Weeks after The Actionscript Conference in Singapore I can sum up all good things we’ve got and experienced there. TAC was event organized by Flex User Group Singapore. FUG Singapore is focus on Actionscript, Flex and Flash and other related services and server-side technologies. This was a first conference I’ve attended and spoke at, so I surely cannot be objective enough, but I think that most of the speakers and attendees would agree TAC was a huge success.
At the start of the conference Hu Shunjie talked about Passion. Nice way to present actionscript community. It really relies on passion and inspiration from the very beginning and it feels strong even 10 years later.
In series of presentations of really great speaker line-up attendees could hear and see a lot of new Flash Player 10 features (Lee Brimelow), API references, Web Services, AIR developement (Marco Casario, Peter Elst).
PowerFlasher team had great presentation about their FDT Actionscript IDE. Micheal Plank demonstrated powerfull FDT features and speedcoding which gives you freedom. Micheal had great workshop also day before conference, demonstrating workflow that FDT makes possible using ANT compiling, SWC and SWF linking and a lot more…
Mohammed Khan had only presentation that was more design oriented. It was very good to hear a little introspective in designer developer workflow in Flex and where it should be in time that comes.
Prayank Swaroop presented BlazeDS, server-based Java remoting and web messaging technology. It is free solution and seems to me more and more used in Flex project because of it.
Most amazing presentation was given by Stefan Wessels, a Flash Lite guru. He presented Flash Lite from the perspective of the Darth Vader and the dark side. Seems like Flash Lite really inspires and through his inspirational talk he invited as to join the dark side, creating Flash Lite content, which is not so widespread…
I gave my presentation at the end of the day. I am not sure how it looked like but from my point of view I would be happy if people could remember few important things that connects Flash Platform and Socialnetworking. Flash is great platform for developing, present at more than 90% of internet enabled devices. It is fairly easy and cost-free platform. It support all socialnetworking interactions but lacks in SEO and semantic web which will mean a lot in future. My slides are available at SlideShare
Pictures from the conference at Flickr
Lee Brimelow video report
Interviews with some of the speakers
Great news is that preparation for next TAC has already started. Organisers should consider 2 days instead of one, so people can talk more, and focus more on speeches. Anyway, this was a boost I hope for Singapore Actionscript community which I am proud to be a part of.