Unless you’ve been without an internet connection or human contact lately, you’ve surely heard of the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. And if you were at Adobe MAX or our last Flash Dallas meeting, you also know about the offer BlackBerry is making to AIR developers. In case you don’t, the short explanation is that if you develop an AIR app and get it approved and available on BlackBerry App World before the device is released, they’ll send you a free PlayBook!
(I was already excited to try out some BlackBerry+AIR dev but they just pushed it right to the top of my to do list)
So what are you waiting for? Go grab all of the tools and get started! Bring on the AIR apps and bring on the PlayBook!
So how about some helpful links:
Check out the five-week webcast series where you can interact with Research In Motion (RIM) and Adobe experts at PlayBook Development Resources.
( http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/devresources.jsp )
And let’s not forget the very generous FREE PlayBook offer.
( http://devblog.blackberry.com/2010/12/submit-playbook-apps-to-app-world/ )
*I updated the link to the free PlayBook offer to a post with more detailed info
*AIR is everywhere*
I don’t have a huge post to write here, but I did want to share that I took the exam a few days ago (Friday, Feb. 27) and I’m very happy to report that I am now a Flex 3 with AIR Adobe Certified Expert.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m working on catching up with some Flash/Flex related things now that my life is back to some kind of normal pattern. One of the items on my list was to update vizX (my Adobe AIR Developer Derby entry back in September last year) and I can now scratch that off the list.
If you’re new to vizX, here’s my original description:
vizX is a visual XML editor which displays nodes in a tree structure on the left while details of the selected node are displayed on the right. The details include the name and text value of the node, its attributes and the ability to add child nodes and new attributes.
Thanks to everyone who has used (or plans on trying) vizX! After checking it out, I would love to hear your thoughts or any issues you ran into while using vizX.
And finally, here it is:
Well…. OK. I was planning on releasing it to the public sooner or later and with the deadline for the AIR derby being tomorrow night (Sept 5th), I don’t think it’s going to hurt to go ahead and tip my hand by putting it out there now.
So without further ado, here is my entry into the Adobe AIR Developer Derby:
Application Name: vizX
Application Description: vizX is a visual XML editor which displays nodes in a tree structure on the left while details of the selected node are displayed on the right. The details include the name and text value of the node, its attributes and the ability to add child nodes and new attributes.
- 1. If you don’t have the AIR runtime installed, you’ll need to download and install it in order to use vizX. You can get the installer for your particular system (OSX or Windows) from this link.
- 2. Download and install vizX from as either a .zip file or an .air file.
- 3. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to check it out.
You can also use the “Install Now” button below (Thanks Doug).
I’ve been using Flex and AIR lately to create a couple of apps for internal use at the office and I’ve got to say that (at least for now) I’m hooked. Since I’m enjoying it so much, I thought I’d enter an app in the AIR Developer Derby and with the deadline drawing closer every day, I’ve been wondering just how many people might be entering as well (my guess is that it’s going to be a huge number).
While I won’t ask what you’re developing because you don’t want to show your hand too soon, I would love to hear how many of you are making something for the derby. Take a second to chime in and good luck to everyone in advance.