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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 4.7. 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)

No One is Moving from Flex to HTML5

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 there. But now I see JavaScript companies’ desperate pleas for Flex 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 else JS-based.) 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)

Back and Forth

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)

Flex 3 AdvancedDataGrid Summary Divider

The AdvancedDataGrid (ADG) control in Adobe Flex 3 extends the capabilities of the standard DataGrid control to improve data visualization. You can: Sort by multiple columns when you click in the column header Use the styleFunction property to specify a function to apply styles to rows and columns of the control Use an expandable navigation tree in a column to control the visible rows of the control Collect multiple columns under a single column heading Span multiple columns with an item renderer and use multiple item renderers in the same column Working in a combination of these ... (more)

Adobe Camp in Denver

One thing I have to say is that the Adobe community is alive with collaboration and events. There are tons of people sharing their work and their ideas on better development with the Adobe products. One more example, the local Rocky Mountain Adobe User Group is hosting a very inexpensive event for the Flash Platform, Dynamic Media and eLearning. “Adobe’s Flash Platform is a powerful tool set that spans digital disciplines such as application development, media production, and eLearning. Join us at Rocky Mountain Adobe Camp on June 22, 2009 in Denver for in-depth presentations an... (more)