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Should Java developers learn Flex

Zeki Karaca

Joined: Oct 02, 2009
Posts: 20
What i am trying to figure out is if i should invest my time in learning Flex? I am a Java developer and don't have much time like most of us. So would you recommend me to take a deeper look at Flex and why?

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Paul Sturrock

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Which RIA technology do you currently use day to day?

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Zeki Karaca

Joined: Oct 02, 2009
Posts: 20
I am not sure if i can qualify this as RIA but currently i only use Struts 2. I am a beginning Java Developer. Maybe that clarifies things. I am eager to learn and just started working for a company in Amsterdam. This is my first job and i am learning a lot. But sometimes i wonder what topics i should and should not dive into. So that's why i wondered. Should i learn (or at least read a few articles on) Flex or not.
kopparapu v kiran kumar
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Joined: Oct 16, 2008
Posts: 32

I dont think we have some thing to learn and some thing not to learn. If you think your skill should be competitive, the answer from my end is a BIG YES.

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Tony Cagle

Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 23
When thinking about what to learn and what not to learn there are two things to consider. First is marketability of a certain technology, or in other words, will new job opportunities be available to me if I learn this? From what I have seen in the industry, the market is ripe for good Flex developers right now - its a very hot technology. Flex is in a good position right now because it has essentially passed its experimental/early adopter phase and is moving on to the mainstream - but there is not a glut of programming resources available right now. The second thing to consider is: do you like programming rich web functionality? If you prefer something like deep database development, or developing enterprise integration networking services, Flex is probably not for you. But if you like putting together highly functional web apps with a cutting edge feel, Flex is definitely a technology you should consider.

Just my 2cents

Himanshu Gupta
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Joined: Aug 18, 2008
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Learning Flex is not at all bad for Java or any other language developer.
Just to share what I have experienced in last few days while learning Flex:

  • Flex is easy to learn and a lot of commnity support is there to get help.
  • Development is much faster as compared to other UI frameworks. I worked a lot on JSF and I feel that going for Flex is much more productive.
  • Good market and it can fetch you a good number of projects if you are a freelancer.
  • If you learn Flex then you can catch up with Adobe AIR much faster.

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