Check out our new training course on AngularJS for Flex Developers

What technology should I add to Life After Flex?

If you don't know, I put together a training course on AngularJS for Flex Developers. It includes some free books, and a bunch of additional (non-free) content including six hours of screencasts.

I'd like to extend the series to include more technologies, and have put together this quiz to collect your feedback. It is only three questions and should take less than a minute, so go in and throw your two cents.

I'd welcome the feedback.

Watch my AngularJS For Flex Developer's Presentation from 360|Flex

The 360|Flex team has posted a video of my AngularJS for Flex Developers presentation.

The audio has a bit of an echo, but otherwise I thought it went pretty well.

Get my Training Course on AngularJS for Flex Developers

I've spent a lot of the past year putting together a training course on AngularJS for Flex Developers. Today is the release day.

The base of this are two books that work together, one builds an application in Flex. The next 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; however I put together a lot of extras including bonus articles and a full screencast series.

Check out the packages; and choose one that works for you. You can use the discount code 'jhblog' to get a 10% discount.

How to Fail Fantastically: My 360|Stack Session Results + Video

At 360|Stack I gave a presentation entitled "How to Fail Fantastically" session results. I recently got the results from my survey. Only three people provided results this time; and there was only one comment.

I got two 5 ratings and one 4. I assume the ratings are out of 5; so that is pretty good. There was one comment left:

A very good presentation of things to watch out for if you want to run your own company, or for almost any venture you want to be a part of.

The comment is pretty complimentary. I do notice that since the went digital in their session survey's the ratings are fewer, as are the comments. I think people are less likely to type long comments into a smartphone.

And I promised a video, so you can view the presentation here.

Deconstructing the Consulting Contract

At the recent 360|Stack conference, I presented some lessons learned about various business ventures I've been in. The presentation was called How to Fail Fantastically and spoke about many of the things I've done that didn't work out perfectly.

Molly mentioned to me that most of the questions people asked about were about the legal portion of the talk and about contracts. That inspired me to dig out this article I had written back in 2007 for Fusion Authority Quarterly Update.

The article is entitled Deconstructing the Consulting Contract. At the time; this was one of the easiest articles I ever wrote; despite it being non-technical in nature. I approved the final on January 13th, 2007 if that matters.

Random Thoughts from the 360|Flex Experience

After every conference, I like to put down my thoughts about it and get a blog post out. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being a sponsor, presenter, and attendee at 360|Flex in Denver. The conference was great, as always, and I walked away with very positive vibes for the future of Flex. Although no one is too happy with Adobe, they are positive about Flex and the Apache foundation.

Being a Sponsor

Flextras was a sponsor of the conference this year, promoting our line of UI Components. The components are now free for production use. It is one step in our switch to advanced support. People seemed very positive about the move.

We put together My speaker ratings were kind of middle of the road, but at least most people found the session informative. Ever since the rating app moved to mobile devices; the amount of comments available have gone down tremendously, which is a bit of a bummer. I'd love feedback if you happened to have seen my presentation. I'll be giving the same presentation at D2WC next week.

The conference had a weird vibe during the Speaker Sponsor dinner. It felt a bit like a last hurrah. In some respects it was. Times are changing. Thanks to the advent of mobile devices the "it runs the same everywhere" stance is no longer guaranteed. I believe the use of Flash (or AIR) is going to be more focused; and discrete.

360|Flex MCP

For a while 360Conferences have added a "MVP" designation to certain people who have helped the conference in some manner. I got blessed this year to be one of those. John actually called me a "Business Mentor" up on stage when I was awarded my hoodie.

I was amused by this, because I don't feel like a business success. I don't feel like a failure either, but I'm chugging along having fun. DotComIt hasn't grown to where I want it to be; but I haven't had to give it up either.

John and I often bounce ideas off each other. I see it more of a peer relationship than a mentoring relationship. I don't have any magic secret business sauce.

I also got to see a lot of other friends; and that is part of the reason I love 360|Flex. Tom Ortega, asked me what my plan was. He mentioned that I always have a plan. I have no idea when I learned to start thinking two steps ahead, but he's right. I do have a plan. :-)

Welcome to 360|Stack

360|Flex started as a "cool idea" to get a bunch of Flex Developers together and has blossomed into a conference company that extends beyond just Flex. They put on a Mac development conference and a iPhone developer conference. Some of the "beyond Flex" started to trickle into 360|Flex. There have been a bunch of non-Flex related sponsors and sessions this year such as Appcelerator and Sencha.

As John said, the community around 360|Flex is about the work we're focused on doing; not a specific technology. As such the conference is being rebranded as 360|Stack. Next year will represent the full dev stack; whether that is HTML5 or Flex Development or something different.

I can't wait to see how the next year unfolds.

CF101 Archive: October 2007 Every Beginner must Grow Up

Disclaimer: In 2007, sys-con closed down the ColdFusion Developer's Journal, and I wanted to post all the articles I had written to this site. I started, but got distracted on other things. I'm performing a purge of my digital archives and found the articles. At this point they are posted here more for my own archival purposes than because anyone is longing to read them.

This article is being reposted in accordance to my contract with sys-con. I had them change the default contract so that I could post articles on my personal site.

This article was my final article. I'm not sure if it was ever published formally, though.

CF101 Archive: September 2007 Object Oriented Pizza

Disclaimer: In 2007, sys-con closed down the ColdFusion Developer's Journal, and I wanted to post all the articles I had written to this site. I started, but got distracted on other things. I'm performing a purge of my digital archives and found the articles. At this point they are posted here more for my own archival purposes than because anyone is longing to read them.

This article is being reposted in accordance to my contract with sys-con. I had them change the default contract so that I could post articles on my personal site.

This is without a doubt the favorite article I've ever written. I wrote it afraid I was going to become the active target for every high level CF Developer. That didn't happen thankfully. I remember the response being relatively positive.

CF101 Archive: February 2007 Data Table Gateways

Disclaimer: In 2007, sys-con closed down the ColdFusion Developer's Journal, and I wanted to post all the articles I had written to this site. I started, but got distracted on other things. I'm performing a purge of my digital archives and found the articles. At this point they are posted here more for my own archival purposes than because anyone is longing to read them.

This article is being reposted in accordance to my contract with sys-con. I had them change the default contract so that I could post articles on my personal site.

This article follows the design pattern scheme of the previous one and focuses on Data Table Gateways. An interesting tibbit is that I would rip my articles out of the PDFs and write up these entries while watching the TV Show supernatural. I bet I got out of the habit when the season ended which is why these articles remained unposted for so long.

CF101 Archive: January 2007 Data Access Objects

Disclaimer: In 2007, sys-con closed down the ColdFusion Developer's Journal, and I wanted to post all the articles I had written to this site. I started, but got distracted on other things. I'm performing a purge of my digital archives and found the articles. At this point they are posted here more for my own archival purposes than because anyone is longing to read them.

This article is being reposted in accordance to my contract with sys-con. I had them change the default contract so that I could post articles on my personal site.

In this article, I delved into some of the design patterns that a lot of ColdFusion developer's were starting to use, in this case data access objects. I don't have anything against design patterns but I often feel some of the proponents of design patterns pitch them as the answer to all your problems. In reality, they are just an approach to solve something and there is often a tradeoff for using one to solve a problem.

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