Truly innovative technologies are held back almost entirely by the fact that they have not yet been successfully prototyped and blogged enough. This is the Opportunity Window and it closes quickly. Once enough technologists have prototyped the capabilities and blogged the possibilities of a good, new technology, it starts to gain traction and everyone else starts to jump on the bandwagon and then we’re into the Necessity Window, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
The group meets once a month, normally around the middle of the month. They have a fantastic set up: meeting rooms, over head projectors and several networked labs at their disposal. The group can and will be running workshops along side presentations so you’ll be able to get your hands dirty with real code and design and take them home to play with after. There are prizes to: Apress/ Friends of Ed have kindly agreed to give us books on Flash platform technologies to give away on the night.
The beginner and intermediate community is huge and poorly catered for. This Meetup group group addresses that gap. If you want to learn or improve your Flash-craft then go check out the group. Sign up, and come along.
It seems that recently people, good people, are coming out of the woodwork to point out that they might not always like to deliver their Flash Platform solutions as OO solutions. I hear the collective gasp of horror and revilement from the community of Actionscript developers who have spent years refining their coding and OO methodologies to a point where they can code in Java with little effort. I myself am one of those coders. However, I am forever using the term ‘Pragmatic’ when I speak to staff and peers alike. Look at the big picture. Not everyone wants a solution that takes 2 months to deliver because you have to develop redundant, reusable, unit tested OO code. Many clients want throw away solutions and have no likelihood of code reuse.
We lecture on good process endlessly, but one of the initial stumbling blocks we have is that the right people don’t know what the term ‘process’ encapsulates, or they interpret a different or incomplete meaning to the word. So, what is process and more importantly, what is good process?