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Technical Evangelist for Flex James Ward, Adobe

Technical Evangelist for Flex James  Ward

James Ward is a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe and Adobe's JCP representative to JSR 286, 299, and 301.

Much like his love for climbing mountains he enjoys programming because it provides endless new discoveries, elegant workarounds, summits and valleys. His adventures in climbing have taken him many places.

Likewise, technology has brought him many adventures, including: Pascal and Assembly back in the early 90's; Perl, HTML, and JavaScript in the mid 90's; then Java and many of it's frameworks beginning in the late 90's.

Today he primarily uses Flex to build beautiful front-ends for Java based back-ends. Prior to Adobe, James built a rich marketing and customer service portal for Pillar Data Systems.

Presentation: "Architecture of a Rich Internet Application (RIA)"

Time: Tuesday 13:20 - 14:10

Location: Lille Sal

Abstract: Come listen to leading RIA experts from Microsoft and Adobe discuss many of the best and worst practices in building a RIA (Rich Internet Application) covering topics like state management, fault tolerance, service composition, communications protocols, message formats and much more. This session will also cover the architectural patterns that are available in RIA development and in which scenarios each would be applicable.

Presentation: "Developing RIAs using Adobe AIR & Flex"

Time: Tuesday 14:40 - 15:30

Location: Lille Sal

Abstract: Building software that users love is usually a challenging endeavor. The open source Flex SDK technology helps developers easily build rich, sexy software - for the web and the desktop. Flex applications can run in the browser using the ubiquitous Flash Player or on the Desktop using the new Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). This session will cover the basics of using Flex to build sexy software for the web and the desktop.

Presentation: "Data Synchronization for Rich Internet Applications"

Track: Sync

Time: Wednesday 10:30 - 11:20

Location: Rytmisk Sal

Abstract: Known as Rich Internet Applications a new class of software is gaining momentum. But as new technologies emerge so do new problems. Being more like the client-server architecture than the web architecture these applications must address problems like data sync, perhaps even for offline use cases. What are the solutions that exist in the RIA world to handle this age-old problem? With Flex-based RIAs there are a few solutions including the Data Management Service in Adobe's LiveCycle Data Services product. This session will explore and compare the Data Management Service with other alternatives. Comparisons will be done with live code rather than PowerPoint. Attendees will walk away with knowledge about how they can begin building RIAs which do data synchronization.