[osflash] Disseminating OSFlash (was IDE mon amour, the poll results.)
joao.saleiro at webfuel.pt
Sat Sep 2 22:19:18 EDT 2006
William Strapazzon wrote:
> maybe another example... some time ago if I didn't misunderstand, even
> with that amazing progect of "João Saleiro"
> after it was presented at college, does not changed his teachers mind.
> they insisted in using ajax for future progects (on Portugal).
That's right.... There were some teachers really amazed with
CastingOffice, and they seemed interested on the technology behind. But
it was just that: they kept investigating and disseminating AJAX, and -
the funny thing - developing tools and classes for AJAX that we already
have on Flash. :P
The good thing is that they invited us to organize conferences on the
osflash subject on ISCTE. I have been discussing this with Kim Hansen,
and there is a good possibility that we'll have conferences on Portugal
on the beginning of 2007. I just need to dedicate more time to this
subject, and make sure that ISCTE gives all the conditions we need to
make sure that everything goes well.
ETIC (a multimedia and design formation center) contacted me Friday to
give formation on programming. I'll go there Monday and see what they
have in mind. I have previously proposed them the creation of a course
on the development of Rich Internet Applications. They seemed very
interested, and asked me to present them a formal proposal, with the
complete description of the topics to lecture. So, if everything goes
well there is a possibility that we'll have on Portugal a one year
course on the development of RIAs using osflash tools and technologies.
:D I am counting on you all to help me on this!! :P
BTW, following this suggestion of henrik weber:
>a blog (e.g. titled 'osflash-universe') uniting the different opinions
of the os-
>flash-community would be great.
>if you need help in designing a layout for it; let me know ;)
I think that this is a good idea. But i also think that it would be VERY
important to show new potential users what's so great about OSFlash. Let
people know that there is an excelent ROI on using osflash, so they
would want to invest their time researching and developing using osflash
technologies. Also, create a showcase with the best osflash projects,
detailed description on the technologies and techniques used to develop
each of them and probably brief depoiments of the developers, so new
users can trust osflash technologies, reading the success stories.
When i decided to try osflash techs, i was making my project using the
Flash IDE (with bad practices :P). One day, by coincidence i saw this
post on Aral's Blog: http://aralbalkan.com/563 . That was the first time
i read the "osflash" word. At the beginning it was the story that
convinced me, not the osflash technologies. After that, when first saw
the osflash main page, i was very disappointed. I didn't know where to
begin, there were a lot of different projects with different purposes,
lack of tutorials on some subjects, and other subjects with too much
different tutorials dispersed on the web. I had a deadline very tight,
and i was afraid that i was investing time for nothing. I wanted to see
some good success cases before taking the risk, but at the time there
weren't success cases around (at least i don't remember seeing one:| ).
And i was already a believer on the Flash capabilities, so imagine how
someone who thinks that Flash is only a design tool for making banners,
feels when entering this new world.
What we currently have is an excellent platform for developers. It does
not attract new users easily because it's not meant to. If we want to
have more people believing and using osflash technologies, i think we
should create a web-site showing the capabilities of osflash. With news,
and/or a blog, simple and straightforward "getting started" tutorials, a
showcase with success stories, a more generalist forum/mailing list for
newbies with noob questions, and contacts for some osflashers willing to
give consulting, so enterprises can easily reach them. This would be the
entry point on the osflash world. After that, everything remains the
same, with the current platform aiming developers and "advanced" users.
If we want to attract more people, we need to put ourselfs on their
place and understand what they feel about osflash at the beginning. But
this is just my opinion, of course.... :)
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