We’ve extended the deadline for this competition by two weeks.

Flex/AIR Article CompetitionYou asked for more competitions, so here’s another one!

We’re giving away two copies of Adobe CS3 Web Premium (kindly donated by Adobe) to the authors of the best articles about Adobe Flex and AIR submitted over the next four weeks.

That’s right — you could WIN a copy of the ultimate graphics package for web developers, Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium, just by submitting an article about Flex or AIR. Worth USD $1,599, the package includes the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Flash, Dreamweaver and a host of other tools that form the industry benchmark for creating web graphics.

How To Win

  1. Write an article for publication on sitepoint.com about Adobe Flex or AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime). We’re mostly looking for tutorials (either standalone or multi-part series). The article(s) must be original and must not be already published online elsewhere. We’re interested everything from beginner articles to intermediate and advanced topics. Also note that we’re looking for quality content (first-time authors might want to run their article past a friend or colleague before submitting).
  2. Submit the article before Sunday May 4th May 18th, 2008. That gives you nearly four weeks! Be sure to include a headshot and author bio with your submission.
  3. The authors of the best Flex article and the best AIR article will each win a copy of Adobe CS3 Web Premium (either Mac or Windows — your choice). The winner will be decided by myself and SitePoint’s Technical Director, Kevin Yank.

Submit your article to submit (at) sitepoint.com.

Some tips on writing for SitePoint:

  • It’s best to concentrate on one thing, rather than trying to demonstrate how to build a complex application from start to finish.
  • Try to adhere to the recommended word limit (between 1,000 and 2,000 words).
  • Be sure that the reader has some useful code to take away from the article. Include a downloadable code archive with your submission if necessary.
  • Please make every effort to ensure that your code is bug-free and best practice. Our diligent technical editing team will be testing your code, but we won’t be correcting them. If your code has bugs, we’ll send it back to you to fix.

For more tips, please read our Write For Us page and our author submission guidelines (PDF).

Oh, and another thing…

Even though there will be only one winner for each of the topics, we may choose more than one article for publication. In fact, if they’re all good, we may publish the lot! So even if you don’t win, your article may still make the front page of SitePoint!

That is all. Get writing and good luck!

Matthew Magain is a UX designer with over 15 years of experience creating exceptional digital experiences for companies such as IBM, Australia Post, and sitepoint.com. He is the co-founder of UX Mastery, and recently co-authored Everyday UX, an inspiring collection of interviews with some of the best UX Designers in the world.

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  • malikyte

    This is absolutely awesome. I’ve been looking for more good articles on AIR and Flex to get my hands dirty, so this is perfect timing (as always), Sitepoint! Thanks!

  • http://www.tpdevelopment.com.au ricktu

    Sod it. Can’t you make the articles about a topic I actually know something about ? ;)

  • http://www.ryanguill.com Rynoguill

    This is great guys! Can we also get Flex and AIR Forums?

  • http://www.andyandjaime.com creole

    Once the article is published on Sitepoint, can it be published elsewhere?

  • http://www.magain.com/ mattymcg

    Hi creole. As with all articles published on SitePoint, we ask for an exclusivity period. This is covered in our submission guidelines.

  • http://www.andyandjaime.com creole

    Ah…okay. I’ve just completed an HTML/JS AIR application with BlazeDS integration and was already planning on writing an article series about it. I might submit it, although the 90 day restriction might be a deal breaker. We’ll see.

  • http://www.xixblog.com banago

    If we could talk for adobe Flex and/or AIR, we would probably be having them already.

  • http://ian.sundermedia.com TheLunchBox

    Can people who already write for SitePoint win? :)

  • http://www.magain.com/ mattymcg

    Can people who already write for SitePoint win? :)

    Absolutely. Just because you may have written an article or contributed to a blog in the past doesn’t exclude you from entering this competition. Get writing!

  • http://www.xixblog.com banago

    What about if I am interested in writing for your blog? Do I have a chance?

  • calfellows

    Someone please write an article about the Open Source flash based XSPF Music Playlist. Plays audio and video (mp3 and flv files). The most popular version is the XSPF Jukebox, located at LacyMorrow.com. Great for hobby or professional, and famous websites like archive.org and yahoo.com are using this same product.

    Jukebox version has XML features which allow users to adjust or personalize the layout/presentation and/or add their own custom skins. Just upload your mp3 or flv to the server, and the playlist will auto generate, autoload, and autostart. Add custom playlist images, album images, even track images for each track; and can even custom size the video, album images, or entire player if desired.

  • http://www.magain.com/ mattymcg

    Being interested in writing for our blogs does not preclude you from entering this contest, nor does being a current blogger. Banago: I’ll be in touch directly by email.

  • http://www.xixblog.com banago

    Well, I was sure it would not preclude me. I just asked for more info about being a blogger at SitePoint. I will be waiting for your email. Thanks!

  • fabianv

    Man I have an article im writing for this but im not sure If i’ll be done tonight :/ Is there any way I can submit it a little later.. perhaps during the 4th and not before?

    Please let me know fvercuiel (AT) gmail (DOT COM)

  • http://www.magain.com/ mattymcg
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