Last week of the year 2010, no better time to look back at what happened this year in the world of Flash and related technologies and my own community involvement.

The year in review


  • February - Adobe Photoshop 20th anniversary
  • April 8th - Apple's section 3.3.1 bans cross-compiled apps for iOS
  • April 30th - Adobe Creative Suite 5 shipping
  • April 12th - Flash Catalyst CS5 released
  • May 19th - HTML5 extension for Dreamweaver CS5
  • June 10th - AIR 2.0 released
  • June 22nd - Flash Player 10.1 for mobile released
  • July - Josh James, former CEO of Omniture leaves Adobe
  • September 9th - Apple revokes ban on cross-compiled apps for iOS
  • September 13th - HTML5 pack for Illustrator
  • October - Ted Patrick leaves Adobe
  • October 25th - Adobe AIR 2.5 for Android released
  • October 25-26th - Adobe MAX device giveaway extravaganza
  • December - Evangelism team with focus on Flash gaming announced
  • December 20th - Adobe reports its first billion dollar quarter

Memorable quotes


"Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind." - Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

"Let the games begin [...] When you change the world with what you deliver, you'll have fans and supporters -- and you'll have your detractors. We have to continue to innovate, and we will." - Shantanu Narayan, Adobe CEO

"It turns out on the Internet, people use Flash" - Vic Gundotra, Google

"Anyone who's not giving you Flash on the mobile device is not giving you the internet" - Christy Wyatt, Motorola

"I love phyllo dough!" - Kevin Lynch, Adobe CTO to Martha Stewart

Speaking engagements

For 2010 I decided to cut down on the number of speaking engagements and think I managed to find a good balance with an average of one event every two months.

These are the events I presented at this year:

  • Flex@Beach - Chennai
  • Flash Israel - Tel Aviv
  • Flash and the City - New York
  • Flash on the Beach - Brighton
  • Adobe MAX - Los Angeles
  • Flash Camp Chennai - Chennai

Technical review and authoring

I did technical review for three books this year, two of which are already published:

  • Getting StartED with CSS - David Powers
  • Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst: The New Workflow - Steven Peeters
  • High Performance Flash - Elad Elrom

Recently I also took on another book project on HTML5 to co-author:

  • HTML5 Solutions - Marco Casario, Charles Brown, Nathalie Wormser

In other news I was excited to see the ColdFusion User Group Belgium get set up by my friends Cyril Hanquez and Steven Peeters. Together with my colleague Nathalie Wormser we also set up the Pondicherry Adobe User Group over in India.

Project Cocoon celebrated its first year of business, a few months back we finally managed to get through the last bits of paperwork and have big plans for 2011, including moving office in February. There's going to be a stronger focus on designing and developing for mobile devices and have done some promising research on digital publishing solutions for tablets.

In 2011 I expect to be getting my hands dirty and delving more into HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, native Android development and hopefully try WP7 as a mobile platform as well. Seb Lee-Delisle's "What the Flux?!" session at Flash on the Beach was a definite catalyst for this, despite me still being one of the most avid Flash Platform supporters around.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my friends, colleagues and followers for their support in 2010 and wish you all the best for 2011!