Reflecting on Adobe Edge Inspect

Normally when I’m presenting and want to show some functionality on a mobile device, I use an IPEVO Point  2 View USB camera to display the device in a window on my laptop.  The IPEVO is inexpensive and works very nicely.  Greg Wilson was telling me earlier about Reflection and I subsequently fell down a very deep rabbit hole.  This nice little app uses AirPlay mirroring on your iPhone or iPad to mirror multiple devices onto your Mac.  Combine it with Edge Inspect and things start to get very interesting.

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360|Flex 2012

I just registered as a speaker for 360|Flex 2012 in Denver, CO – April 15 – 18, 2012. You can find more details at the conference website:  Should be a great conference.  Tickets are cheaper on a first come, first serve basis, so buy your tickets asap at to get the best possible price. See you there.

What Exactly is Apache?


I’ve been using Apache software in one form or another for about 15 years.  But it’s only recently, with the advent of Apache Flex that I’ve started to actually understand what Apache is all about.  I’m not referring to the Apache web server here, which in some circles is synonymous with ‘Apache’.  I’m talking about the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), its history and how it works, as well as the Apache-specific projects, and how those projects are developed and maintained.

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New Flex and Flash Whitepapers

This is just a quick note to point out that Adobe has recently published two very important white papers.

The first is a white paper detailing Adobe’s view of Flex and its commitment to Flex in the future.   This is a must read if you are at all involved directly or indirectly with Flex.

Following quickly on the Flex white paper is the Adobe Roadmap for the Flash Runtimes.  This document provides an overview of the Flash runtimes and a roadmap for their development.  Obviously, this has implications for both Flash and Flex.


Flex Mapping Options

It has occurred to me recently that there is actually a lot of confusion when talking about maps and adding mapping functionality to a Flex application, be it a web application or a mobile application.  When talking about mapping, it’s important to first differentiate between  straight ‘mapping’ and ‘GIS’.  As well, you also need to differentiate between mapping frameworks & apis and map data sources.  Things can get very confusing otherwise.  I’ll go through the various options I know about below and try to explain and differentiate where possible.

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