”My Home” in the semi-finals for Adobe MAX Awards 2008 ! (2)

I have just been informed that “My Home – Your Intelligent Home” has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Adobe MAX Awards 2008 competition !

In close competition with hundreds of other applications from all over the world, the judging panel has selected My Home to participate with a few other selected applications about becoming this year’s best products build on Adobe technologies.

It actually came as a surprise to the team that they actually selected My Home at this point, seeing that we are about to launch a major update with a completely new look, loads of new cool features as well as having given the entire application a massive overhaul in regards to improving performance… all things that will NOT be available online until after the 1st of October 2008 when the system launches and we remove the BETA sign… J

This effectively means that the judging panel has NOT taken into consideration the months of work that the team has put into taking the My Home to the next level.

It’s a truly great honor for the Danish Electricity Saving Trust and HelloGroup… that these two organization’s collaborative effort, even at such an early stage in the relative long expected lifespan of the My Home project, have received this kind of worldwide recognition and attention is a true testimony to the fact that our humble organization most certainly is among the “upfront’est” in the new media playing field and that one can do everything if one set one’s mind to it !

”My Home” in the semi-finals for Adobe MAX Awards 2008 !

The application on which I am currently working has gone through to the semi-finals for this year’s Adobe MAX Awards !

It’s a groundbreaking application in many ways which is being developed for one of the most visionary institutions in Denmark. The organization is the Danish Electricity Saving Trust which is a department under the Danish Ministry of the Environment.

You can read more about the actual project here…

In the first phase “My Home” offers savings advice for all your appliances including tips such as how you can save power by using appliances better, and whether it’s a good idea to replace them with new and more energy efficient equivalents.… in the second phase My Home will become a technological platform for the intelligent home and will operate as a control centre for your appliances and electrical equipment.

Check it out…


Enterprise Resource Management for Adobe Flex

One of the major challenges with building localized enterprise systems on Adobe Flex is to decide how to manage the resources and properties for the application.

The initial way we did this was to compile the resource bundles into distinct localized SWF’s that would be loaded at runtime depending on which locale the application was set to. This approach has some benefits, but definitely also has some drawbacks as the number of resources grow.

As a response to an ever increasing number of resources we need to support our ever increasing complex applications, we have at Hello created a resource management application that delivers the resources through a set of REST services that serves XML to the client that eventually are loaded into the resource manager.

Besides of facilitating editorial staff and text-writers to maintain the “static” texts in an application easier than through the use of the ordinary SWF based resource bundle sets, it has proved to reduce the development cycle with a couple of steps as well reducing the effort required by the developers to create the texts in the first place.

Through a set of search and simple filter-functions, it’s made possible for the editorial staff to find a certain resource easily and hence modify the texts without any knowledge of the inner layout and structure of the application, but merely by observing it…

I’m going to be writing more about this killer-app which makes the development and maintenance of localized enterprise applications much easier than it’s the case with the build-in localization support in Adobe Flex.

Versions – Mac Subversion Client

For those on OS X who haven’t found Versions yet, it’s a great Subversion client for Mac.

At the moment the product is still in beta, each installation coming with a time limitation (usually replaced for free with another beta). Once released you’ll be able to buy Versions, unfortunately there’s no really info on what sort of price we can expect.

If you looking for a great GUI for Subversion for Mac, Versions is definitely worth downloading and take for a spin… however it’s going to take some effort to compete with Tortoise for Windows PC’s which still seems to be the best SVN client with a GUI.

Danish Adobe Flex Campaign Site

Adobe Denmark has recently launched a Danish Adobe Flex Campaign site…

It’s not all that clear what the idea is, but besides the misspelling of Flec (sorry, I mean “Flex”) the coloring scheme is bold… on the edge of challenging… and the message is not that clear… I was hoping to have a Danish site to direct Danish clients to so that Adobe Flex could become more clear for the average business decision-maker out there… however, this site is just not going to cut it… we need good information to be able to deliver the message, but this is not that useful as it makes Flex look unserious and flaky.

Check it out yourself…