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So a lot of work was done last weekend, and 11 applications were launched and demoed to a live audience. Many developers built their very first Facebook application and launched it on a super compressed schedule.

Many of us are still recovering from the intense weekend, and that explains why our blog didn’t update quickly to describe the events of Sunday. We apologize for that. In the next few days we’ll upload a lot of videos and we’ll describe the applications that launched and the lessons we learned.

So the weekend is over, but work on our applications isn’t. Now that we have applications online, it’s time to tweak and update and add features. We’ll try to schedule follow up meetings to exchange experiences, and to strengthen our network. We’ll also work on enhancing our ad-exchange program to benefit all teams. Keep checking this blog in the next few days for more updates and to watch the weekend videos.

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Alex Notov, editor gave a quick talk on the value of using Adobe Flex for developing Facebook applications. Flex 2 is a cross-platform development framework for creating rich Internet applications (RIAs).

Alex gave over 20 different reasons for using Flex, but here are my top three from his presentation.

  • Cross browser compatibility
  • Graphics easier to create/manipulate, no need for DOM based GUI manipulation
  • Build once, deploy to many. (blogs, widgets, Bebo, Myspace.)

Is learning Flex easy? Alex says YES, if you know object oriented programming languages like Java and C++. You can get started with the Flex Builder IDE that makes development easy.

Alex demo’ed two Facebook applications using Flex:

OneClick Pay – “OneClick Pay lets you perform secure payments online — for free.”

Home Builder (not released yet) – Users drag and drop furniture into a room.

Thanks to Adobe for giving away 2 copies of Flex Builder 3 Pro to the attendees.