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  • Busy Java Developer’s Guide to Flex

    Flex is a set of tools designed to make it easier for developers to build SWFs without having to use the Adobe Flash tool. This article explores Flex from a Java guy’s perspective, then shows how to set up the environment and examines topics like how to integrate Flex code with existing Java applications, as well as its applicability for use as a mobile device client technology.

  • FlexMonkey Deep Dive

    FlexMonkey is an open source tool from Gorilla Logic for testing Flex and AIR applications.  This article provides a brief introduction to FlexMonkey and then walks through debugging issues that can be encountered when testing with it.

  • Virtual Panel: State of the Art in Enterprise Flex Frameworks

    Flex 1.0 was released in March 2004 and since then Flex based RIA development has been increasingly gaining momentum. Recently Adobe released Flex 4 along with Flash Builder 4, as part of the Adobe Flash Platform technology. To assess the state of Adobe Flex for enterprise adoption, InfoQ has conducted a virtual panel with the creators of popular third-party flex frameworks.

  • Flexible and User-configurable Charts with Flash Builder Backed by a Java-based RESTful API

    Daniel Morgan shows how to build a portal-style web application comprising a Java back-end to serve a RESTful API for creating, updating, deleting and retrieving dashboard-style, user-configurable charts assembled using Adobe Flash Builder.

  • BlazeDS and JMS for PHP Developers, Part 2

    In the second and final of our articles on BlazeDS and JMS, InfoQ looks at two additional methods for sending messages to JMS topics or queues from PHP - the PHP/Java Bridge which provides a framework for calling Java classes from PHP scripts using a simple Java façade, and the STOMP protocol.

  • What's New in Two: Adobe AIR 2.0 is Coming Soon!

    Adobe AIR 2.0 is coming, and it contains many highly requested features that application developers have wanted since AIR 1.0 was released nearly two years ago. When Adobe releases the new runtime, it will be automatically downloaded and installed by all of your users. It's important to test now to make sure you're not caught off guard. And, you can get a head start using some of the new features.

  • BlazeDS and JMS for PHP Developers, Part 1

    BlazeDS is an open source project from Adobe that allows you to connect your Adobe Flex applications with data services. The Java Messaging Service (JMS) is a method of communicating with services written in Java. In the first of two articles, InfoQ looks at the advantages of JMS and how you can use BlazeDS to communicate with your Java services via JMS from your Flex applications.

  • Super-sized Flex Development—Without the Extra Calories

    Ryan Knight discusses how Adobe Flash Builder 4 beta provides tools for developing large-scale Flex applications, increasing developer productivity and workflow between designer and developer. He talks about how to leverage Flex's differences, details of some Flex modules, patterns and anti-patterns, and the Spring BlazeDS Integration Project.

  • FlexMonkey brings unit testing to Flex user interface developers

    This article explores how Gorilla Logic's new, open source Flex user interface automation testing tool, FlexMonkey, can enhance the productivity of both developers and QA testers. FlexMonkey allows developers to incorporate user interface testing into unit test suites and continuous integration environments, and allows QA testers to expand those tests into comprehensive quality tests.

  • Top 10 Changes in Flex 4

    This week, Adobe released their first official beta of Flex 4, codenamed Gumbo. The release includes a number of major changes. This list gives a high level overview of the items that have changed in the latest version of the popular RIA framework.

  • Spring BlazeDS Integration: What it Is and What Does it Change?

    Spring BlazeDS Integration is a collaborative effort of Spring and Adobe. The goal: to allow the Spring development model to be used for creating rich Internet applications (RIAs) with Adobe Flex, BlazeDS, Spring, and Java technology. This article explores how applications are wired and explains how you can easily convert an existing Spring project to use this new integration.

  • 13 Reasons for Java Programmers to Learn Flex and BlazeDS

    Thirteen reasons, some general ("it's open source" and "it has great community support") and some technical ("programming model similar to Java" and "runs in any Java app server"), for why Java Programmers should learn Flex and BlazeDS are presented. Technical reasons include examples as part of the discussion.