Devoxx is unfortunately over but it was, as usual, awesome! Congratulations once again to the Devoxx team for their hard work and a fantastic result. I am really glad where the conference is going as this year it wasn’t only about Java. We thus got sessions on Flex, Silverlight, Groovy, Android… I can’t wait to go back next year to discover what else we’re gonna see.
Although I didn’t attend many sessions this week I really enjoyed what I saw about Flex. The ease with which you can apply animations, transitions and other various effects to live widgets is, not surprisingly, very appealing to me. Chet most notably showed how to apply PixelBender shaders to widgets and I can’t wait to give this a try. Benjamin also demonstrated his amazing Parleys Publisher tool, a video editing tool written in Flex/AIR. This tool can analyze a video stream and detect where the speaker changes slides to automatically create chapters. I would love to see the source code of that app.
I also enjoyed the session about Parleys.com, where Stephan presented various implementations of the Parleys.com player in Flex, GWT, JavaFX and iPhone. I was surprised and impressed by the visual quality of the GWT app, which was very close to the JavaFX version (the Flex implementation is one version ahead and richer, both in terms of visuals and features.) You can go try the current parleys player on parleys.com.
If you never went to Devoxx (well, JavaPolis), you really should try to go next year. It is a great event where you can meet very interesting people and enjoy Belgium beer.