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"It's a Hit!" – Early Verdicts Come In on "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar

Industry Pundits and Software Professionals Alike Agree: Flex Might Well Be the Future of the Web

"Seems like a lot going on here," wrote John Dowdell; "The place is pretty packed. Geeks mingled with suits; some of the geeks IN suits," wrote Flash guru Jesse Randall Warden, "Loooots of demos. And that's exactly what I came for," wrote arpit. The blogosphere has been giving its early verdict on SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar...and the overwhelming verdict would seem to be that it was a hit.

What "Real-World Flex" aimed to do, in 12 intense hours of laser-focused presentations, discussion, and demos, was to give everyone the full picture of how Adobe Flex 2 is a complete, powerful application development solution for creating and delivering cross-platform RIAs, within the enterprise and across the Web.

The historic Grand Ballroom of Roosevelt was the setting, in midtown Manhattan just a hop and a skip from Park Lane, and it proved the perfect setting for Adobe's David Mendels (pictured) - who keynoted the event.

In addition to Mendels the line-up for the high-energy day of sessions and a closing "Power Panel" included a developer-type guru (Jesse Randall Warden, for the Flash part of the equation), a distributed computing expert (Mark Piller from Midnight Coders), a high-end geospatial pioneer (the uniquely passionate Mansour Raad, from ESRI), a pioneer of etailing apps (Fumi Matsomoto, co-founder and CTO of Allurent), a UI specialist (Cynergy's Dave Wolf), all in addition to Adobe's own FlexBuilder global evangelist, Christophe Coenraets, and the co-authors of Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex and Java, Yakov Fain and Dr Victor Rasputnis.

We had demos and code galore...and we had the main advance man at Adobe for "Apollo," Luis Polanco, who gave the final session on Adobe's next-generation, cross-OS client.

In short we had the whole megillah - all packed into one of those 12-hour days that we do best, and all simulcast on SYS-CON.TV through all 150,000 pages of the site. But it's no good hearing it from the Conference Chair: we'll let the blogosphere speak for itself! Here are just a handful of postings:

Blogging from FlexSeminar, NY (arpit)

Well, here I am, or rather have been for the last 5 hours, at the Roosevelt hotel, attending the Real World Flex Seminar.. What's it been like? demos….loooots of demos. And thats exactly what I came for. Seeing some of the apps that adobe has developed has been pretty interesting. Some interesting apps I have seen are a complete CMS system (
ShadoCMS) and a ColdFusion Framework for writing Flex apps based on CF backends. Not that many other application vendors although there are a bunch of consulting houses out here. Got a few doubts cleared for FlexAmp v2 ;) .

To all who attended, either in person yesterday or virtually via SYS-CON.TV, let me offer the thanks of the entire "Real-World Flex" team for your interest and support. It seems to me you are in on the ground floor of one of the most exciting new buildings in enterprise computing for a long time.





Adobe's David Mendels tells the sold-out audience why it's a great time to be a Flex Developer


SYS-CON Events Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan and
Adobe's Group Manager for Product Marketing Steve Rotter


Real World Flex Seminar Conference Registration Opens at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City



Real-World Flex Seminar Attendees Enjoying Breakfast Before the Opening Keynote


Seminar Attendees Crowd Around to Learn About the Latest in Flex-related technologies such as ZoomFLEX



Event Partner Adobe Shows Off the Latest on Flex


Omniture shows users how to optimize the Web 2.0 Experience


Midnight Coders presents the WebORB Presentation Server


Universal Mind - high impact consulting - now hiring!


Cynergy Systems demonstrates the LookFirst Approach


The Real-World Flex Seminar Open Keynote Begins!


Adobe's David Mendels tells the sold-out audience why it's a great time to be a Flex Developer


A Standing-Room Only Crowd Packs the Opening Keynote


David Mendels Gives an Exclusive Sneak Peak at Adobe Apollo



Two Flex Masters - Adobe's Christophe Coenraets and David Mendels


Yakov Fain and Dr. Victor Rasputnis Speak on Flex and Java


Yakov Fain and Dr. Victor Rasputnis


Christophe Coenraets speaks on the Flex User Experience



Adobe's Eric Anderson - speaking on Flex Data Services


Cynergy System's Dave Wolf Speaking on "Front-to-Back" Development"


Jesse Randall Warden sounds off on the winning combo of Flash & Flex


Jesse Randall Warden and SYS-CON Events' Jeremy Geelan


Fumi Matsumoto speaks on Building RIA Consumer Shopping Experiences


Jeremy Geelan introduces ESRI's Mansour Raad who showed off the power of Flex
mashing up with real world mapping applications.



Luis Polanco gives the audience a sneak peak at Adobe's upcoming Apollo technology...


Closing out the day, the Real-World Flex Power Panel featuring
Cynergy System's Dave Wolf, Adobe's David Mendels, Panel Moderator Jeremy Geelan,
the NY Flex User Group's Shlomy Gantz and Midnight Coder's Mark Piller

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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