I just got back from Colin Moock's ActionScript 3.0 tour event here in NYC and to just get this off my chest, sitting in a metal chair with thin padding for 9 hours is no picnic! My back hurts, my left shoulder hurts, my neck feels all tight; in general, I just feel drained. But, was it worth it? Absolutely.
Colin Moock is an excellent presenter. This is the first time I have ever heard him present on any topic and he just looks and sounds so natural up there behind the podium. His organization and preparation were flawless and he his pace was just right on the money. Personally, I am shocked that over the course of 9 hours, he actually ended right on time, if not a bit early. Sure, maybe it doesn't hurt that this was his 3rd stop on the AS3 tour, but I have a feeling that that didn't have much to do with it.
The event was basically a step by step run through of his Virtual Zoo flash application. It started with a basic review of data types and function calls and gradually got more complicated, incorporating class definitions, public and private variables, timed methods calls, event listeners, event dispatchers, and even some GUI widget type stuff. It was a tremendous amount of information to take in and absorb, but it was delivered so effectively that I am sure I got as much out of it as one could hope for.
Colin literally built the entire application from the ground up. His slide presentation included a lot of code snippets from which he copied and pasted as needed. At first, I thought this was a bit hokey - copying code out of the presentation when he could just write it. But, it worked well really well; he was able to manually code the stuff that he really wanted to explain in exhaustive detail and he copy-n-pasted the stuff that could be reviewed with more haste.
While I am not a huge Flash coder, a lot of the stuff covered was very good to see. Right now, as you know, I am making a good push to learn Object Oriented Programming in ColdFusion and any good examples of this, whether in ColdFusion or not, are so beneficial.
So, anyway, in conclusion, great event, awesome presenter. Special thanks to Adobe and to FITC Design & Technology Events who helped to put everything together and especially to arrange this as a FREE event for us programmers.