At Dreamforce 2008, Salesforce.com’s annual conference, I co-presented a session about integrating Adobe AIR and Flex with Force.com. A recording of that presentation is now available. Let me know what you think.
Tomorrow at 3:30 at Adobe MAX 2008 there will be a session on building rich Internet applications in the cloud using Salesforce and Adobe Flex. They will even be giving away a new Macbook! The combination of Flex and Force.com (the platform side of Salesforce) is a fantastic way to build RIAs in the cloud. If you are at MAX this is a session not to miss!
I’m here at day one of Dreamforce 2008, Salesforce.com’s annual conference. During Marc Benioff’s keynote they announced the new Force.com Sites technology for Salesforce hosted websites which can integrate with Salesforce data. At the end of the keynote Marc brought out Neil Young to talk about LincVolt, an open community for converting gasoline based cars to electric / compressed natural gas cars. It’s a very cool project but what I was really excited about was their use of Flex on the Force.com Sites powered LincVolt website. Here is a camera phone picture of the keynote (notice the sexy Flex chart at the bottom – which you can also see by going to the site).
Very cool stuff!
Walking around the expo floor I’m seeing a ton of Flex. I’m trying to get it all on video. So keep watching here for more details on what people are doing with Salesforce and Flex.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that I’ll be at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference next week in San Francisco. On Tuesday I’ll be co-presenting a session on using Adobe AIR and Flex with Force.com. The rest of the time I’ll probably be in the developer lounge hacking on Flex code. Stop by and say hello!
Over the next few months I’ll be going around the world (literally) speaking about Flex and Adobe AIR. Here’s a quick rundown on where I’ll be:
Wednesday March 25 in Las Vegas: TheServerSide Java Symposium – Co-presenting with Eddie O’Neil from BEA
Thursday March 26 in Philadelphia: Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise – Porting from Web 1.0 to RIA in the Enterprise
Thursday April 3 in Bangalore, India: Adobe RIA Architect Summit 2008 – Best Practices for Building Flex/AIR applications
Tuesday April 15 in Atlanta: BEA Dev2Dev TechDays – Developing a Rich UI with Flex in Eclipse & Connecting a Flex UI to the back-end SOA (The Dev2Dev Tour is also going around the world with many other great Adobe speakers.)
Wednesday April 16 in New York: Salesforce.com’s Tour de Force (Also going around the world with other Adobe speakers.)
May 6 – 9 in San Francisco: JavaOne – On Wednesday Chet Haase and I will be doing a late afternoon session at the Metreon followed by drinks and pool at Julian’s. Also you won’t want to miss Stephan Janssen’s presentation “Parleys.com: An Adobe Flex/AIR and JavaFX™ Case Study”
June 25 in Zurich, Switzerland: Jazoon 08 – Rich Internet Applications with Flex and Java
There are also a number of other great events going on that other Adobe people will be speaking at, but unfortunately I couldn’t fit into my schedule:
360|Flex Europe April 7-9, 2008 in Milan, Italy
I hope to see you somewhere along the way!
The news of the launch is everywhere but I wanted to point out a few of the most exciting things related to this launch.
The Flex SDK and BlazeDS are now officially open source.
Salesforce.com and Adobe have launched the Force.com Toolkit for Adobe AIR and Flex.
Not really related to the launch but also very exciting – Chet Haase, Java Swing guru and co-author of Filthy Rich Clients has joined the Flex engineering team.
This launch is the biggest RIA launch ever! I can’t wait to see what you build with these awesome technologies!
For more information on the new toolkit check out a tutorial I wrote on how to use it. Also visit the new Salesforce page on the Adobe Developer Connection.
It was very impressive seeing all of the amazing applications that were built with the original toolkit. I can’t wait to see what you build with this new toolkit. Let us know how it goes!
While I was at Dreamforce this year I had the chance to do a video interview with Peter Coffee from Salesforce.com. In this interview we discussed the industry momentum behind RIAs in enterprise software and how Flex, Adobe AIR, and Force.com are being combined to deliver much better user experiences in business applications. The recorded interview is below. You can also find the original post on Peter Coffee’s blog.
A few weeks ago I was able to participate in a Chalk Talk with Salesforce.com and StakeWare. The session focused on how Rich Internet Applications, Flex, and Adobe AIR relate to the Force.com platform. With this combination of technologies companies like StakeWare can quickly build business applications that have rich user interfaces that work the same across browsers and operating systems.