Banner Enrollment Management, released earlier this year, is the first example of the new user experience. It takes advantage of the Adobe Flex interface, and also provides the constituent workspaces that I referenced earlier. This is a new solution available to you TODAY.
As mentioned earlier, T&E is an add-on product. However, it will utilize Adobe Flex and will provide the same type of user experience and consistency as seen in previous examples.
SunGard Higher Education User Experience Strategy: Technical Bob Rullo; SunGard Higher Education GM User Experience
The ‘HTTPService’ component is used to communicate with a server implementation that is expecting a HTTP POST or GET request.
Easier way to access server resources without a more formalized API such as those provided by SOAP compliant web services.
SOAP compliant web services
The ‘WebService’ component is used to communicate with the server implementation. Flex applications can interact with web services that define their interfaces in a Web Services Description Language ( WSDL ) document.
If you intend to support multiple clients, ensuring there are Web Service end points is desirable.
If you are sharing large amounts of data Remote Objects make a lot of sense.
BlazeDS – Open Source and Free Java Remoting
Enables developers to connect to back-end distributed data and push data in real-time to Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR applications for more responsive rich Internet application (RIA) experiences. http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/blazeds/BlazeDS
Flex Data Access: Methods SunGard Higher Education Used
Banner Enrollment Management Recruiting and Admissions Recruiting
Banner Travel and Expense used Remote Objects.
SOAP Web services
Banner Flexible Registration
REST-style Web Services
Expect to have RESTful based applications in the future
Adobe Flex Builder 3 Pro Note: Available for free to all education customers. This includes all students, faculty and staff of eligible education institutions https://freeriatools.adobe.com/flex Note: Adobe Flex Builder 3 is becoming Adobe Flash Builder 4
Recommended Skill Set
Object Oriented Programming
Web Services (SOAP and REST)
Action Script and MXML
Java experience helps, but not required
Developing Flex Applications: What version should I use?
If you are building a solution right now, Flex 3.
3-6 months, start with Flex 4 Beta and prepare to upgrade to GA
How long should I plan on training people on Flex?
SunGard Higher Education had predominantly PL/SQL and Oracle Forms developers.
On average, it took approximately 2 months to come up to speed on Adobe Flex and be productive.