Archive for September, 2010

Announcing the ActionScript Code Coverage Plugin for Flash Builder

We are very excited to share with the ActionScript community an ActionScript Code Coverage Plugin for Flash Builder 4. This plugin provides an Eclipse perspective that allows you to start/stop the code coverage tool, view generated code-coverage reports, examine source code and save/load reports. Typically developers will use the code coverage tool to see which areas of code have not been exercised during execution so that additional testing requirements can be identified.

The tool provides detailed line coverage and method coverage reporting, as well as highlighting classes that are not linked into the application. You can use the ActionScript Code Coverage Plug-in for Flash Builder with applications developed in ActionScript 3, optionally using either Flex SDK 3.x or Flex SDK 4.x, targeting both Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR®. A trial or licensed version of Adobe Flash Builder 4 Premium is required to use the ActionScript Code Coverage Plug-in.

You can access the plugin on Adobe Labs here, read documentation around using and configuring the code-coverage tool, and provide feedback via the code-coverage forum.

Want to shape the Flex roadmap?

The Flash Platform tooling team would like the community’s help in shaping the product roadmaps for the Flex SDK, Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst, and Flash Professional.

We would like you to complete a 15-20 minute online survey.  In the survey, you’ll get an opportunity to help us understand how you are using Adobe tools currently, and we’ll also ask you where we should take the products by helping us prioritize potential areas of investment.

The product management team takes these surveys very seriously and the results figure heavily into the decisions that we make about feature prioritization.

Please, take the opportunity to give feedback.

Thanks so much for your time!

Flash Platform Tools Product Management team

Reminder: First Hero Open Iteration Meeting on Friday

The Flex SDK team would like to remind folks that the first Hero Open Iteration Meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 1st. The purpose of the Hero Open Iteration meetings is to discuss the changes in development process with the Hero release as well as review the features (both desktop and mobile) that were completed in past Hero iterations and identify the work that will be tackled in the upcoming iterations. There will be time for some short Q and A with the product team as well. The meeting will be recorded and posted onto the Hero open source site.

Meeting: Hero Open Iteration Meeting
Date: October 1, 2010
Time: 8 – 9 AM PT (11 am ET, 4pm UK, 5pm CET)
Connect Details: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/hero-open-source/

For anyone interested in the Hero release and learning more about the capabilities the Hero SDK will contain, this is a meeting that should not be missed!

Flash Builder “Burrito” sneak #3

Following on from the previous feature sneaks for Flash Builder “Burrito”, this week we’re excited to show you a quick demonstration of code templates (also referred to as snippets) for MXML, AS and CSS code.

Flash Builder “Burrito” is an upcoming version of the product that is currently in development – another feature sneak will be posted next week. Enjoy!

Flex Builder for Linux project ending

After a long Labs alpha, Adobe is stopping further development of Flex Builder/Flash Builder running on Linux operating systems. We recognize the importance of the Linux community yet after studying the market opportunity for the sale of a commercial Linux Flex Builder/Flash Builder product, we have decided to direct future development toward new features for Windows and Mac instead of adding additional Linux platform support to the product. Linux developers will still be able to use the Flex SDK from the line command to build and debug Flex applications. Also, please note this decision is specific to Flash Builder and does not affect other Linux activities for other Adobe products. Adobe continues to be committed to providing ongoing support for Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for the Linux platform.

Please read the FAQ for more details >>

Dave Gruber

Flash Builder Product Marketing Manager

Another week and another “Burrito” sneak

Further to last week’s blog post introducing Flash Builder “Burrito”, we’re excited to share another feature sneak which shows something that we’re working on for the upcoming version of the product.

Here we have “Metadata code completion”. Enjoy!

Flash Builder codename “Burrito”

The Flash Builder team is currently working on the next version of the product, codenamed “Burrito”. One of the areas we’re investing in heavily, following feedback from Flex and ActionScript developers, is coding productivity enhancements.

We’re keen to provide you with a taster of what’s in store for “Burrito” (pun intended), so over the next several weeks we’ll be posting short videos highlighting some of the new features currently under development.

First up is “Generate from usage”. Enjoy!

Flash on the Beach, September 27-29th

In a couple of weeks time a number of us from the Flash product management team will be heading over to the UK to take part in Flash on the Beach. Over 45 sessions from an array of highly-respected speakers, covering everything related to Flash, Flex and AIR, makes this a conference not to miss if you’re based in Europe.

Doug Winnie, Richard Galvan, Thibault Imbert and myself will be hosting the Adobe keynote on day 1, in which we hope to reveal some new information relating to Flash Builder “Burrito” and Flash Catalyst “Panini”, and of course you can track us down in the Adobe Town Hall meeting in which we’ll try to answer all your Flash-related questions. Many Adobe folks also have sessions at Flash on the Beach, so check out the schedule to see what’s going on.

If you haven’t attended Flash on the Beach before or you’ve not booked yet for this year, then it is your last chance to get your pass before ticket sales end. If you use the code FOTBFLEX when you’re booking then you’ll get 20% off.

Hope to see you in Brighton!

Building localized Flex applications – your feedback required

The Flex product team is looking for your feedback on building and deploying applications in languages other than/in addition to English.

Please help us gather data for future releases of Flash Builder and Flex SDK by filling out a short survey.

We are especially interested in receiving input from a wide variety of users across the globe.

Thanks for your help and we look forward to hearing from you!