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June 2010 Auckland Flash Platform User Group Recap

This month’s Auckland Flash Platform User Group Meetup began with a show-and-tell by the group’s usual host, VisFleet. CTO Aisha Fenton explained the business-side of VisFleet’s vWork software, a web-based task management application that allows a dispatcher to disseminate jobs to remote workers, who can log in via an iPhone app. Aisha provided an overview and demonstration of the software. Rasheed Abdul-Aziz then delved into the technology behind the application, which utilizes Robotlegs and the Flex framework. Rasheed mentioned Hudson CI for continuous integration, GitHub for source control and collaborative development, and Charles Web Proxy, a tool for analyzing HTTP data. Charles has some local fame, as it is developed by Auckland-based Cactus Labs.

After pizza Jove Lam, of TVNZ, demoed a Flash application he helped create for the Sony PS3 in-game browser to view on-demand content. Called TVNZ OnDemand the application featured an intuitive columnar layout for browsing content in different categories. On first impression it was not apparent that the application was essentially a full-screen Flash website. In his presentation, Jove mentioned the Open Source Media Framework (OSMF).