On Thursday, Adobe User Group Indonesia held a one-day FlashCamp at Budi Luhur University in South Jakarta. The event was primarily geared for students, but it nevertheless attracted around 400 attendees including developers, designers, and programmers, some of who traveled from outside the city.
The event featured eight speakers including Adobe platform evangelist Tomas Krcha, who was also at last week’s BlackBerry DEVCON Asia. Other speakers include Ahmad Fathi Hadi, Ari Setyo, Anggie Baratadinata, Tubagus Saepul Anwar, Nata Chen, Nova Saputra, and Rizal Akbar, covering all manners of Flash development including Java integration.
The event opened quite early at 8am with a speech from the dean of the university, immediately followed by Java developer Nova Saputra talking about bringing Flash, Flex and AIR into a Java web application using AdobeBlazeDS.
Ahmad Fathi and Nata Chen brought up ways to arrange a workflow for designers and developers using the Flash platform as well as a demo on web development using Flash Catalyst.
Ari Setyo, whose media player app Gamelan made it into our Asia’s Top 50 Apps last year spoke about using Adobe AIR to create a mashup app for various services, in particular, one that grabs posts from Twitter as well as track lists from Last.FM using each respective API.
After the lunch break, the camp continued with Anggie Bratadinata talking about Virtual World with AS3isolib, followed by one of the most awaited sessions which was PlayBook app development using AIR 2.5 and QNX SDK by Tubagus Anwar. The final session was on developing augmented reality apps and environment by Rizal Akbar.
While the event was packed, it unfortunately was devoid of any workshops and classes. The entire day was spent inside the campus auditorium and felt more like a series of lectures. The lack of hands on sessions probably took a bit out of what was otherwise a highly technical event.
Another issue was the fact that the stage was almost completely covered in sunlight which means most of the presentation slides were barely visible. The massive stage created quite a distance both literally and figuratively between the speakers and audience. Nevertheless, the attendees seemed quite engaged and had plenty of questions to ask following each session.
e27 and dailysocial shared an interview session with Tomas Krcha during the break. Krcha had a few words about the event as well as his impressions on developing apps for PlayBook using AIR platform.
e27 is a media partner of Adobe Flashcamp Jakarta
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