Java and Flex with James Ward

The Detroit Java User Group is very pleased to announce a special event, Java and Flex with James Ward, on August 19, 2023 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. The meeting will be held at ePrize, One ePrize Drive, in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan (map).

Building highly interactive software that users love to use is usually a challenging endeavor. However, the open source Flex SDK and Java are a perfect combination of technologies for building very rich and highly interactive software for the Web and the desktop.

The communication between the Java back-end and Flex front-end can utilize a number of different communication protocols, but the easiest and best performing is the open source BlazeDS library.

This session covers the fundamentals of using Flex, Java, Spring, and BlazeDS to build rich and highly interactive software for the web and the desktop.

James Ward is a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe and Adobe’s JCP representative to JSR 286, 299, and 301. Much like his love for climbing mountains he enjoys programming because it provides endless new discoveries, elegant workarounds, summits and valleys. His adventures in climbing have taken him many places.

Likewise, technology has brought him many adventures, including:

  • Pascal and Assembly back in the early 90’s
  • Perl, HTML, JavaScript in the mid 90’s;
  • then Java and many of it’s frameworks beginning in the late 90’s.

Today he primarily uses Flex to build beautiful front-ends for Java based back-ends. Prior to Adobe, James built a rich marketing
and customer service portal for Pillar Data Systems.

Our meetings are free and open to the public. Space is limited; please RSVP: mckinnon.david [at]

Food and beverages sponsored by The Epitec Group. Prizes provided by O’Reilly Media and Manning Publishing.