Adobe is now cooperating with Zend, a PHP company so that developers can create applications, content and video across different platforms so they will run in a browser using Flash or Flex, or on the desktop using AIR.
This is an exciting development and there are free tutorials and videos to teach you how to use it at the Adobe Developer Center.
I have been a fan of Google and continue to enjoy many of their fine products.
That being said, I had to move my sites from their hosting services as things were too difficult to have and keep creative control over. They changed the nameservers all the time and put up additional advertising and other links that were causing some trouble.
Now I have moved all my domains over to Go Daddy. I have simplified everything by having them all point to the same pages (for now). [updated 7/25/2010]I have also decided to utilize WordPress templates and plugIns to simplify my life. I find that as I focus more on testing and UCD business strategy, I am wanting to spend less and less time on web design and content management.
While the layout is simple and I have not included any of my Flash or Flex interactivity, I have uploaded some of the newer portfolio pieces and would appreciate any feedback about the new colors.
I will be adding additional graphics to the pages at a later time, but I felt the content was important to get up first.
I was invited to a user’s group at Adobe last night. They served us beer, sandwiches, pizza, etc.. Then we were wowed by a discussion of the new products coming out, including Flex3, AIR, CS3, Thermo and others. These are generally development tools for applications, websites, and project management.
I hope to be a part of how these exciting products are developed, deployed and re-designed.
In preparation for the conference, I had downloaded Flex2 to mess around with. I was intrigued by the notice that it was free ($499 value) to educators. For those that qualify (teachers/staff) you can apply at the Adobe site.