Spaz Wins Best HTML Community App in Adobe AIR Developer Derby

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I am pleased as punch to finally be able to announce publicly that Spaz, the Twitter client I developed in HTML and Javascript for the Adobe Integrated Runtime, has won “Best HTML Community Application” in the AIR Develper Derby.

I submitted Spaz as something of an afterthought, to be honest. I had received some good feedback on it from a couple people at Adobe, but I didn’t think it was all that, so to speak. Throughout the development process I avoided looking at what other developers were doing, especially other Twitter devs, because I was sure it would send me into a tailspin of despair at the bush league-ness of my own kung fu. After all, Spaz is the first “Rich Internet Application” I’ve written. I hadn’t even written an AJAX call in any code up until Spaz.

So, receiving this award is a great surprise to me, and very encouraging. There are a lot of great Twitter clients out there, and this makes me believe that Spaz is at least in the ballpark. Or, as Cal Evans put it far more succinctly, “Spaz doesn’t suck.”

Thanks to all the users of Spaz, and everyone who has given me feedback. I wrote Spaz because I wanted people to use it, and everyone who does gives me a great deal of encouragement. And very special thanks to those who have given me feedback — Spaz is an “award-winning” app thanks to you.

BTW, I’m at AdobeMAX2007 in Chicago now, so if you’re an attendee and want to chat about Spaz, drop me a line.

Now, onward to AIR Beta 2!

  • Davey Shafik
    10/01/2007 12:18:18 PM

    Feel free to forward any of those prizes to me for helping with bug reports and what not coughCS3cough coughor8coremaccough

    • Davey
  • Geoff
    10/01/2007 01:45:26 PM

    Huzzah! Nice job. Thanks for making the best Twitter client for Windows, hands down (and a good option on OS X). Adobe just needs to catch up with AIR releases! Looking forward to Linux support.

    Congrats again, and good luck with the album release. Maybe that’ll get a Greammy and you can fold your tent for the rest of the year.

  • terry chay
    10/01/2007 09:53:56 PM

    I always knew Spaz.AIR was a hit. Even though, I, like, never used it. :-D

    (I review books without reading them also.)

  • Jonathan Snook
    10/02/2007 04:30:10 PM

    Congrats on the win! I, too, made a late minute entry after releasing Snitter. Had I known, I would’ve worked harder to include more features. :)

  • Jenna
    10/04/2007 05:10:52 PM

    Congratulations, Ed! I’ve always thought it was a winner myself.

  • funkatron
    10/05/2007 03:47:41 PM

    @Jonathan: thanks! Snitter is a Flex app, right?

    @Jenna: Thanks!!

  • Jonathan Snook
    10/05/2007 04:40:12 PM

    @funkatron: nope, all HTML, CSS and JavaScript just like yours. I used just jQuery, though. No Spry in mine.

  • Bill
    02/06/2008 11:21:03 PM

    Very cool! Congratulations on the win!

  • PDF Expert
    02/07/2008 05:41:34 AM

    I’m a big fan of Adobe’s product myself. I wish I can be in Chicago too.

  • Göte Borg
    02/18/2008 10:31:33 AM

    Congratulations, Ed! I’ve been following your blog for quite a while. Keep up you good work.

  • CasCad
    05/03/2008 09:02:34 AM

    Good luck on Air2