Posts in Category "Flex Builder"

Add Chrome Search Extension for the ActionScript® 3.0 API Reference (ASDoc)

Use the ActionScript® 3.0 Reference as the API reference for many Adobe products, including Flash Player, AIR, Flex, and LiveCycle. To improve searching of the reference in Chrome, install the “ActionScript 3.0 Search” extension:

ActionScript 3.0 Search


Stephen Gilson
Flex Doc Team

New Features Added to Adobe ActionScript API Reference (ASDoc)

Use the ActionScript® 3.0 Reference for the Adobe® Flash® Platform as the API reference for many Adobe products, including Flash Player, AIR, and Flex. The new release of the ActionScript Reference ( contains several new features:

  • Support for a quick search added to the Packages and Classes lists.The quick search lets you filter the content of the Packages and Classes lists as you type. This feature is not supported on IE 7 and IE 8.
  • When displaying all classes in the Classes list, selecting a class name in the list continues to display all classes.In the previous release, selecting a class name in the Classes list while displaying all classes changed the Classes list to display only the classes in the package of the selected class.
  • Added a Home link to the top of all pages.The Home link lets you navigate back to the index.html page from anywhere in the reference.
  • Fixes for issues associated with localization and translation.


Stephen Gilson
Flex Doc Team

Server-side typing for Flash Builder data access tools (PHP)

Flash Builder 4 introduces a rich set of tools for configuring access to data services. The Flash Builder documentation and tutorials can help you get started with writing PHP and ColdFusion services as well as configuring your applications to access these services.

However, the Flash Builder documentation examples and tutorials use client-side typing. You can also write PHP and ColdFusion services that implement server-side typing. Server-side typing simplifies the workflow in Flash Builder, and also provides server code that is easier to understand and maintain.

Client-side typing

Flash Builder uses client-side typing for services that do not specify data types for arguments or return values. To implement access to these services, Flash Builder needs to know the data types for the arguments and return values. Flash Builder tools introspects the services, prompting you to configure the necessary custom data types.

Here are links to the Flash Builder tutorials that use client-side typing:

This article provides documentation and an example for server-side typing in PHP. Later, I’ll provide a separate example for server-side typing in ColdFusion.

Server-side typing

Both PHP and ColdFusion allow you to define custom data types in server code. Flash Builder recognizes the custom data type during introspection of services. This simplifies the access to the service – you do not have to walk through wizard screens to configure custom data types.

This blog post contains an example for PHP that shows how to implement server-side typing. This basic application lists employees from a database. It also includes an input form to add new employees. This blog post contains the full source listing for both the client and server, plus a mini-tutorial.


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Any ColdFusion developers out there who are new to Flex?

Hi all,
The documentation group is conducting a brief survey to learn more regarding how customers get information about using Flex. In particular, we’re studying how ColdFusion developers get started learning Flex. So, if you’re a ColdFusion developer who is new to Flex, we’d like your feedback. Please click the link below to take a brief survey on the following topic:

Creating data-driven applications in Flash Builder 4

Thanks in advance,

LiveCycle Data Services 3 and doc available

LiveCycle Data Services ES2 version 3 is now available. Download the free developer edition.

LiveCycle Data Services documentation is available online:

* Using LiveCycle Data Services HTML | PDF
* Application Modeling Technology Reference HTML | PDF
* ActionScript Language Reference HTML
* Installing LiveCycle Data Services HTML
* Javadoc HTML
* Release Notes HTML
* Quick Starts HTML

More about Flex 4 Beta 2 documentation and learning resources

NOTE: Flex 4 shipped on March 22, 2010. Click here to read a blog post that describes the documentation set. Also, I suggest that you bookmark the Flex Developer Center Documentation tab for quick access to all Flex Learning Resources.

LiveCycle Data Services 3 Beta Available

LiveCycle Data Service 3 Beta 1 is now available on Adobe Labs.

The new model-driven development features in LiveCycle Data Services 3 offer a huge leap in productivity and ease-of-use for end-to-end applications. You start an application by creating a data model (a simple XML file) in the new “Modeler” editor that plugs into Flash Builder. From that model, you automatically generate data access logic on the server and Flex client code for working with the server code.

You can even generate much of a model by dragging existing SQL database tables into the Modeler editor. When you save the model, client code is automatically generated. When you deploy the model to the server, a fully functional Data Management Service destination is automatically generated on the LiveCycle Data Services server. You can support even the most advanced Data Management Service features just by creating and deploying a model.

Using Flash Builder with LiveCycle Data Services, you can now build simple or complex data-driven applications without writing any server-side code or configuration files. You can also take full advantage of the new Flash Builder 4 features for building the client side of data-driven applications.

We would love to get your feedback on this release and the documentation. To learn more:

Test Drive the Flex 4 Beta Tutorials

Note: Flex 4 shipped on March 22, 2010. The final version of the tutorials is available at

Flex 4 / Flash Builder 4 Beta Docs Updated

Note: Flex 4 shipped on March 22, 2010.

The final version of the usage content is available at

The Platform Reference is available at ht

The Blueprint Eclipse plug-in is live on Adobe Labs (for Flex Builder 3 and Flash Builder 4)

I want to tell you about Blueprint, which we released on Adobe Labs last week and just last night updated to include support for Mac, Windows, Flex Builder 3, and Flash Builder 4.

Blueprint is an innovative code-centric search application, initially delivered as an Eclipse plug-in. It is a custom search tool that searches only for code (for now, it searches just for MXML and ActionScript). So, for example, if you search for DataGrid, it returns a set of code examples that use the Flex DataGrid control. But what’s really cool is that you can easily highlight, copy, and paste chunks of code right into your application, all without leaving Flex/Flash Builder.

For more information, see the Blueprint page on Adobe Labs