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friendsofed.com Hosed!

Unfortunately, friendsofed.com is unavailable!

Where you could normally see tons of information on books they had published, code downloads associated with those books and more, stands a page advertising domain renewal services. This is what the page looks like today –

friendsofed.com Hosed!

friendsofed.com Hosed!

I was made aware of this rather awkward situation by readers of my book Advanced Flex 3. The site is down means they can’t get hold of the code for the examples in the book anymore. Oops! that no good.

So I am writing to inform all my readers of the following:

  • I don’t know why the site is down but my guess is that it relates to some administrative goof-up. If you read the top  right corner of the current page, it says — “friendsofed.com expired on 2/15/2009 and is pending renewal or deletion“. Don’t worry I am hopeful normalcy will be restored soon. I sent a mail out to the publishers asking what happened. If I get to know why this has happened and when things will be back, then I will share that information with you for sure.
  • I have setup a GitHub repository for the Advanced Flex 3 source code. The URL to the repository is: http://github.com/tshanky/advancedflex3. Its empty now but things should be there soon. In the near future I will co-ordinate with my co-authors and publishers and try and get the entire code up there. Then not only will you have an alternative place to grab the code  from but it would also be possible for that code to continue to evolve.

Thats all for now. Thanks for your patience.

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I am a technology entrepreneur, innovator, author and, as some say, a “thought leader”. I like to solve challenging computing problems, especially those that drive innovation. Being a polyglot programmer, I can program fluently in many languages, including Java, Python, C++, C, Ruby, ActionScript, JavaScript, Objective-C, Haskell, Scala, Clojure, PHP, Groovy, Lisp and Perl. I must admit that I like to learn programming languages and if there is a new interesting one coming, I wouldn’t be far behind getting to grips with it. Over the last many years I have built some cutting edge enterprise and consumer software applications, many of which have leveraged large data sets and the web based programming paradigms. This means I also know a lot about data bases and persistence. I am very conversant with relational databases, embedded databases, object databases, text based data and XML. Having leveraged web based programming paradigms, I have first hand experience with a lot of web development frameworks, including but not limited to Adobe Flex, Spring MVC, Rails, Grails and Django. Not to forget, I obviously have worked a lot with HTML, JS and CSS. My experience and interest are varied and diverse and range a wide spectrum of application development realms that include the server, the client and the middleware. Besides, programming, I am also deeply interested in mathematics and theoretical computer science. This motivates me to bring my knowledge of applied mathematics, statistical modeling, artificial intelligence and sometimes simply data structures, to good use, when I build applications. A couple of domains like financial mathematics and scientific computing seem to have been good fit for such expertise. I am an ardent supporter of open source software and try and contribute to open source code bases and causes. I like the plurality and variety that software development offers; the choice of programming languages, the abundant availability of tools and libraries, the existence of multiple operating systems and the possibility of varied software development methodologies. As a member of the technology community, I am an active contributor to the ever evolving software development languages, methodologies and standards. I am an expert group member on a number of JCP (Java Community Process) specifications, for example JSRs 274, 283, 299, 301 & 312, and have been recognized as an Adobe Flex Champion.I run and organize a few community events like Flex Camp Wall Street, Show Ramp and Polyglot World. I bring together all my expertise in terms of services and products via my primary venture, Treasury of Ideas LLC, in which I play the role of a Managing Partner. Treasury of Ideas LLC, through its focus on innovation and value optimization, offers many best of the breed services and products and has incubated many ideas to help translate them to reality. Our clients range from large enterprises, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations to promising new startups. I write regularly in many technical journals and magazines, present in seminars and mentor developers and architects. I have authored a few books, including Advanced Flex 3 (friends of Ed/APress, 2008) and Professional BlazeDS (Wrox/Wiley, 2009) , and am in the process of authoring a few more. You can learn all about my books and public talks by browsing through the Publish & Present page at www.shanky.org.