SourceMate is a companion tool for Flash and Flex developers that adds support for code generation, refactoring, code templates, metadata tags and more. Release 1.1 features improvements like customization of the code that SourceMate generates and improved stack traces.
Recently, Adobe announced the release of the Flex 4 SDK along with Flash Builder 4, which was formerly known as Flex Builder 3. InfoQ spoke with Andrew Shorten, Senior Product Manager at Adobe, to learn more about these releases, how they fit into the overall Flash platform, and what to expect in the future.
After many months in beta, the Adobe Flex developer team has released the final version of the Flex 4 SDK and Flash Builder 4 (formerly Flex Builder). While the Flex SDK is available for all platforms, Flash Builder 4 is currently only supported on Windows and Mac OS X. The Flex SDK is free to download and use without cost, while Flash Builder is available on a trial basis and requires purchase.
The Adobe Flex ecosystem has experienced significant growth in the last years, with a plethora of community driven projects and deployments. Never the less, in the last few months there have been several developments like its exclusion from the iPad platform, community reactions about long lasting bugs and more, that have led to questions about its future viability.
Flex 1.0 was released in March 2004. Since then, the Flex based RIA development has been increasingly gaining momentum; and RIA has become a well accepted web application development approach. To assess the state of Adobe Flex, InfoQ reviewed the current Flex RIA development ecosystem.
InfoQ reported a Flash and AIR debugger Arthropod earlier this year. De MonsterDebugger is another debugger launched this year for Flash, Flex and AIR application development.
Gorilla Logic, Inc. has announced the first production release of FlexMonkey with version 1.0. FlexMonkey is an open source testing tool for Flex and AIR applications. FlexMonkey provides for the capture, replay, and verification of Flex user interface functionality.
There are plenty of choices for creating mock objects in Java but Flex has seen little development in this area, until recently. The popular and maturing Mockito framework now has a Flex counterpart, which aims to bring mocking to Flex.
GraniteDS 2.0.0 was recently released and continues to evolve and mature, providing a very realistic competitor to Adobe's solutions.
It’s always a developers’ wish that they can reuse their acquired skills to apply them to new technologies. Amethyst IDE from Sapphire Steel Software is such tool that allows .Net developers start developing Adobe Flex or AIR applications from their familiar Visual Studio environment.
Adobe has announced another step forward in the Flex eco-system with the beta release of Adobe LiveCycle Data Services 3 (LCDS).
A new open source addition to the Adobe Flex world is Axiis, a data visualization framework released in May under the MIT license. Data visualization is a term frequently used to describe graphical views of application data, such as charts and graphs.
In another step towards a final release, Adobe has released public betas of the Flex 4 framework and two related development tools.
The Merapi project recently was open sourced. Merapi is a technology that can be used as a messaging bridge between applications that run in the Adobe Flash player or Adobe AIR and applications written in Java.
This article looks at the Spring BlazeDS Integration project and provides examples of how applications are wired and how to convert an existing Spring project to use the new integration.