Back from blogging vacation… FOTB 08 is rocking again :-)

Ooh yeah, I am back from full two months of not posting on my blog… and it gives me a good feeling to be back again. I actually needed it take a break in blogging but now I am back again and have some cool things prepared to post in the upcoming months. At the moment I am at Flash on the Beach in Brighton (UK) and like the past editions it is rocking like hell ! I am doing a session at wednesday about Pixel manipulation and bitmap transformation and I really looking forward to it ! I have been to every Flash on the Beach till now but it is the first time I am doing a session here… so for me personally it is the best edition ever and I am enjoying it a lot !! John again did an awesome job and he told us at the first day that he is organising a US edition in MIAMI in april so Flash on the Beach is going to conquer the whole world, which is super nice!

Let me give you a short overview what I have been busy with the last 2 months:

  • I started a brand new company on the first of July together with my Flash Platform buddy  Wouter Verweirder. The name of the company…  is HAPPY BANANA !:-). We are doing a lot of Adobe AIR projects, Flex applications and Flash websites. We also do consultancy, so if you are in trouble with the Flash Platform, let me know and we can help you out !
  • I also did a lot of writing in the last months: I worked on the Adobe AIR Cookbook together with David Tucker, Marco Casario and Rich Tretola which will be published in november. This book is really awesome, belief me. The book is published by Oreilly and is part of the Adobe developer library. The cookbook series have a nice approach and always starts from a problem then gives you the solution to the problem and it is followed by a discussion where we give you background information and show you an example that implements the solution. All the examples are made with HTML/JavaScript, Flex and Flash. So you can grab the solution you want made with the technology you use to develop AIR applications.
  • Another book I worked on together with Marco Casario and Andrew Shorten is a book on using Flash CS4 to make AIR applications called : The essential guide to Flash CS4 AIR development.
  • A last book we are still working on, which will be also published by FriendsofED in 2009 is called AdvancED AIR Applications.
  • As some of you know I am a Flash Platform lecturer at Technical University of West-Flanders in Belgium. This year we started a brand new course programme, called DEVINE – Digital Design and Media. This course program will “produce” “two brain people” as we call it; people who can do Design AND Development. So actually they have lessons on design (Photoshop, Illustrator,…)  and lessons on development (Flash, Flex, AIR, …)  and then they also they have to do Integration projects. The courses are an enormous succes with 230 people started the program two weeks ago so it looks very promising!
  • Concerning conferences, I was scheduled for cfdevcon 08 and Flash on Tap but both conferences are rescheduled and will take place later on in 2009. But I will be speaking at Adobe MAX 08 in San Francisco in november where we will do an AIR COOKOFF session with the authors of the Adobe AIR cookbook. So hope to see you there !  I am also scheduled  to teach an AIR course (organised by Comtaste )  in London at the end of october as you can see in the banner at the left side of this blog. the course is called Meet the Guru… damn I like that title but I do not feel like a guru actually, more like a person who wants to give back to the community where I learnt so much from myself 😉

That’s it for now, time to go to another cool session here at FOTB 08! If you see me somewhere hanging out, do not hesitate to say hi or maybe see you at my session Wednesday afternoon to play with some pixels !!

happy coding,



8 responses to “Back from blogging vacation… FOTB 08 is rocking again :-)

  1. Anton Granik 2 October , 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Koen! Enjoyed your session! Now playing with convolution filter. And you have to do some sport, mate! 🙂

  2. Ronny 3 October , 2008 at 9:34 am

    Hi Koen!
    Happy to see you back!
    Devine is looking promising indeed. It have been 2 fun weeks now, and I not (yet) disappointed. Keep it up!

    See you around 🙂

  3. Paras 3 October , 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Koen

    Absolutely great work at FOTB.

    Look forward to having your presentation files here though!

    Thanks in advance.


  4. Nick Kuh 5 October , 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Koen

    Loved your presentation at FOTB. Has inspired me to get working with matrices – can’t find any source from the presentation on you site. Would be very useful to many if you have a chance to add some of the matrix examples you demoed?



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  6. Adrian Parr 6 November , 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Koen,

    I really enjoyed your session at FOTB08 and I learnt a lot. Is there any chance you can upload your presentation and source code for us to take a look at again.



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