Dreamweaver CS4 introduced a number of changes, not the least of which was how they beefed up the Spry tools. Some of my favorite new features are Live View, Live Code View and the introduction of HTML as a data source. I recently led a workshop at TechEd09 on Dreamweaver and Spry. I dusted off chapter 9 (the Spry chapter) from Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 with ASP, ColdFusion, and PHP: Training from the Source to incorporate the changes in CS4. The new chapter and the exercise files can be found on the book’s download page. Enjoy!
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FREE Adobe(r) ColdFusion and Adobe Flex(tm) Training to be held on the IU Bloomington Campus – on September 6 and 7, 2008
Get ready to learn two hot web technologies at the 2nd annual BFlex conference on Indiana University’s scenic Bloomington campus. This FREE event, hosted at the Kelley School of Business Graduate & Executive Education Center, will be led by Adobe certified instructors and features hands-on training on Adobe ColdFusion and Flex. Tracks for beginners, intermediate, and advanced users provide something for everyone.
The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Kelley School of Business Graduate and Executive Education Center. Lunch will be provided. The training is limited to 200 participants and advance registration is required. Visit http://bflex.info for more information on tracks, registration, and travel. We hope to see you there!
BFusion / BFlex 2008 is brought to you by:
IU MultiMedia User Group (http://iummug.indiana.edu/)
IU Flash User Group (http://www.indiana.edu/~iufug/)
Bloomington Flex User Group (http://www.bfug.org/)
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I have not had time to look at the new Fireworks and Soundbooth versions, but I’ve been playing a lot with the new Dreamweaver. There is a lot there to like for both designers and developers. As a developer I particularly like the fact that when you open a file it pulls in all of the related/included files. One long-time request they are delivering on is Subversion integration. If you’ve been working with Spry and groaned when you had to generate your data as XML or JSON, you’ll be thrilled to learn you can now generate data sets from HTML tables. Very slick.
One quick warning about these betas. You should note when you check the box to agree to the terms of the download that it will open some text indicating that you have to have an appropriate license to a CS3 product (requirement varies according to which one you are downloading) in order to get a CS4 beta license key, otherwise your playtime with the product is limited to a 2-day grace period. But heck, even if you don’t have the CS3 license, download them and play with them just for the fun of it!
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OK, so when I twittered about posting my video tribute to Ed Sullivan I got a little flack from Brian Rinaldi. First he didn’t know I had a blog. Can’t blame him. Next he commented on the, um, amount of activity on it. Fair enough. I’ve been, uh, busy. Yeah, that’s it. I’ve been busy.
Actually it really boils down to two things. First, I have simply not gotten into the mindset. It’s not a habit. I can’t say that will change immediately, but I’m working on it. Second, and this is closely tied to the first, is that I don’t know how much I have to share that will add to the public discourse. When it comes to technology there are just so many people who are so much better at what I do than I am. I read there stuff to try to learn and improve. My role is more that of an evangelist and facilitator. I try to have a higher-level view of many things, understand how they work together and then introduce people to those solutions when I consult on their business problems. Whether my experience in this area adds value to the public discourse remains to be seen.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE to code. I love to play with new technologies. I just have trouble finding the time to do it. I am trying to shed some outside projects and do a bit more learning. That is my professional resolution for 2008. My new boss seems to want me to be more of a code monkey than a manager. This may actually help facilitate my resolution. We’ll see.
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OK, now that I’ve got the book and a number of events behind me and can take a second to add more to the site. In the past three weeks I’ve helped put on BFlex, a full-day hands-on Flex coding event; launch two new websites for work [GAP and ISGP] and moderated the closing panel at our Statewide IT conference.
It’s been a busy summer and now it’s time to return to the fall routine. That routine includes running the Indiana University Multimedia User Group (IUMMUG), managing the website for Bloomingfoods, our local food cooperative, the website of Bloomington Montessori School and a few other smaller projects.
Because I’ve been so busy I’ve decided to volunteer myself for our September IUMMUG meeting. I’ll use the Spry chapter I wrote for the Dreamweaver book to show off how easy Spry is to use (whether you are using DW CS3 or not). With Adobe MAX coming up and a number of conferences behind us, we’ll do a conference wrap up for our October meeting. In addition to MAX we’ve had members at FlexManiacs, CFUnited, Flashbelt, An Event Apart and of course BFlex. That should give us plenty to cover.
Well, it looks like I’ve been drawn into this personal site thing. I build websites and applications for a living but I’ve never had much time or interest in blogging. But while working on a book for Adobe Press it became clear that I needed a site to post the site examples and the errata. Of course I’m hoping there are no errors, but I realize that is pure folly. You make sure it all makes sense at the time of writing, but after months of work it is hard to be sure you not only thought of everything but that you checked it over.
I turned the last bits of files into the editor last night and so this is the last piece on my part. Once I get the exercise files in place I’ll link them and we’ll be in business.