Yesterday, myself and two colleagues from Project Cocoon made it out to Chennai for Flex@Beach. I did not really know what to expect from the event but was happily surprised about the turnout and excitement around Flex and Flash Platform technology in general. There was a lot of focus on frameworks and architecture as well as some technology demo's and a bit of talk on methodologies. I think you couldn't do a much better session lineup than this for a developer crowd.
Parsley Introduction - Chandra Deepan Mate Introduction - Devaraj AS3Signals - Peter Elst FLAR demo application - Senthil Kumar AIR 2.0 Features and Demo - Ganesh Gandhi Flex 4 Spark Framework - Alaguvel Flash Catalyst Workflow - Michaël Chaize Scrum Agile Methodology - Sakthivel Robotlegs Introduction - Devaraj WebORB .NET & Flex Integration Away3D Introduction - Iyswarya
I particularly liked the short Away3D session by Iyswarya that closed the day and hope she can do a more in depth one next time. Since doing the Away3D workshop in Frankfurt last year I've been very interested in using it more for production work and think I will pick it up again very soon.
Compared to the other talks my AS3Signals session was quite lightweight but it seemed to be well received and its nice to see lots of people excited about the idea of using it in their projects.
As promised here are my slides for the presentation:
The closing remarks by Philippe Moreau from Adam's Studio India were also representative of a lot of the things I heard from people there. The interest in Flex and Flash Platform technology is picking up at a fast pace in Chennai and they would really like to see more involvement from Adobe in the area.
Ideas such as having an authorized training center and virtual teams for collaborating on projects got brought up and really resonated with people. I think we're seeing the beginnings of a grass roots movement here, the mood was almost revolutionary. In the coming weeks we at Project Cocoon will also evaluate and see how we can help out to make the ecosystem grow.