At MAX we were shown, in a glass case, the new Blackberry Playbook. I am personally super excited to try it out and start developing for it. First, you build apps for it using Flash (pure ActionScript or MXML), second, their store will be free (at least for some introductory time) and third, the hardware specs makes it the best on the market (1 GB RAM and 1 GHz dual-core processor??). Interestingly, their first development platform for it is Flash, and they said that later they will allow you to use Java and C++, so you can imagine that at this moment, Flash is as good as native.

And there is more. If you develop an application before the Playbook's launch and it gets approved, you'll be able to get a free Playbook from RIM. The launch date is not yet announced, but I would get started as quickly as I can.

There are weekly webcast series you can attend. Those are hosted by RIM and usually Renaun Erickson from Adobe also shows relevant ActionScript code. They are a good starting point. You can find the link to those, the Getting Started guide and the documentation at the BlackBerry Tablet OS Development Resources

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Hello everyone, I wanted to introduce myself as the newest member to join the ranks of ASFusion. I was hired on November 1st as a designer and front end developer, and I am excited to work with a team of people that really understand how the web works, and has a good sense of how to make the impossible happen.

About me: my name is Mark Aplet. If your familiar with Mango Blog, then you may have already heard my name before--or perhaps my username (visual28)--I design and develop themes or "skins" for Mango Blog users to dress up their blogs. I have also developed a number of free plugins for mango blog that are available from my personal website. I have been fairly active in the Mango Blog community since I was introduced to it about two and a half years ago. So if you have a theming question, I am a pretty good person to ask.

I have been working in the design industry for about 10 years. Then specifically in web design for about 7 plus years. In that time I have taught myself html and css, and even a little ColdFusion. In fact my very first ColdFusion app was MyCFNuke (no longer available). The ColdFusion clone of PHPNuke. I don't conceder myself to be a ColdFusion programmer in the least. I know my way around CF, but feel more at home in HTML and CSS. Languages that I hope will be put to good use while employed here at ASFusion.

When I am not designing or developing websites, I enjoy getting out of the house with my wife (BFF) and or family pet Henna--a very energetic golden retriever--for a trip up to the mountains for some camping, fun in the snow, or an all out off-road adventure in a heavily modified 1942 Jeep rockcrawler.

A couple of weeks ago, Adobe launched an AIR application called Adobe Enterprise Cafe:

The Adobe Enterprise Café AIR app helps you stay in touch with Adobe teams and the enterprise community, receive news, find information, and aggregate content related to the entire enterprise community knowledge base. This is great place for all partners to receive timely news and stayed informed.

I am happy to say that we developed the news section of the application in Flex using the Mate Framework, and its backend, which is powered by Mango Blog

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2010 brought a lot of changes to us and a big move. In December last year, the lease for our old of fice expired and we thought that we could change the scenery too. So we decided to go back to Los Angeles, after several years living in the Orange County. 

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This year I was part of the advisory board for the RIA track of CF.Objective(). I was also invited to speak. For the record, I didn’t submit or vote for my session. :) Even though it must have become a little difficult to manage all the people in the board (3 members per track), it allowed for democratic voting of topics and wider variety. It was pretty amazing to see how people’s interests lined up. 


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