I haven’t talked much about Flash technology on my blog, but we use quite a bit of Flash/Flex for developing enterprise apps at my day job. With the Open Screen Project from Adobe making Flash available on mobile and embedded devices, Flash has become a viable cross-platform toolkit fulfilling a lot of what I hoped JavaFX Mobile would become.
Yesterday at Silicon Valley Code Camp I did a talk on Flash Android development to a packed room. About half the audience were Flash/Flex users, with a smaller, but very vocal, contingent of Android developers. The goal of the talk was to help get folks off the ground with Flash Mobile development using the Android SDK in combination with Flash CS5 or Flash Builder 4.
The examples for the talk came from the upcoming Pro Android Flash book that I am writing for Apress together with Oswald Campesato and Dean Iverson. This book will be coming out around Spring 2011, but there is already quite a lot of good content that we have finished. The responses I got from attendees of the talk were extremely positive, but check out the presentation and see for yourself:
As I continue working on the book, I plan to increase the coverage on Flash and Flex Mobile in this blog. It is a slight shift, but consistent with my philosophy around promoting rich client technologies, and won’t decrease my focus on JavaFX. Hopefully you find some value in this as a technology that integrates well with Java and opens up some new mobile deployment capabilities.