"Frameworks are Bad, OK?" at 360Flex in Denver

Here is the pdf of the slides of my talk on "Frameworks are Bad, OK?" at 360Flex unconference in Denver USA. Download a PDF of my talk (1.4 MB) and here the sample Flex application implementing MVC without using a framework.

Any questions on my talk just comment below or email me.

Speaking at 360|Flex Unconference in Denver in April

360|Flex is just around the corner and it's looks like an amazing conference this year, there are more than 50 sessions, a full day of training, birds of a feather mettings and even a code war. Lake a look at the schedule to see this year amazing lineup. I'm going to be speaking at the unconference.

Frameworks Are Bad, OK?

I'll be talking about the dangers of framework use, the issues you run into when using them and reasons NOT to use them. But it's not all bad news, I'll also be taking about how to use them effectively.

I'll go into a bit of teaching theory, Dreyfus model, Lmode vs Rmode thinking, what it takes to become an expert at something and why coders of different skills have different needs and work differently.

My (possibly) controversial view is that reliance on frameworks and how they are typically used stops developers (especially those starting out) gaining real experience and skills.

I want to thank RMAUG (Rocky Mountain Adobe Users Group) for organising the unconference and for letting me speak.

I've not been to Denver before and looking forward to seeing the sights and catching up with everyone. See you at 360|Flex.

360|Flex Washington DC 2010 Review

This is my third 360|Flex event that I've attended, the others (that I spoke at) were 360|Flex unconference at Adobe MAX last year and 360|Flex San Jose earlier this year.

It was actually nice not to speak for a change. I got a lot more out of this conference than other conferences I've been to in recent times. The 360|Flex speakers are the best in their field and the sessions go into a lot of depth. There were a couple of unusual sessions this year as well.


360|Flex San Jose 2010 Review

It was my first 360|Flex event that I've attended (other than speaking at the 360|Flex unconference at Adobe MAX last year) and it met all my expectations and more.

My hands-on connecting hardware to Flex all day session on Sunday was filled to capacity (40 people) I got great feedback from it and everyone got to take home an Arduino and a components kit (thanks to the sponsors of 360Flex and SparkFun). So anyone who was on the course tell me what you've done with it or what your plans are and if you need any help or inspiration contact me.


Speaking at 360|Flex in San Jose in March

I will be speaking or rather running a one day course on how to connect the Arduino hardware platform to Flex at 360|Flex in San Jose (March 7th-10th).