Check out our new training course on AngularJS for Flex Developers

Get my Training Course on AngularJS

I'm not sure how many of you follow me on social networking or at my personal blogs, but I wanted to let you know I've just prepared an AngularJS training course just for Flex Developers.

I've spent a lot of time working on this over the past year and today is the release day.

The base of this are two books that work together. The first one builds an application in Flex and the second builds an application in AngularJS. I found that this was a great way to compare and contrast the two technologies. The main books are available under a pay what you want scheme so you can pick them up at no cost if you wish.

I put together a lot of extras including bonus articles and a full screencast series on AngularJS, very similar to the Flex Show screencast series.

If you're a Flex Developer and want to learn how to apply your skills to the HTML5 world with AngularJS; then go Check out the packages and choose one that works for you. You can use the discount code 'flexshow' to get a 10% discount on any of the packages.

This course marks my 'return' to educating developers after we shut down The Flex Show; and I'm very happy to finally have it available.

Help John Wilker / 360|Conferences get a Grant

Hey everyone, John Wilker, who you probably remember as the host of The Flex Show, has entered 360|Conferences into a community grant program sponsored by Chase.

360|Conferences is John's company and is most famous for 360|Flex and 360|iDev.

They need 250 votes to be considered for some money which will help him put on more conferences. At the time of this writing he needs 39 more votes.

John mentioned he wanted to use the money to put on more developer focused events. As a business owner myself, I understand how having some "reserve cash" in the bank can give you a lot of flexibility in the steps you take.

Read more about it on his blog post with details, or go straight to the grant page and vote for him.

360|Stack is Coming Up

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that 360|Stack is coming up; run by The Flex Show's own John Wilker. 360|Stack is the rebranded 360|Flex conference.

I'll be giving an inspirational presentation on How to Fail Fantastically. But, aside from that there is plenty of content about Adobe Flex and the various technologies that Flex Developers now use instead of Flex.

The Flex Show has Moved Servers

Hi Everyone,

We're in the process of moving The Flex Show web site from one server to another. There is a lot of content to move, so please bear with us while we get it uploaded.

We are extremely thankful for FusionLink for handling our content and server load for as long as they did. They have been overly generous with us. Check them out if you are interested in managed hosting.

Let us know if you find any problems or bugs.

Thanks for patience and continued patronage.

Update 3/24/2013: All content should have been moved successfully; but let us know of problems.

Get Flex Show Rewards from the Flextras Kickstarter

Hi Everyone. Jeffry Houser talking hear--the producer of The Flex Show.

I want all of you to know that I launched a Flex related Kickstarter.

The intent is to flesh out the API of the Flextras Spark AutoComplete component, and then donate the finished code to Apache Flex.

We're experimenting with this as an alternate way to fund some of our open source development time. If you think it's a cool idea, then check it out. Some of the reward tiers relate will get you some Flex Show related content, such as our premium screencasts with over 2 hours of content which wasn't published to the blog and some bonus T-shirts from The Flex Show or Flextras.

If you like Flex, and want to show me some love, check it out and become a backer.

Can you create a podcast on Haxe?

on my personal blog, and occasionally on Flextras, I'll write up blog posts in response to user questions. This question just came in to our Flex Show account and I thought I'd do the same here:

Hi Jeffry and John, Why don't you guys start a new podcast about Haxe. Haxe seems to be the natural progression for any Flash/Flex developer that is looking for a future in a world without flash. And who knows - maybe there's gonna be a flex like comonent framework soon. .. You did such a great job with the flex show. It would be so cool if you could continue your great work. Haxe already has a great community and it will certainly grow. It just would be the perfect fit as there are so many similarities to the flex community and since Haxe supports multiple platforms there would be plenty of topics. Cheers Robin

First, I'm glad you think we did a great job with The Flex Show. It was a fun ride. But, I think there are plenty of reasons why I do not create a new podcast about Haxe. ( Caveat: I can't personally speak for John ). Here is a list of a few reasons why I do not create a Haxe podcast:

  • The number of technologies that are "natural progressions" for Flash/flex developers are numerous. In the circles I run in; Sencha is the progression of choice.
  • I am aware of Haxe, but don't know anything about it in detail. You could say I'm indifferent to it.
  • A lot of folks--myself included--are dedicated to making Flex thrive in open source over at the Apache Foundation. Maybe no progression is needed needed just yet?
  • It takes a lot of work to keep a podcast going as consistently as we did with The Flex Show. Our budget was 8 hours per episode. Do you want to fund that?
  • Perhaps most importantly; I want a break from podcasting. It takes a lot of time and we were self-funded for the bulk of our run.
  • If I were to have to move from Flex, I plan to focus my efforts on Native Mobile development because that is something that interests me.

