Sunday, June 24, 2007

Get on the bus, Gus! Come say hi in Vancouver July 11th

Mike Chambers was kind enough to offer me a chance to speak at the Vancouver leg of the Adobe onAIR bus tour.

I'm just doing a small session on my 15-minutes-of-fame-are-now-over DryerFox hack, as an example of no-chrome (or would that be self-chromed) app development.

This is a free event, and everyone is invited, but you need to register. I'm expecting the schwag-o-meter to be pretty high, so it will be worth it. I hope to see you there. Did I mention the free-as-in-beer beer? 'Nuf said.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Gee, I wonder how Silverlight will work on my Mac? Oh ... never mind

I was keen to check out some of the Silverlight capabilities on my MacBook Pro. I heard that our friends in Redmond were doing all their demos on a Mac first. Apparently none of them were running the latest 10.4 release.

Here is my out of the box experience ... Doh!

What, is the installer just doing a string compare on the versions?
Since when is 10.4.10 < 10.4.8?

OK, so it's a beta, and they'll probably have a patch soon, but it's a pretty nasty out-of-the-box experience.

Oh well, back to AIR-land.

[Update] There is a workaround posted on the MS-site, but it is clunky.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I'm an Airhead now!

... but my wife could have told you that a long time ago. :-)

Adobe has renamed the Apollo runtime as "Air" (Adobe Integrated Runtime), and I like the new name. Apollo was a good code name, and "Air" is a nice product name. It also helps that the file format for Apollo bundles was already called a ".AIR" file.

I've been involved with enough products over the years to see my fair share of silly product names ending up with "designed by committee" feel to them. (Ironically, best described by this in-house Microsoft ad parody).

Congrats to the Air team.

New stuff on Adobe labs today:

Air beta installer:

Flex 3 beta:


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