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Update to Flex SDK 3.5

The Flex team has released an update to the 3.5 SDK that addresses an issue with the Flex-based AIR auto-update UI packaged within the SDK (SDK-24766). The refreshed build, SDK 3.5a, has only a few files modified in order to fix this issue and this change does not affect the signing and caching of the SDK 3.5 RSLs originally released in December.

We encourage all developers using SDK 3.5 to upgrade their build to SDK 3.5a to continue their development. The SDK 3.5a can be found in the “Latest Milestone Release Build” table here:

Flex SDK 3.5 Released

Flex SDK 3.5, the latest official build, has been released for a few weeks on the Flex Open Source site and can now also be found on the main downloads page with the updated data visualization components. We are not releasing a new version of Flex Builder, but the 3.5 version will work in Flex Builder using the multi-sdk feature.

This release supports the security updated runtimes of Flash Player 10.0.42 and AIR 1.5.3. Additionally, it includes key bug fixes in the SDK, which can be viewed here (please login to the bug system to see this list).

The Flex 3 Language Reference have also been updated to 3.5.

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Flex 4 SDK Beta 2 ready for download!

We’re excited to announce that the second Flex 4 SDK beta 2 is now available for download! Check out the Labs page and the Flex 4 Open Source page for more details. Also, be sure to check out Matt Chotin’s updated What’s new in the Flex 4 Beta and Joan Lafferty’s Differences between Flex 3 and Flex 4 articles. This beta release also coincides with the beta 2 releases of both Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst.
We received great feedback on beta 1, which we incorporated into beta 2. We hope you’ll keep the discussion going on the Labs forums.

Temporarily Disabling JIRA Functionality

Due to significant recent performance and reliability issues with our JIRA bug database, we will be making a series of changes over the next several weeks. So far, the changes we’ve made include disabling the following functionality:

  • RSS
  • Remote API calls
  • XML search requests
  • Anonymous browsing

As a result, this may affect some existing apps and public wiki pages using xml search requests. We apologize for the inconvenience, however, we would like to keep this disabled until we can dive deeper in the cause and possible solutions. Thanks for your patience as we try to resolve these issues.

Do you want to contribute to the Flex open source project?

We’d like to gauge community interest in contributing to the Flex open source project. Please take this 15 minute survey and be thorough in describing what your particular interests are. Please provide your contact information so that in the future we can reach out to you and keep you informed about our open source developments. We look forward to hearing from you!

Flex SDK 3.4 Released and Security Update

Flex SDK version 3.4, the latest production quality release, has been released. You can download it from the Flex Open Source page. We are not releasing a new version of Flex Builder. However, the SDK 3.4 version will work in Flex Builder using the multi-sdk feature. You may want to postpone updating if you’re using the Data Visualization components, they will be available in about a week when SDK 3.4 is posted on the site.

This release supports the security updated runtimes for Flash Player 10 and AIR 1.5. Additionally, it includes key bug fixes in the SDK, one of which addresses a critical security bug (more below), and bug fixes provided by the community.

An important vulnerability has been identified in Flex SDK 3.3 and earlier versions. This vulnerability could result in cross-site scripting. We recommend all users of Flex SDK 3.3 and earlier versions update to the newest version, Flex SDK 3.4. Please refer to this security bulletin for further information.

You can find the SDK bugs that were fixed in Flex SDK 3.4 here.

Open Iteration Meeting next Tuesday

When: Tuesday, August 18th at 10am – 11am PDT (Find your time zone here)


As mentioned in our previous post, we’ve had a lot of developments as a result of the beta feedback we received from many of you. We’re taking additional time to improve the experience when using Spark (the new component set introduced in Flex 4) and Halo together. We’ll be hosting another Open Iteration Meeting next week to discuss these updates. Post a comment here if there are particular questions you’d like addressed in this meeting and please continue to post to the forums if you have additional feedback or questions. Look forward to see you next week and if you’re unable to attend the OIM recordings will be posted to the Flex Open Source site.

Blogs from the source

Here’s a fairly comprehensive list of blogs maintained by engineers on the Flex, Flash Builder, and Catalyst teams. You’ll find plenty of examples, tutorials, tips and tricks, and discussion on new features available in our betas.

(in no particular order :) they’re all awesome)

Flex team:

Matt Chotin’s Blog

Flex Examples – numerous Flex examples


flexreport – a discussion of the less intuitive aspects of Flex components and applications

Pete’s Blog

Daniel Koestler – AIR, Flex, Flash, and other Adobe technology

Peter deHaan – Confessions of a Flex QA

Hans Muller’s Flex Blog – a technical blog about the Flex 4 (Gumbo) API (stay tuned for posts about new Flex support for scrolling and layout virtualization)

Flex Butterflies and Bugs – Flex news, workarounds for bugs and solutions for common problems, from a quality perspective

Codependent – graphics and animation with Flex and the Flash platform

Frish’s blog – Flex 4 (Gumbo)

iamdeepa on flex

Flexponential – DataGroup, List, virtualization, Flex Component Kit, and more

Quietly Scheming – examples and custom components

Evtimmy – custom layouts

Alex’s Flex Closet – examples and discussion of common problems, especially around memory management and item renderers

Tips and Tools of Flex – tools in the Flex SDK

Flex Spaghetti – code samples, tips, and a couple ramblings about the Flex bug database

Just Suppose – UI, Flex, and Flash

Flash Builder team:

Getting and Setting – Builder coding features like refactoring and code generation

mikemo – Builder debugger

Tim Buntel’s Web Log – Flex particularly relating to the ColdFusion

Flex Thoughts – Flex charts, general IDE features and DCD (Data Centric Development) features of Builder

Marking Occurrences – Flash Builder language intelligence features such as Find References

Radhakrishna’s blog

Flex Automation – Automation of Flex apps

A Flex Enthusiast!

Flex Guard
– Builder DCD for LCDS and BlazeDS servers, using Profiler and Network Monitor features of Builder 4

My Take On Tech – DMV Charts and more to come on PHP workflow (DCRAD)

Exploring Flex – DCD workflow of Builder – details of the wizards that form DCD

Sujit Reddy G – The Evangelist – DCD features in Builder

The GLog (Geek bLOG) – Flash Builder, Eclipse and Java

Catalyst team:

much ado about something – Flex/AIR/Flash Catalyst

Flex and Flash Builder Betas Feedback Survey

If you’ve had a chance to play around with the Flex and Flash Builder betas, we’d greatly appreciate getting your feedback on your experience. Please take 15 minutes to fill out our survey. Thanks for your help!