What happened to Peter Joel, Flash Aficionado?!

written by Geoff Bowers on Thursday, 15 May, 2008 @ 11:16 PM

Peter Joel Blog, the voice of Peter Hall, started back in 2002 and was a regular stop for Flash developers of all levels. The enigmatic Hall has taken a much lower profile in recent years, but his updated webdu bio contains interesting highlights of his recent capers.

As a testament to how hard Peter is to get hold of, we were forced to provide our own profile a few years back:

Having completed the logging of all trains in the United Kingdom (including freight), Peter has turned his spotting skills to the mainland, "I take the chunnel to Calais. I've already notched up most of the locomotives that track through northern France." Good one Pete.

Peter enjoys long walks in the park and cooks a mean stir fry. He's a regular in his sky-blue anorak at Victoria Station. When it comes to trains, Pete is a diesel man through and through -- though he still has a soft spot for steam.

Having seen StarWars (the orginal, none of this Special edition rubbish), 117 times, Peter is one of the highest ranking Wookie guides on Yahoo's notorious Dagobah Den. In real life, Peter often causes a stir at parties with his Leia Buns.

Peter is making the journey "down-under" to talk about Flash.

Looks like Hall has lost the anorak taken up alternative pursuits in recent years:

Peter has been a Flex consultant for over 3 years, and has been using Flash for 8 years. Nowadays he, along with Johannes Nel, runs Memorphic, based in London and Capetown, creating applications and user interfaces for large enterprise clients. Over the last 2 years, he has worked with some impressive clients including Fidelity Investments, Airbus and LMG (Nectar Loyalty program), and many others around the globe.

But Memorphic is not just about development for large corporations, they have also created and contributed to several open source projects. For example Peter wrote and maintains XPath AS3 and Memorphic's open source application framework, Slide.

Peter is presenting Slide at webDU this year. I've always had an admiration for the Actionscript of PeterJoel, so it will be interesting to see how he's tackled modern RIA issues, in this low-key Flex framework.

Slide Framework for Flex

Slide is an application framework for projects built in Flex 2 or 3. Using familiar design patterns, Slide provides a robust MVC structure, view state management decoupled from view implementation and a flexible approach to model and controller access, eliminating need for singleton classes.


See you at webDU!


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