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    • Lightning in the Clouds Using Flex with M technology
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
      • 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.
    • What’s coming
      • Next version of Flex/Flash Player include very powerful 3d capabilities.
      • Fully programmatic ‘skins’
      • Presentation view more fully separated from ‘logic’