Lightning In The Clouds

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  • 1. Lightning in the Clouds Using Flex with M technology
  • 2. What is Flex?
    • Flex is a product from Adobe that allows developers to create applications for Flash Player/Adobe AIR
    • Flash is a product from Adobe that allows designers to create applications for Flash Player/Adobe AIR
    • Everything that can be done in Flash can be done in Flex, and vice versa.
    • Flex is open source, Flex Builder is Adobe’s proprietary tool to develop with.
  • 3. Why Flex?
    • I was frustrated with the typical Web development/runtime environment
    • Multiple technologies to learn, different behaviors on different browsers
    • Performance issues with data intensive applications
    • Stuck in the browser, and at the mercy of the browser publishers.
  • 4. What’s different
    • Flex develops a complete application, not a set of pages.
    • Data can be easily be manipulated in Flex, without ‘attachment’ required to form or page elements.
    • More logical, consistent flow through the application.
    • Eliminates dreaded Back Button.
  • 5. How to Use with M
    • Web Services – Works, but overly complex and slow for most uses.
    • REST – simple name/value pair / XML interface. This is what we chose. Easily implemented with the Weblink gateway, the CSP gateway, or the MGWSI gateway with a small PHP page if desired.
    • AMF – Adobe specific data exchange format. We will explore this in the future, but we are experiencing good performance with REST and M.
  • 6. How the cloud comes in
    • With the simple REST interface, how the data is stored, and WHERE the data is stored becomes irrelevant. It is easy to change where the data is retrieved/returned to without any impact on the user.
  • 7.
    • Provides a very rich visual development environment, which can be overwhelming for us poor developer types.
    • Close integration with other Adobe visual tools such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, etc. Designers can create the assets and ‘look and feel’, developers focus on connecting the logic and database.
  • 8. What’s coming
    • Next version of Flex/Flash Player include very powerful 3d capabilities.
    • Fully programmatic ‘skins’
    • Presentation view more fully separated from ‘logic’