As a long-time Flex developer, I’ve used several different IDEs for
development. I have to say, I always find myself going back to Flash Builder.
Sure, it’s an Eclipse plug-in, but it just does some much… I can resist.
On Tuesday, Adobe announced Flash Player 11.4 and AIR 3.4 along with Flash
Builder 4.7. I’m excited to hear about some of the additions (and a
subtraction) to the upcoming version of Flash Builder by Adobe.
Here are some of the new features you can expect to see in 4.7:
First, the long awaited 64-Bit Support has finally arrived in Flash Builder
It will also integrate the next generation compiler, Falcon, into the IDE.
Falcon will greatly improve the build process and is faster
There has always been a multiplicity of shortcuts built into flash Builder,
like “fore” ctrl-space to insert a “for each” block or ctrl-o to jump
to an object/method definitio... (more)
The fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is been slung around by profiteers like
folding chairs at a WWE event. The haters are still being haters. Nothing new
developers to start using their HTML5 software.
The context is all wrong here. Very, very few Flex developers have shifted,
moved, changed over, or whatever you want to call it… to HTML5 (or anything
There is not a move to HTML5
I will go as far as to say that there is not a move to HTML5. The simple fact
is that, developers are being develop... (more)
For over a decade now, we have been trained to use the "back" and "forward"
buttons in our Web browser to review or backtrack previously viewed content.
We are trained to the point that there are even keyboard shortcuts.
Unfortunately, this can be a problem when browsing Flex applications. Being
the well-trained users that we are, we often forget that we could cause the
Flex application to reload unwittingly.
Fortunately, there is a solution that is built into the Flex SDK and HTML
templates that are generated in a Flex Builder project. By default, Flex
enables history managemen... (more)
First, yes, screen readers can read Flex applications. And yes, its fairly
easy. But, I’ll discuss how in a future post.
But, if you’d rather send people to your old HTML version of your site when
using a read, there is good news. Flash Player has the ability to detect if a
disabled and/or the Flex application is not compiled as an “accessible
swf”. This is possible with the Accessibility class.
It is important to note that if the Flex application is compiled as an
“accessible swf”, the screen reader will also ... (more)
Having built/architected/developed/consulted many Adobe Flex applications and
being one of the first certified Flex instructors in the world, I’ve seen a
lot of Flex applications. Some good, some bad.
But no matter how many applications or who I’m talking to, I always stress
the importance of securing proprietary information. By securing, I mean
don’t put it in your application. Unless your are encrypting your
application and decrypting at runtime, you are subject to a decompiler
exposing your secrets.
There are Flash decompilers that will take any SWF and give you the source: