San Dimas Beta goes Live

11 06 2007

We have it on authoritay that the San Dimas Beta is going beta with invites to go out today. Can’t wait to see what people think of it…


Adobe Goes Crazygonuts

10 06 2007

Look at all these announcements:

I mean, could we handle even one more announcement at this point? I’m up in the Air about that.


With the all the activity on Twitter, we really got an Airfull from Adobe. Wait, that sounded like Brad

Now what do we re-name Artemis? Breeze? whoops… How about Hot Air? I like it!

Project San Dimas Update

30 05 2007

The fine folks at Project San Dimas have some cool new stuff up, like a charity auction and FAQs about the project. Check it out…

Sandimas project in public beta

19 04 2007

One of the announcements I’m behind on is that the eBay desktop app, codenamed San Dimas is ready for public beta. Check it out. Comment on the blog.

Apollo’s update framework is pretty sweet, so as we release changes you can quickly get the new version with pretty much no effort. We’re looking at adding bug reporting now, so we can make sure that we get the right feedback from users. Changing the face of eBay. Good Times.

Artemis BoF at Web 2.0 Expo

13 04 2007

If you’re going to Web 2.0 next week check out the Artemis BoF I’ll be hosting.

I’m going to try to make it a quick presentation followed by lots of discussion with you guys about what you want Artemis to be – what kind of things you want to do that Artemis would enable.

Somebody’s Nocking…

13 04 2007


17 03 2007

A few co-workers, Sean Christmann, Adam Flater and I at effectiveUI have been working on a project to extend and enhance Adobe’s Apollo by connecting it with Java. Our very own Sean Christmann, demo-ed what we have so far at Apollo Camp last night. Sean, formerly a mere padawan learner is now a Jedi Knight as proved by this video. Impressive! Very Impressive…

You can learn more about Artemis here, but I’ll give a quick rundown in delicious blog form right now.

First off, the name says it all: Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo in Greek mythology. That’s the idea of the project – it sets up Apollo to work along side Java and vice versa. When both these technologies are released the experience will be as seamless as starting any other Apollo application but by using Artemis a developer can tap into the power of any Java library to do anything Java can do. Access peripheral devices, load native libraries, transform xml using xslt, connect to a database with jdbc, ect.

Think of it like this: Let Java do what it’s already good at, and let Flex/Flash with Apollo do what it’s good at. Think of how cool Java applications will look and work now that Apollo can be the front end to anything you can write in Java. Burn your Grid Bags! Everyone who’s used e4x in Flex knows how great a step forward it is, but perhaps wants something more, like xslt support – especially now that html is supported in Apollo. Java already has libraries to do that – now you can use them.

The big idea here though is the community behind the project. Artemis is also a library framework along the lines of something like a java servelet container. Developers will be able to write and publish the Java and Flex components that make up an Artemis library at the Artemis Website. These libraries will make it easy for other developers to make use of the technology I’ve mentioned and more that I’ve not even thought of. When someone needs to do something a little crazy in Apollo, the first place they’ll look is to Artemis to see if there’s already a library that makes it trivial.

Keep in mind that Artemis is in alpha, which is one step further along from pie in the sky. We’ll make it come together with your help as we get ideas for what the community wants out of it. Keep an eye on and speak up once we get some forum action up there. Let us know the kinds of things you want to be able to do with Apollo, and as more information and tutorials become available, start making those ideas into libraries we can all use.

It’s a very exciting time. Keep in touch as we get this thing going.