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New for you at ADC: Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4 learning resources

The wait is over and the secret is out — today Adobe announced the release of Flash Builder 4 (previously Flex Builder) and the open source Flex 4 framework.

To help you get started with these versions, the ADC has prepared new and updated resources for everyone. Be sure to read the articles What’s new in Flash Builder 4 and What’s new in Flex 4 to see how you can benefit from the new features of the latest releases.

For those of you who are considering moving from Flex 3 to Flex 4, the article Differences between Flex 3 and Flex 4 is a good reference.

Experienced web developers curious about Flex should definitely try our new Flex Test Drive to see what it takes to build an app in one hour and explore other things you can easily do with Flex and Flash Builder. If you’re serious about learning to use Flash Builder and Flex, you’ll want to try our updated Flex in a Week video training course. Also Tour de Flex is updated for Flex 4 now with tons of new samples.

If you are coming to Flex from ColdFusion, Java, PHP, or .NET, we also have good news for you. We have redesigned our Flex integration centers for ColdFusion, Java, PHP, and .NET with new and updated content that caters to your specific technical background.

Finally, if you are inspired by the software and our learning resources and want to contribute to Adobe Developer Connection, don’t hesitate to send us your proposals or share tips and tricks with your peers in the Flex cookbook.

Enjoy Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4!

LiveCycle ES Update 1 technical content now available

Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite (ES) Update 1 is now released. This latest version is a more powerful and widely-enhanced update of LiveCycle ES. It features two new solution components, two new solution accelerators, and a number of other improvements. To help you get up to speed on this new release, we posted quite a few pieces of technical content on the LiveCycle Developer Center yesterday. You may want to start with Greg Wilson’s article “What’s new in LiveCycle ES Update 1” to understand the new services and tooling improvements. Other pieces include “Planning your upgrade to LiveCycle ES Update 1“, “LiveCycle ES infrastructure selection and deployment“, the updated LiveCycle ES architecture technical white paper, and the white paper “The benefits of rights management“.

New RIA series on the ADC

Have you ever thought about creating an application with a Flex/BlazeDS/Spring/Hibernate/MySQL architecture, built with Maven? This is the theme of the first part as well as the other upcoming two parts of the new series “The Flex, Spring, and BlazeDS full stack ” available on the Flex Developer Center. In the series, S├ębastien Arbogast walks you through the step-by-step process to create a standard to-do list that allows you to add, delete, and edit tasks from a list.

Check out Part 1 now and keep tuned on the rest of the series.

Top 10 mistakes when building Flex apps

After his first Flex Top 10 article, James has posted his second article. This time, he talks about the top 10 mistakes when building Flex applications. What mistakes made the shortlist? Find out and use the list as your checklist when you build your own Flex apps to avoid the common pitfalls. Meanwhile, if you have a suggested topic for this Flex Top Ten series, feel free to drop us an e-mail.

New Flex 3 content now available in the Flex Developer Center

With yesterday’s release of Flex 3, the Flex Developer Center is now having a bunch of new Flex 3 content. Apart from the videos that introduce some of the new Flex 3 features, you can read getting started tutorials and new articles about designing skins and styles with Creative Suite 3 and Flex Builder 3, ActionScript and .NET client-server class mappings, and how to read and write data to your Flex 3 app from ColdFusion. If you are looking for short and practical Flex 3 how-to tips, there are quite a few new cookbook posts that talk about integrating with PHP, JSP, and using the new and updated Flex 3 components. Enjoy and don’t forget to send me your feedback. Also, if you’re interested in writing a Flex 3 article for us, please let me know and I’ll work with you on it.