Macromedia FLEXing its Muscles

By sgrosvenor
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  • James R.

    Well there is a trial available. But you also need your own Java App server to use it on…

  • sgrosvenor

    When the .NET application server support trial becomes available then i’m sure things will get a even more interesting, but as for the trial, it would be interesting what limitations are posed against the user, whether it is a 30-Day Eval, or limited in some other way.

    Anyone got the trial yet and can shed any light on it?

  • James R.

    Well, I will probably get into it soon… a little busy at the moment though…

  • John Dowdell

    Re: “…as for the trial, it would be interesting what limitations are posed against the user, whether it is a 30-Day Eval, or limited in some other way.”

    Here’s info:
    http://www.macromedia.com/software/flex/productinfo/faq/#item-35

    For two months it’s in full-production mode, and if you buy it, it stays that way. After that the trial CD version changes into a development version, which can serve to five named IP addresses with SWFs which time-out a day after compilation.

    Regards,
    John Dowdell
    Macromedia Support

  • Id be interested in hearing the benefits of using Flex / MXML to build RIA’s over existing methods with middleware (PHP, ASP etc.) that have been used since Flash 4 and vastly improved on with Flash 6 / MX.

  • James R.

    Well, I don’t think its meant to really replace ASP and PHP. I think macromedia is shooting more at the enterprise (JSP, J2EE) level. After watching the on demend seminar on the macromedia site, it looks to me that unless you really need the intergration with enterprise systems it may not be worth moving to FLEX yet. Similar data intergration can be done with plain actionscript, the built in flash components and PHP/ASP. FLEX does however add a wealth of application type components that could become very useful in enterprise level apps.

  • Rob

    I have the developer version of Flex and have been learning it over the last week. I work at an Enterprise software company that develops using J2EE/JSP. Flex fits right into our workflow and so far I have been impressed. That being said, it lacks some very fundamental things for enterprise software development, the main thing being a strong charting capability.

  • Graham F.

    I’ve installed it successfully and have been using Flex for a few days and I’m also very impressed. Flex is aimed more at the Enterprise application development and as intended, fits seamlessly into our current development processes. Macromedia says that Flex is aimed at Real-Time applications, including charting and graphing, and I’ll be looking into this aspect specifically, so Rob’s comment concerns me somewhat.

    What is so impressive though is the sheer speed in which you can put together not just a Rich User Interface, but a fully functional RIA with minimal lines of code. It’s support for CSS, as well as other standards (SVG so I’ve read), in my opinion makes this a very powerful tool and hints at the future for Enterprise RIA development.

  • Hi, Graham you are right, My case is just same, I would like to say same but you said before me, so I quote your words
    I’ve installed it successfully and have been using Flex for a few days and I’m also very impressed. Flex is aimed more at the Enterprise application development and as intended, fits seamlessly into our current development processes. Macromedia says that Flex is aimed at Real-Time applications, including charting and graphing, and I’ll be looking into this aspect specifically, so Rob’s comment concerns me somewhat.

    What is so impressive though is the sheer speed in which you can put together not just a Rich User Interface, but a fully functional RIA with minimal lines of code. It’s support for CSS, as well as other standards (SVG so I’ve read), in my opinion makes this a very powerful tool and hints at the future for Enterprise RIA development.

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