Author Archive: Andrew Shorten

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!

Update on Flex SDK “Hero”

I am pleased to announce that we have made the first build of Flex SDK “Hero” available today on the Adobe Open Source site.

The “Hero” release development practices have changed somewhat from the Flex 4 release – the biggest change is that “Hero” is built atop the latest (and as of yet, unreleased) Flash Player and AIR runtimes. Because of this tight coupling, we have been unable to provide nightly builds that showcase in-development Flash Player and AIR features. Once the current in-development Flash Player and AIR runtimes are showcased in a public release, nightly builds will resume. In the interim, we are releasing semi-regular stable builds that showcase “Hero” feature work not dependent on features under development in the latest Flash Player and AIR runtimes – the first of these builds has now been posted!

This build showcases in-development work like the Spark DataGrid (Tier 1), Spark ImageSpark Formenhancements to RSLsOSMF 1.0 integration and the SWF Size Report compiler option. Please download the build and play with the features and provide us feedback through JIRA.

Next, we are also announcing our first “Hero” Open Source Iteration meeting! This meeting is a gathering of the product team and the Flex community where we share work that has been completed in past iterations as well as discuss whats in store for upcoming iterations. The first meeting will be on October 1, 2010. You can find more details here.

And lastly, a collection of new “Hero” feature specifications have been posted! This includes:

We are eager for feedback through commenting on feature specifications and filing bugs in JIRA.

Thanks,

Deepa Subramaniam, Flex SDK Product Manager
(Posted by Andrew on behalf of Deepa due to connectivity issues).

Flex 4 SDK and Flash Builder 4 final releases are here…

On behalf of everyone on the Flex and Flash Builder product teams, it is with great pride that we can announce that the final versions of Flex 4 SDK and Flash Builder 4 are available for download today!

We’ve been working hard on these releases to make the Flash Platform the best RIA development platform ever and one that you can confidently bet on when you are asked to create your next generation applications.

In the Flex 4 SDK, we’ve implemented a completely new component and skinning architecture (Spark) that supports a level of expressiveness in RIAs not seen previously. With the new Spark component and skinning architecture, component logic is “divorced” from component visuals such that customizing either the behavior or look and feel of the component is much more straightforward. Additionally in the Flex 4 SDK, we have improved the Flex compiler performance, enhanced numerous language and infrastructure features and provided first-class support for the new runtime capabilities in Flash Player 10.

In Flash Builder 4, the team has made it easier than ever to connect to back-end services with a complete set of data centric development features, enabled new design and development workflows with Flash Catalyst and Flash Professional, as well as enhancing the core code development features that are essential to developer productivity.

In this area alone, we’ve implemented new refactoring options, improved the debugger to support conditional breakpoints, watchpoints and expression evaluation, added code generation features and made it easier to test applications with the new network monitor and FlexUnit support. It’s worth remembering that most of these improvements are available to developers building applications that use either the Flex 3 or Flex 4 SDK, so Flash Builder 4 will help in your overall development even if you aren’t yet ready to use the new Spark components.

As you can see, there are lots of great new features and enhancements in Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4 – too many, in fact to list here. We recommend that you read the “What’s New in Flash Builder 4?”, “What’s New in Flex 4?”, and “Introduction to Spark” articles, as well as check out the rest of the new content published on the Adobe Developer Connection site to learn more. Additionally, you can watch David Wadhwani, Vice President and General Manager of the Flash Platform Business Unit describe the new set of products being added to the Flex product family.

If you’re just getting started with Flex then we hope that the new TestDrive content will get you up-to-speed on Flex and Flash Builder in just a couple of hours. If you have a little more time then you should review the Flex in a Week video training materials, which have been completely revised for Flex 4. There are plenty of other resources you can draw upon as you work with Flex and Flash Builder, including the new community-based in-product Help, Tour de Flex, the Flex Cookbooks and a completely re-vamped Flex.org site.

As excited as we are to ship these new products, we are already getting started on the next versions – if you have a feature idea that you’d like the product team to consider then we’d love to hear from you! You can now submit your feature ideas on the Adobe Labs Ideas website, as well as review existing ideas and vote on the ones you’d like to see us work on.

We couldn’t have delivered the new features in these products without the feedback received from everyone who participated in our public beta process or our pre-release programs. Thank you so much for helping us to create an amazing release! For those that did install a beta release of Flash Builder, be sure to uninstall the beta before installing the final release, otherwise you may find that your trial period has expired.

We think you will agree that these products will allow you to develop truly compelling user experiences that exceed your clients’ expectations. The entire team is excited to see what you build with Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4 over the coming months and we look forward to receiving your feedback on these releases in the Adobe Forums.

Andrew Shorten & Deepa Subramaniam,
Flash Builder and Flex SDK Product Managers