- It’ll be an excellent three days, full of clever people doing absolutely amazing stuff with what is after all just a glorified internet eye-candy and annoying advert-pushing package.
- It’ll sell out out before the day, so don’t dally in getting your tickets.
I have a love-hate with Flash. I hate and despise Flash-only websites and the really annoying Flash-based adverts that the likes of Sky and Channel 4 force upon us. I consider the flashblock add-on for Firefox to be one of the best add-ons ever therefore. Yet at the same time, I’ve spent the last year of my life writing ActionScript code for what will hopefully develop into a brilliant product from Eurotherm, and I’m moving on in a couple of weeks to write Flex code (amongst other things) for Enigma Data Solutions.
Given my position on Flash, I approached last year’s Flash on the Beach with no small degree of trepidation. But I had a great time and learned a hell of a lot from some scarily clever and a little unhinged people doing some of the presentations (I learned humility mainly).
Sadly it looks as if we’ll be denied an Aral Balkan talk this year (I guess he’s a bit wrapped up in planning Singularity). Aral is worth catching doing a speech BTW. Anyone who can spend half of a one hour talk telling us about himself, then spend 10 minutes of it rebooting his MacBook (due to a cock-up with the network, rather than his laptop) and yet still have his audience feel we’d learned some useful stuff is worth listening to. However, despite Aral’s probable absence, the speaker list is still shaping up to be a good one.
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Both John Davies (the FOTB organiser) and Aral himself with his comments below – thanks Aral – have confirmed that the latter will be speaking at this year’s FOTB after all. Here’s hoping it’s a good one…