Jeff has posted the podcast that we recorded a few weeks ago. You can hear a lot of my own opinions on where things stand, what’s cool about Flex 4, and more!
At some point in the interview I embarrass myself in not really knowing what’s coming in CF9 that’s going to benefit Flex developers, but since that time I have played with it a little in building an app I hope my team can use. There really are some great things with CF that make it very fast to build the back end to a Flex app (if you want to think of it as front-end first and back-end second). For example, I played with the upload utility which helps quickly get files up to the server for temporary storage. I’ve also been taking advantage of the ORM features so that you can really just write your value objects and not write any database code whatsoever. It makes writing your services for data storage and retrieval really easy! And then of course you’ve got CF Builder, an IDE that can really assist morons like me who don’t actually know what they’re doing in getting up to speed and being more productive once we do have a clue. Make sure to check out the CF9 betas on Labs!