I had a great time at FlashForward, and am finally getting my feet back on the ground and catching up. I didn't blog at all while I was out there, mostly because I was too busy..
If you're interested in the "ActionScript Performance Tricks" session that I gave, you can find the data all here: http://oddhammer.com/actionscriptperformance/
I'll probably release the rijndael encryption for Flash that I showed once I've optimized it a bit.. it's still fairly slow.
Things I took away from the conference..
Bill Buxton gave a great keynote and tried to encourage the Flash crowd to think beyond the confines of the browser.. he made a prediction that in five years the cost of screen real estate will be $10/sq ft. for 100dpi monitors.. then at the end of his talk showed a nifty (and tiny) laser projection system for projecting 640 x 480 images. The cool thing is the technology doesn't just project, but could also read and be used to turn any surface into a "touch screen" since the technology is based on bar code scanners. So think about a cell phone that can project full color 1024 x 768 onto a wall and make it a touch screen.. drool.
Kevin Lynch had a lot of info to give about the future of Flash.. including an update release for the Flash MX2004 IDE this Spring and there will be a Flash Player 8 released in early 2005. He showed two very cool applications from the NYSE and the UN/WHO.. but I can't find links to them anywhere and can't find them on the web.. .sigh..
Loads of people gave me business cards.. and I'm not quite sure what to make of it.. the last FFSF I went to I think I came home with maybe 2 business cards.. this time I ended up with probably 20. The odd thing was the people weren't looking for jobs or trying to hire me.. it just seemed like everybody was trying harder to network with each other. odd..
Comcast is hiring Flash developers.. big time.. like in bulk (I heard rumour that they are hiring more than 100). The jobs are mostly in the Philadelphia, PA area.
I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with some great Flash folks.. in no particular order.. Chafic Kazoun, Keith Peters, Eric Dolecki, John Dowdell, Mike Chambers, Grant Skinner, Peter Hall, Philip Kerman, Vera Fleischer, and lots of others..
There was a very small group meeting on Friday afternoon with some of the Flash developers where some of us got to give our wish list for the future of Flash. I was a bit shocked that there were only about a dozen people who showed up to voice their opinions.
I don't have any pictures to show.. well.. except the one that I took of Eric Dolecki in front of the Macromedia headquarters that he's posted on his site... I took it right before we went in. It's a cool place.
back from FlashForward SF Monday, March 08, 2004
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