We’ve recently started an official Facebook group for Flex Developers. If you’re on Facebook, you’ll want to join the group. There are currently 42 members of the group, and its only been live for 2 days. If you want some of the Flex and ActionScript posters, you can join the group on Facebook, then follow the instructions on the page to receive a set. There are a number of Flex focused groups on Facebook, here’s a list: Flex Developers, Flex 2 Developers, and The Adobe Flex Users Group. There are a number of Flex user groups on Facebook as well.
Adobe Flex is also on MySpace, in case you were wondering.
– Mike Potter
If you’re interested in Salesforce.com, and how Flex can be used inside Salesforce.com applications, then you should attend a session that Flex evangelist James Ward will be presenting next Wednesday. James and Adam Gross from Salesforce.com will introduce you to the free Flex Toolkit for Apex (Salesforce’s developer network).
The Flex Toolkit for Apex was one of the joint announcements from Adobe and Salesforce back at the Web 2.0 conference in April. Many Flex and Apollo developers will find this toolkit just the thing for creating rich internet applications, with a built-in database in the cloud.
We are not announcing final packaging or pricing, but I wanted to try to clear some things up that we’ve seen on the forums and mailing lists.
1) The Flex SDK remains free
2) The charting components and Advanced DataGrid will be part of the Flex Data Visualization Package. This package will remain a commercial offering from Adobe, and source will only be available to those who have an appropriate license. You can use your Flex 2 Charting serial number to remove the watermark and view source during the beta. During the beta we are only shipping the datavisualization.swc as part of Flex Builder, but you can copy the SWC from there to other SDK installations.
3) There will be upgrades available to go from Flex Builder 2 to Flex Builder 3. Pricing is not announced but we think you all will be happy with it.
Hope this helps!
We’re pleased to announce that Flex 2 has won an eWEEK Excellence Award in the Application Development category.
Congratulations are also in order to the Acrobat Connect and Acrobat 8 Professional teams for being finalists in the Enterprise Collaboration and Productivity Applications categories respectively!
More info here.
We are very pleased to announce that the first public beta of Flex 3 is now available on Labs! At the same time we are releasing the public beta of the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) and the beta of Flash Player 9 Update 3. 3 releases chock-full of goodness. Since this is the Flex team’s blog let’s focus on Flex. Here’s what we’ve got:
- Betas for Flex 3 SDK and Flex Builder 3
- Nightly builds for the Flex 3 SDK and Flex 2.0.1.
- Open source infrastructure including the new public bug system and planning wiki.
- A new car! (just kidding)
We have a number of resources for you to learn about Flex 3 on the Labs wiki including links to the documentation and introductions to the new features via writeups and videos! And what are those new features? Well Ted has been sneaking them all week, but just to reiterate some key ones:
- Built-in support for Adobe AIR
- code refactoring
- memory and performance profilers
- SWF file size reduction using a persistent framework cache in Flash Player
- advanced datagrid
- CS3 and Flex integration
So what are you waiting for? GO GO GO!
P.S. As a favor to me (Matt) please go read my introductory article, I want to be at the top of the Dev Center stats for the month!