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RestfulX “The RESTful Way to develop Adobe Flex and AIR applications”


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  • 1. RestfulX “The RESTful Way to develop Adobe Flex and AIR applications” or “Flex on Rails” Peter Armstrong twitter: @peterarmstrong
  • 2. why?
  • 3. Flex + Rails, before RestfulX
  • 4. Flex + Rails + AIR, before RestfulX
  • 5.
  • 6. What are we doing 80% of the time?
  • 7. RESTful CRUD
  • 8. Flex + Rails, with RestfulX
  • 9. Flex + Rails + AIR, with RestfulX
  • 10. RestfulX Features!
  • 11.
  • 12. RestfulX History Ruboss Framework Ruboss Company Project (Dima lead) 2008 Dima was Ruboss CTO © Ruboss GPL v3 & Commercial License shocking news: you can’t sell very many framework licenses in 2008! RestfulX Framework (“RESTful X” / “REST Flex”) 2009 Community Project © Dima Berastau and Contributors MIT License
  • 13. RestfulX, Ruboss and Dima Today Dima is now doing freelance RestfulX development and is building a time tracking product using RestfulX. = Peter Armstrong + Scott Patten Ruboss is doing RestfulX consulting and development and is working on, a site to self-publish PDF books. We’re building it in Rails, Flex and Peter and Dima are writing a book RestfulX. Scott’s S3 Flex Development with RestfulX book is on it today. and will be publishing it on Sopobo.
  • 14. DEMO
  • 15. 0. If you have run this before, delete a pomodo.db database from home directory. 1. Create the Rails app, install RestfulX and create the Flex project: $ sudo gem install restfulx db/model.yml: $ rails -d mysql pomodo $ cd pomodo 2. Edit config/environment.rb and add: config.gem "restfulx" 3. Run rx_config with the distributed option: It’s project: - name: string - notes: text - start_date: date - end_date: date just $ ./script/generate rx_config --distributed - completed: boolean - belongs_to: [user] 4. Create your data model: - has_many: [tasks] $ emacs db/model.yml location: that 5. Generate the app, recreate the database and run your server: - name: string $ ./script/generate rx_yaml_scaffold - notes: text $ rake db:refresh - belongs_to: [user] $ ./script/server - has_many: [tasks] 6. Import the project into Flex Builder and compile the Flex code. easy. task: - name: string 7. Go to http://localhost:3000. - notes: text - start_time: datetime 8. Convert the app to AIR: - end_time: datetime a) Stop your server. - completed: boolean b) Delete the project in Flex Builder. (Don't delete contents.) - next_action: boolean c) ./script/generate rx_config -a --distributed - belongs_to: [project, location, user] d) Import the pomodo project into Flex Builder again. e) [WORKAROUND] Fix the routes, which got hosed by rx_config -a --distributed: note: map.resources :locations - content: text map.resources :notes - belongs_to: [user] map.resources :tasks map.resources :projects user: map.resources :users - login: string - first_name: string 9. Test online/offline: - last_name: string a) Start your server. - email: string b) Rebuild and run the AIR app. Note that it's empty. - has_many: [tasks, projects, locations] c) Start your server. Note that online detection works. Do a pull. - has_one: [note] d) Create tasks, projects, etc. e) Do a push.
  • 16. Thanks! Peter Armstrong twitter: @peterarmstrong