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Notes on FlashForward 2003, San Francisco

My impressions from the FlashForward conference, in a nutshell: things are changing. Both the presentations and the attendees of the FlashForward conference have changed. Less showing off, and more “big picture” framing. I took a lot of notes, over three days. Here are a few points that I think may play together well.

On the first day, Colin Moock took us on a wild ride through code and theory. He prepares great lecture notes, and publishes them on his website. Even with a rigorous approach to actionScript, he suggests that we don’t get hung up on doing things “the right way.”

  • An interesting phrase: "a room can group clients."

Jonathan Kaye's session covered simulations. His version of CMV is User interface, Control object, Model layer. He centralizes coordination of interface elements, and advocates using state charts.

  • Trend Mentioned: a move toward simulation based assessment replacing multiple choice.

Josh Cavalier ran his session on e-learning with lots of audience participation. One topic discussed was engaging the user with very dry material? A number of suggestions were made: avatars, using color, give a pre-test and send student to info they need, provide an index with path to info user is looking for.

  • Resource Recommended: merlot.org for e-learning components (educational content),.

Dave Yang touched on design patterns, as "recurring solutions for identifying and solving problems". He challenged us to look for patterns that are unique to flash.

One of my favorite sessions was Tim O'Reilly's. Wow! I have a new hero. He said there's a paradigm shift in progress. With online/offline operations, and inter-application coordination via XML messaging, the internet will be the operating system of the future. Some key points from his presentation:

  • Make it easy for others to develop on top of what you do-think "view source".

  • Open source is about low barriers to innovation.

  • Play well with others and have fun.


Colin's notes are once again wonderful, insightful and well-written! Gotta love Colin :) Sounds like FF was a lot more about the serious side of Flash than about the fun side of Flash? No 123Klan/Vectorlounge hiphop party with 'masters of Flash' showing some 'groovy' stuff? :)