Quick guide to moving existing Flex 3 projects to Flash Builder 4

If you’ve been reading about all the new features in Flash Builder 4, but are still working in Flex Builder 3 because you’re working on an existing project, then you might want to check out the article I’ve written for the Adobe Developer Centre.

The article explains how you can benefit from most of the new features in Flash Builder 4 whilst working on existing Flex 3 projects (and you don’t have to migrate the application to use the Flex 4 SDK if you don’t want to).

In the article I cover the following scenarios:

  • I want the new Flash Builder 4 features, but can’t switch SDK versions
  • I want the new Flash Builder 4 features and the faster Flex 4 compiler, but I need to maintain my application’s existing behaviour
  • I want the new Flash Builder 4 features and all the new Flex 4 language features, but don’t want to adopt the new Spark component architecture
  • I want the new Flash Builder 4 features, all the new Flex 4 language features and I want to add the Spark-based components to my existing application

Moving your Flex 3 project into Flash Builder 4 can be as simple as just importing it, optionally you can choose to undertake some migration to use Flex 4 SDK features if you have the time for your current project.

Remember that you can use the Adobe Forums for Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4 should you have any questions about moving or migrating your application.

Quick guide to moving existing Flex 3 projects to Flash Builder 4

If you’ve been reading about all the new features in Flash Builder 4, but are still working in Flex Builder 3 because you’re working on an existing project, then you might want to check out the article I’ve written for the Adobe Developer Centre.

The article explains how you can benefit from most of the new features in Flash Builder 4 whilst working on existing Flex 3 projects (and you don’t have to migrate the application to use the Flex 4 SDK if you don’t want to).

In the article I cover the following scenarios:

  • I want the new Flash Builder 4 features, but can’t switch SDK versions
  • I want the new Flash Builder 4 features and the faster Flex 4 compiler, but I need to maintain my application’s existing behaviour
  • I want the new Flash Builder 4 features and all the new Flex 4 language features, but don’t want to adopt the new Spark component architecture
  • I want the new Flash Builder 4 features, all the new Flex 4 language features and I want to add the Spark-based components to my existing application

Moving your Flex 3 project into Flash Builder 4 can be as simple as just importing it, optionally you can choose to undertake some migration to use Flex 4 SDK features if you have the time for your current project.

Remember that you can use the Adobe Forums for Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4 should you have any questions about moving or migrating your application.

Flex Builder Linux Alpha 5 release

The Flex Builder for Linux alpha bits posted on Adobe Labs have been updated to extend the hardcoded timeout period. The current FB Linux Alpha 4 product will expire on Dec. 1st, 2009, so if you are currently using Flex Builder for Linux be sure to download the updated Alpha 5 bits from Adobe Labs http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flex/flexbuilder_linux/ prior to Dec. 1st. There are no changes to the functionality of the product in these new bits; however they have been tested on later versions of Linux distros. Please see the release notes http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flex/flexbuilder_linux/releasenotes.html posted on Adobe Labs for complete details.

Updated build of Flex Builder for Linux available

The current alpha release of Flex Builder for Linux is due to expire on December 1st 2009, so if you are developing with this you’ll need to download the updated build (alpha 5) that we posted to the Adobe Labs website today.

The updated build of Flex Builder for Linux does not add new functionality, but does extend the timeout and has also been tested on more recent Linux distributions.

If you have any comments or suggestions on Flex Builder for Linux then please drop me an email and I’ll make sure we consider them as we continue to work on our plans for Linux support.

Tutorial: Sexy transitions with Flex 3 (as used in the MAX widget)

When I showed the first versions of the MAX widget to a few colleagues, most were very surprised to hear that this was all built with the Flex 3 framework and that no Flash Catalyst or Flash CS4 was involved in this.
“Including the animations?“, was a question I got a lot. And yes… Even the […]

ADC Presents: Work with Web Services in Flex

A new tutorial video, featuring Duane Nickull, has just been released by Adobe Developer Connection on Adobe TV. This 7-minute step-by-step tutorial will show you how to quickly set up web services, specifically SOAP-WSDL in Flex Builder. Check it out and let us know what you think.

The Future of Flash Midsummer Giveaway: Win a ticket for FOTB and more!

I have two full conference tickets for Flash On The Beach in Brighton (worth £359 each), one copy of Flex Builder 3 Professional, a bunch of Flex books, t-shirts and other goodies and I’m giving it all away!

How do you win? Easy! Take out your crystal ball and take a look in to the future […]