Apache Flex Committer

Having been on vacation – I’m a bit late in posting this… but last week was invited to join Apache Flex as a committer. I accepted :)

The Apache Flex PMC is excited to welcome Joseph Labrecque as our newest committer! Joseph has been steadily contributing to the Flash and Flex community for several years. He is very well known in the learning and conference speaking circuits as well.

Please join us in welcoming him as a committer to the Apache Flex project.

So what will I be contributing to the project? Not quite sure yet – though I am open to anything that comes my way and have this year produced a number of video tutorials on getting started with Apache Flex, IntelliJ IDEA, Starling, Feathers, and more. Was happy to hear also that Ben Forta called out this series a few months back!


So if interested in how you can use Flex with IntelliJ – check out the tutorials:

Also be sure to visit the Apache Flex website!

Speaking at Adobe MAX 2015

Adobe MAX October 3-7, 2015, Los Angeles, CA

Adobe has announced the initial set of speakers for MAX 2015 and I am happily involved with both a session and a lab! While I have spoken at a number of past MAX sessions, I have never done a lab before – so this is something I am very excited about.

So what are my sessions about? ADOBE FLASH PROFESSIONAL CC is what!


Last year I took a break from MAX… having been present at every MAX since 2008, I was okay with this. This year I return refreshed and energized – I’m pumped on Flash! The amount of enhancements in creative tooling and extended platform support in Flash Professional really has me positive around the tool and associated platforms. I have been saying this since late last year and 2015 continues to be a great year for Flash!

Have a look at all the MAX sessions for 2015… be sure to register for mine… and by all means – say hello :)


S4556 – Giving Flash Professional Another Look
Joseph Labrecque – Senior Interactive Software Engineer, University of Denver

See how Flash Professional CC lets you create assets and animations for virtually any use case, device, browser or platform. Too often, users confuse the Flash Professional application with the Flash runtimes and believe they can target only certain browsers and devices with their content. Not so! Adobe has been enhancing the creative toolset within Flash Professional while building support for custom platforms. Get current with the modern, creative capabilities of this amazing tool.

This session will explore:

  • An overview of the latest features
  • Hidden techniques for creating assets and animations
  • How to easily apply your creativity across any screen

L4555 – Unleashing the Creative Power of Flash Professional CC
Joseph Labrecque – Senior Interactive Software Engineer, University of Denver

Need to get up to speed on the tooling in Flash Professional CC for your client and creative work? Maybe you need to target the web, iOS and Android devices, HD video and print. Great news: Flash Professional CC has been enhanced to expand upon the traditional Flash runtime targets and reach the native web through HTML5 Canvas and WebGL (and more) to help all types of use cases for desktop, mobile and beyond.

During this lab, you’ll learn:

  • The new creative Flash Professional CC tooling
  • How that tooling fits in the workflow industry professionals have come to rely upon when creating assets and animation for television, games, the web and more
  • How to generate assets in Flash Professional and reuse them across a variety of creative projects and platforms

Adobe EdEx Group: Flash Exchange!


Flash Exchange is a group for discussion and resource sharing around the Adobe Flash Platform with a focus on education and educators.

All Flash-related content and interest is welcome: Flash Professional CC, Flash Player, AIR, HTML5 Canvas and WebGL, animation, creative tooling, Adobe Connect, Adobe Media Server, ActionScript, JavaScript, Flex, Starling, Feathers, Away3D, mobile development, apps, games, video streaming, et cetera…



More about the Adobe Education Exchange:
The Adobe Education Exchange is your online hub to help ignite creativity in your classroom. With instructional resources, professional development, and peer-to-peer collaboration, you’ll find the support you need here.

Creative Cloud Event Denver 2014 – RECAP!


On July 10th, 2014 – I had the pleasure of presenting alongside fellow Denverite Paul Trani for the Denver Creative Cloud Event. Thanks to all who came out to learn about much of what is new in Creative Cloud! It might be surprising to some, but in the 3 hours given, we were barely able to scratch the surface of everything that is new in this 2014 milestone.

We had a full house at the venue – and below are a few photos of the event and its aftermath.

The Create Now 2014 Denver crowd!
The Create Now 2014 Denver crowd!
Preparing for the presentations! (photo by Leslie Labrecque)
Preparing for the presentations! (photo by Leslie Labrecque)
A celebratory absinthe!
A celebratory absinthe!

Have photos from the event? Please share in the comments!

EC3 Contributor Interview: Jeffry Houser


Please start by telling us your name, the name of your project (if different), and any other contributors that make up the project as a whole.

I’m Jeffry Houser. I don’t have a project so much anymore, in that I just sometimes write and record songs for fun. Flying Closer to the Sun was one of the songs I wrote for February Album Writing Month. The purpose is to write and record a full album during the month of February. I wrote 19 songs; some good some bad. This is one of my favorites. All the recordings are here: http://fawm.org/fawmers/reboog711/.

What is the history of your particular aural endeavors? How did you get started working in this area?

When I graduated high school and went off to college I decided I wanted to learn guitar. So I rented one to bring with me. I spent four hours a day during my first semester learning every Nirvana song. Then I started writing stuff on my own. That lead to being in a band, called Lonely In Silence that was a powerful alt rock band. But, since love is often close to hate; we could barely stand each other and the band broke up. We had some awesome songs and it saddens me that many are not captured on tape in top form.

Later; I started an acoustic rock band called Far Cry Fly (http://www.farcryfly.com/) and our albums are up on Archive.org for all to download and enjoy. The band isn’t active formally, but ever once in a while we get together and record.

Tell us about your track for EC3. What is the creative process like for you?

Flying Closer to the Sun was written in the final days of February 2014. I had already completed 14 songs for February Album Writing Month and decided to sit down and see what I could come up with. Over the course of two days, I wrote three songs and this was one of them and it stuck with me.

To write; I often pick up the guitar and start playing. The lyrics come off the guitar riff. Then I pace together an arrangement and record it with guitar and scratch vocals. I’ll often replace the scratch vocals and do overdubs. This song is less produced than some of my others.

What sort of technologies and creative solutions do you enjoy working with? What does your primary work involve?

I run my own consulting business, so I jump around between projects and clients a lot. These days about half my ‘work’ is still based on Adobe Flex and the other half is HTML5 with AngularJS. I’ve put a lot of time over the past few years into learning AngularJS and recently released an AngularJS training course for Flex Developers (http://www.lifeafterflex.com). I’m really lucky in that I’ve been able to find multiple clients willing to give me the flexibility to explore different technologies.

My real desire is to do more mobile development, so I expect to focus my education efforts on that over the next year or so.

The Emergent Collective series was established to highlight people in the community who work in creative technologies and also produce music (not that these efforts are so dissimilar). How did you get involved in this Emergent Collective compilation?

I think I saw a tweet and the timing worked out in my schedule. I avoided it in past years due to other commitments, both personal and professional. This year the stars just aligned.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Projects you are working on or future appearances?

Nothing musical; but be sure to check out my AngularJS training course for Flex Developers at http://www.lifeafterflex.com. The books are available for free and for a bit more there are over 6 hours of screencasts on AngularJs. Even if you don’t know Flex; I’m told the Angular piece could stand alone.

The best way to find out what I’m up to is to watch me on twitter (reboog711) or follow my personal blog (www.jeffryhouser.com).

Emergent Collective Three
Listen to Jeffry Houser and others on Emergent Collective Three.