In this episode we talk with another Drunk on Software favorite, Stephan Janssen. Stephan is the founder the Devoxx conference (formerly JavaPolis) held annually in Belgium. Devoxx is currently the second largest Java conference, behind only JavaOne. In addition to his work on the Devoxx conference, Stephan is the founder and lead engineer of Parleys.com. Parleys is a RIA platform for delivering online learning resources, such as videos, podcasts, slides, etc.
We caught-up with Stephan at the QCon conference in San Francisco, where he was speaking on RIA in the real world. In the episode we talk about Devoxx, Parleys, and the current state of the RIA world.
On a recent project Jon discovered some performance issues with ArrayCollections in Flex. In this episode we discuss some of the realities of working with large data sets in Flex. For additional details read Jon’s blog about the performance problems with ArrayCollection and check out the associated bug in Flex’s bug db. We’ve also put together two Flex demos that illustrate the performance issues:
In this episode we interview Stu Stern of Gorilla Logic. Stu and Gorilla Logic recently launched FlexMonkey, a record / playback testing tool for Flex applications. Stu discusses the in-and-outs of FlexMonkey, and how it differs from other Flex testing tools. In addition, Stu dialogs with us on the conceptual and religious aspects of software testing.
BTW: We continue to learn more about the video making process. The sound and light is better in this episode but we did forget to turn off our cell phones which causes that annoying occasional noise. Bare with us as we continue to improve the quality and substance of these videos.
BTW2: You will notice that in this video we reference “Scotch Talk” which was what we planned on calling this before we came up with the “Drunk on Software” name.
Welcome to the first episode of Drunk on Software – a new video podcast where James Ward and Jon Rose get together to discuss all aspects of software and share beverages.
In this episode Jon interviews James on the October 2008 release of Flash Player 10. James shares details about the four primary advancements that are of interest to software developers: Pixel Bender, 3D Effects, Advanced Text Layout, and changes to File Reference API.
[Update: We’ve moved to blip.tv which has an iTunes feed.]
For this episode we are trying the Viddler.com video hosting site. In the future we will also setup an iTunes feed and may publish audio only versions. Let us know how this video works and what other formats and technologies you would like us to use.