night millions of Americans and countless other countries joined in. Very cool!
I decided that PXL Designs, LLC certainly must go green. Last night between 8-9pm I turned everything off and camped out in the living room with the acoustic guitar and had a sort of dimly lit party by candle light. It’s a small price to pay to make such a huge difference, and the coolest part is showing the big corporations that the PEOPLE on this planet don’t like the silliness going on. Grass roots movements are extremely cool! Big cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix and San Francisco joined in last night to make a statement. Not surprisingly, my old stomping grounds, NYC didn’t sign up, but I tend to think that has more to do with Mr. Bloomberg than the citizens of NY. Most of them that I know would and have joined in, but Bloomies wouldn’t want you to turn off his wonderful tv channel lest you be awakened from your hypno-stock exchange induced trance for a while and slip out of his control. Ha, just joshing ya Mike…..ya basti’d
And costing me time and money I might add. It’s a good thing I came across this article online the other day. It seems that ole Bill and his pals at Microsoftunfurled their latest monkey patch for Vista in the form of Service Pack 1. Nothing new here, no big deal, but for me it was a big deal
My software, Attest, the Adobe Flex 2 Certified Developer practice exam happens to use it’s copy protection from a company that just so happens to be one of the very few on a list of other companies who’s software is affected by this update. Most of the other companies directly affected by SP1 are primarily made up of anti-virus, internet security, and anti-spyware manufacturers…….you know, no big deal. Who cares for that kind of software anyway, not Bill!
So as you can see, Bill releases monkey patch for Vista, that makes certain software programs explode that otherwise worked great, so those companies release updates for their products and “stuff” rolls downhill…….good thing I noticed that my software would be mangled and created an update, or I may have been hit with a ton of support issues without knowing that Bill decided to revamp his OS yet again.
How cool is that? I was taking a break from running around like a nut all day between Flex and running errands when I saw a box on my front porch. Hmmm, I didn’t order anything, but none the less, I was surprised and very honored when I opened up the box and saw that I was joining the ranks of the Flex Developer Community Champions!
I’ve been so busy this last two weeks or so that I slacked off on the blog posts for a bit, but I did see on MXNA that Sean Moore, and Chad Udell posted they got the same package in the mail. Congratulations guys!
It’s definitely an honor to receive the recognition and join the team. Many thanks to Suzanne Nguyen and the team at Adobe! I remember trying to explain what Flex was to fellow developers back in 2006 when I was a Flash consultant, and it’s awesome to see it develop and grow and gain in popularity the same way I watched Flash grow since it’s infancy. The coolest part is that there is such a strong community that started out not too far back, and I’m seeing it grow faster every day. More and more companies and developers are catching on about Flex and joining up on FlexCoders, checking out Flex.org for info. I remember when there were but 4-5 components up on the Adobe Flex Exchange and now it’s filling up with heaps of cool stuff donated by the community.
It’s that time of year again. For my company, PXL Designs, it’s been it’s first full year of existence and that means….what else? Time to reconcile with Uncle Sam. I spent the day searching through QuickBooks and disemboweling the file cabinet for obscure receipts, check stubs, and other various forms of paper remnants of a year’s worth of holding a company together.
If you’re like me, your file cabinet is jammed packed with carefully placed papers that are sorted in a completely illogical manner and that never occurred to you until the day you find yourself sifting through the hours of papercuts trying to decipher your own system. If I’m not far off, I may have come across some additions to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Anything is possible in my cabinet.
Another voice for Adobe Flex and RIA Technologies
Thank you thank you! It’s good to be here. I finally got the cooler blog aggregated on MXNA. It’s been a bit slow trying to get listed, probably due to the holiday season but I’m here at last.
For those who don’t know, I’m the same guy who runs PXL Blog. The reason for this blog is 1. WordPress is much cooler than Nucleus CMS in my opinion, 2. I get to yak about other things in life than Adobe Flex, Flash, AIR, and other technologies, although you will find many code samples here.
Here are some of the better tutorials for Adobe Flex that I submitted for the Flex CookBook, and some Adobe AIR info:
- Creating a Center Registration Point in Adobe Flex
- Programmatic Button Skins in Adobe Flex
- Adobe AIR Beta 3 Descriptor File Porting
It’s brighter than before. I have to admit, I got tired of the old black and gray, overdone “Flash” look. I originally banged the old site out quickly when PXL first started, and I guess I was just still caught up in the old “Ultra Shock.com” look with the metal, the overkill. By the way, what happened to UltraShock.com? Says version 2 is coming, but what did you people do with V1 in the meantime? Did you drop it or something? If it’s broken, give me a call, I’ll toss a little Flex in there for you.
I still remember the good old days when they had the Flash robot chat and we’d “research” new Flash techniques for hours at work by making the little bots run around and write profanities at others in the room. All just for plops and giggles of course.
So the new PXL Designs is cleaner and will make you feel like you’re bathing in sunlight, and just itching to buy yourself a brand new rich internet app. Well that’s the hope. But seriously, having the old site completely done in Flex isn’t cool for the search engines. Not that I wasn’t aware of that, but with the speed of developing in Flex, it was the preferred method for the first version. I have to admit, the Adobe Partner logo looks better on white too
There y’ar now. How’s that?