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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!

Join The Flex Show for a Live Q&A Session!

For the final episode of this year, we've decided to do a live Q&A session, where you can come and ask us questions about the show and the state of Flex.

This will take place using my connect room on Monday December 20th at 7pm Eastern Time. Convert the time to your time zone here.

This is experimental for us, and we're not sure what to expect. If you ever wanted to know anything about the show, this is the chance to get info from the horses mouth. How do we do it? What are some of our favorite show moments? Do we prefer Coke or Pepsi? Do John and I fight? If the Hulk fought Spiderman, who would win?

We'll have the answers! So, come hang out with us for an hour or so and we'll see what happens.

Help The Flex Show Continue in 2011

We want to thank all those who have given to The Flex Show's 2011 Pledge drive. Your support helps keep us going. But, not everyone has given and we are still afar cry from our end goal. This is a video I put together about all the extra content we're offering you, including our Flex 4 screencast series:

The goal is to raise $12,000 because that would really help us keep things going as they are. If each listener gave $5 we'd easily surpass that goal. Go read through all our options and chose one that works for you.

The Flex Show Pledge Drive Reminder

Just a reminder that we have an ongoing Pledge Drive. this is your chance to help us, so we can continue for another year. One of the options this year is a tip jar thing. This is what I had to say about the tip jar:

The goal is to raise $12,000 because that would really help us keep things going as they are. If each listener gave $5,000 we'd easily surpass that goal. Go read through all our options and chose one that works for you.

Announcing The Flex Show 2011 Pledge Drive

For those of you who didn't catch it in the previous episode, we have launched The Flex Show 2011 pledge Drive. This is a way for you to help us continue for another year. Our goal is to raise $12,000; which is a sum easily surpassed if each one of our listeners gave $5.

We have a bunch of gifts including more content on the Flex Show USB Drives, T-Shirts, 360|Flex Memorabilia, and the ability to join us live for an episode. Here is my introductory video:

No Flex Show episode today

For those that have been paying attention, you'll know that we release audio interviews every other week on Wednesday at 9am EST. A show should be out right now.

Flash And the City is this week, and we will be there doing our daily conference interviews. As such, we decided to defer today's release and devote or time to the conference. Look for conference interviews coming out on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Don't forget, you can still pre-order our premium USB drives to get some extra Flex Show goodness, such as a screencast series on creating Flex 4 components and the 2009 unedited tracks.

One Week Left to support The Flex Show's Pledge Drive

As many of you know, The Flex Show has bee running a pledge drive over the past few months. The pledge drive gives our listeners the chance to control aspects of the show in 2010. Pledge amounts start at $5 and go up from there. The cash influx helps inspire us to find the time to keep the show going in 2010.

We appreciate all the listeners who have supported us thus far. If you have been holding off, now is the time to pledge. The pledge drive will shut down at the end of January. You only have one week left to show your love.

If you like the podcast, find value in what we do, and want to do your part to see us continue, then check out our sponsorship options and choose one that works for you.

We appreciate the continued support and look forward to carrying on in 2010.

Behind the Scenes of The Flex Show

Today I will be presenting at an Adobe Tech Wednesday entitled "Behind the Scenes of The Flex Show - Trials and Tribulations of Producing a Podcast." John should be joining me for a bit of it.

If you're interested in learning more about how we create the audio podcasts, then this is going to be a great way for you to do it.

Join us here at 10:00am PT (Los Angeles) / 1:00pm ET (New York).

Calculate that into your own time zone using the Time and Date world clock converter.

Note, presentation is over, here is the recording

Last day to win a 360|Flex Indy Ticket from The Flex Show

Hi everyone,

This is the last day to enter our ticket giveaway contest to win a ticket to 360|Flex in Indianapolis.

Just head over to the conference site and let us know what Doug McCune will be talking about. We'll be accepting entries until I go to bed tonight and will award the prize in the morning, so get in your answer now.

Thank you to 360|Flex for sponsoring a few episodes and I hope to see you all @ the conference.

Join Jeffry Houser for a Live Q&A

Every Friday in February at 1 pm EST, I'll be doing a live Q&A session. This is a bit of an experiments, so I hope you'll join me to see how it goes.

This Friday, I'll start with a short demo of the Flextras DataSorter, but then I'll open it up for Q&A. And you can ask anything you want, even if it is not about Flextras.

You can join the connect room at

If you want to find out when 1pm EST is in your time zone, go here.

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