If you want a podcast on Haxe; I suggest you create a podcast on Haxe. One of the most important things to keep you going---especially during the down times--is that you actually care.

If someone wanted to start a podcast on Haxe [or anything] and wanted to hire me as a consultant for training / mentoring in order to help them get started; I'd be more than happy to discuss.

You're Almost out of time to Win a Complimentary Ticket to 360|Flex 2012

You probably know that we are having a contest to win a free ticket to 360|Flex, which is coming this April in Denver. If you want to go to the best Flex conference without the hassle of paying for a ticket, this is your chance.

360|Flex is the best Flex conferences and attending will give you a chance to meet some of the best Flex experts in the industry. This will be your chance to learn about Flex, in person, as it transitions to the Apache Foundation.

360|Flex is loaded with over 50 sessions focused on Flex and related technologies. It will have nightly "networking opportunities" and even a pre-day with hands on training.

To enter our contest, just send us an email and tell us who is sponsoring the even receptions. The evening parties are a perfect chance to bump elbows with some of great Flex Developers from Adobe, and Apache Contributors, and other stellar Flex devs.

We have a special discount code that you can get just for sending us that email. So, even if you don't win, you still win. Be sure to get your entry in before Monday March 19th.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Sponsored By

Register Now for 360|Flex Denver to learn from the Flex Experts

Enter to win a Complimentary Ticket to 360|Flex

For those that were listening closely in the last episode, you had heard that The Flex Show is having a second ticket contest with 360|Flex. If you want to go to the best Flex conference for free, this is your chance.

360|Flex is the best Flex conferences and attending will give you a chance to meet some of the best Flex experts in the industry. This will be your chance to learn about Flex, in person, as it transitions to the Apache Foundation.

360|Flex is loaded with over 50 sessions focused on Flex and related technologies. It will have nightly "networking opportunities" and even a pre-day with hands on training.

To enter our contest, just send us an email and tell us who is sponsoring the even receptions. The evening parties are a perfect chance to bump elbows with some of great Flex Developers from Adobe, and Apache Contributors, and other stellar Flex devs.

We have a special discount code that you can get just for sending us that email. So, even if you don't win, you still win. Be sure to get your entry in before Monday March 19th.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Sponsored By

Register Now for 360|Flex Denver to learn from the Flex Experts

Enter our Contest for a Complimentary ticket to 360|Flex

For those that were listening closely in the last episode, you had heard that The Flex Show is proud to announce a contest for a complimentary ticket for 360|Flex in Denver this April.

360|Flex is the best Flex conferences and attending will give you a chance to meet some of the best Flex experts in the industry. This will be your chance to learn about Flex, in person, as it transitions to the Apache Foundation.

360|Flex is loaded with over 50 sessions focused on Flex and related technologies. It will have nightly "networking opportunities" and even a pre-day with hands on training.

To enter our contest, just send us an email and tell us what you're most excited about learning at the event. Just for entering, we'll give you a discount code (just in case you don't win). Be sure to get your entry in before February 20th.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Sponsored By

Register Now for 360|Flex Denver to learn from the Flex Experts

The Flex Show 6 Month Plan

I know that our listeners have been used to getting another episode of Flex Show goodness released every other Wednesday at 9am EST. Today would normally be the release of a new episode. Due to some of the furor around Adobe and Flex; we've been trying to get timely episodes that are more timely instead our usual 4-8 week backlog.

As such, we don't have an episode ready to release today. I think this is the first time in three years we haven't had a bunch of episodes in our queue waiting to be edited and released.

There has been a lot going around in the Flex Community. There is a lot to take in, and a lot of change on the horizon. Despite some bad press, and some poor communication from Adobe; the news is not all bad. Flash is not dead, and today, I still believe Flex is the best choice for building many enterprise applications.

Adobe just finished up a semi-private meeting with some members of the Flex community at the Adobe offices. We weren't invited, but some of our friends were. We're hoping to get a few of them together for a brain dump of the event.

After that episode, we're hoping to get a handful of community members together for another roundtable, similar to our last one. These two episodes will bring us into 2011.

A few have asked me if we'd be abandoning the Flex community like so many others are claiming to do. It is our plan to continue as always right into 360|Flex in April 2012. I suspect this will be the last conference ever to focus on Adobe Flex; but hopefully 360|Conferences will bring us a 2013 conference focused on Apache Flex.

After 360|Flex, I plan to take a month off from podcasting, just like I did last year. Then John and I will re-evaluate what we're doing with the podcast and the best way to continue. Don't take the re-evaluation to mean anything bad, it's something we've done on a yearly basis since starting the podcast.

If you want to be on the show to talk about something, be sure to let us know.

Thanks for sticking with us!

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