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In my book Begiing Flex And Java I explain both using HTTPService and RemoteObject components and how to map Java objects to Actionscript Objects using BlazeDS.

here an example of my book that shows how Flex can use the Spring Java user service layer:


12 years ago
yes go for the commercial one.

Download the trial of the Flex builder 3 eclipse plugin. If you don't find it I can help you.
12 years ago
He is trying to kill Flash but I think he will fail.

Right now more than 90% of the video in internet are Flash and even if Apple is pushing the HTML5 video player I think they will support flash soon or later.

Google Android is supporting the Flash player 10.1 on both mobile and the next coming tablet and in USA Andorid is becoming very popular.

I'm an Iphone user since his first launch 3 years ago ( I cued the first day at the London apple store to have it!) but Since when Apple decided to change the rules again blocking all cross compiler application such as Flash CS5 I have to say the I was a little bit pissed off and ended up buying and Android phone planning to sell my Iphone.

Probably like me there are many other people with the same feelings even if I still love Apple; at the time of writing I didn't sell the Iphone yet ( an probably I won't) and trying to use both phones just to have a comparison and test my games.

I bought also an Ipad and have to say that is a great tool, but is Google comes out with a similar tool that support Flash, Java and has a USB port probably I'll move to that one.

So I think that Apple will support soon or later Flash otherwise they risk to lose market.

12 years ago
The book covers Flex 3.5 and works with Flash Builder.

I think you should learn both 3 and 4 even they are pretty similar.
12 years ago
This book is about what you need to know to start using Hibernate, Spring, Flex and Maven together, whether you are a Java developer or a Flex developer.

You need some Java basic even if I dedicate a chapter to the IDE configuration to allow beginners to configure all what they need to develop JEE applications.

It is definitely not an Handbook for Flex.

Have a look to this post

https://coderanch.com/t/495119/Flex/Beginning-Java-Flex
12 years ago
I use the Eclipse Flex Builder plugin. You can use also FDT ( I was using it years ago ) but I suggest to go for the Flex Builder.
You could use also any editor and compile using the Flex command line compiler.

In my book I dedicate a chapter to the IDE configuration in order to start developing Flex-BlazeDS-Spring-Hibernate applications.
12 years ago
Exactly. You should have the basic of Java even if in my book I dedicated a chapter to help beginners to configure all what the need to start developing JEE applications.
12 years ago
the book is based on flex sdk 3.5 with Eclipse Ganymede and Flex Builder 3 plugin

In the book I explained how to build the Flex applicaiton using the flex Builder.

Personally I use both, the Flex builder and ther Maven plugin called Flex Mojo.

If you don't know Maven, I dedicate a chapter to it.
12 years ago
This book is about what you need to know to start using Hibernate, Spring, Flex and Maven together, whether you are a Java developer or a Flex developer.

Have a look to this post

https://coderanch.com/t/495119/Flex/Beginning-Java-Flex

12 years ago

My book is about what you need to know to start using Hibernate, Spring, Flex and Maven together, whether you are a Java developer or a Flex developer. Probably there is more about Hibernate and Spring than there is about Flex, but this is because the Spring and Hibernate learning curve is more complex than that of Flex/Actionscript.

So that's why I didn't cover all Flex components in detail (even though I wrote an overview of the layout and form components) but I focused on the most important ones to connect Java and Flex through BlazeDS. This is the purpose of the book. I didn't introduce Flex-Mojo, Spring-Actionscript and micro architectures like Cairgorm because that was far too much information for just one book.

I explain how to configure BlazeDS in order to map Java Object to Actionscript Obejct and how to exchange real time messaging between to different applications.

I show the reader how to inegrate the Spring Security in a Flex client and how to map a data model using hibernate as ORM.

I show the reader how to use Maven to downlaod all libraries that we need to develop Flex-BlazeDs-Spring-Hibernate projects.

For my expirience even the smartes Java developers coming from Swing they find problems in configuring all these technologies all toghethers and then the have problems in redering data, creating custom components etc..

To sum up, this book is a great introduction for Flex developers that want to begin using such important frameworks as Spring an Hibernate, and for Java developers that want to have an overview of Flex, BlazeDS and Maven.

I also created a Maven archetype that allow you to create Flex-BlazeDS-Spring-Hibernate project ready to go.
12 years ago
The only big player that is trying to assasinate Flash, is Apple, but as you know Apple doesn't support Java as well.

Apart that, Google is embeding Flash into is Browser (Crhome) and even Firefox is doing the same.

On the mobile side Google Android 2.1 supports the entire version of the FlashPlayer 2.1.

It is an intresting war and yesterday Abobe advetise that they love apple!

12 years ago
I used javascript a lot but I still prefer Flex and actionscript to it. Javascript is such a pain in the a***s

and for my programmer ego is doesn't feed my appetite of knowledge

Actionscipt 3 is a proper OO language, very similar to Java and I think it is perfect for RIA and enterprise applications.

However I'm not going into the comparison because you can find many of them on internet, I will just give my personal point of view based on my experience.

I believe that with Flex/Actionscript you can build Richest User Interface than with Javascript. In web applications I use even both together.

I continue evaluating and trying new technologies but until now I didn't find a real good competitor of Flex. Probably the only one is GWT but still not at the same level for Flex and probably just for UI. With Flex you can build also Games, WebTV and much more. The Flex frameworks are growing every day for 3d, physic, MVC patterns, microarchitectures, etc..
There is also a framework that compile your application in c++ ready for the iphone.
Another option is JavaFX but it hasn't got the same penetration as the Flash Player.

Years ago I've worked with GWT and at the end we had to rebuild the application using Flex to satisfy our client.

I've worked also in some projects using SpringMVC integrated with some JavaScript/Ajax frameworks and even if the result was good the code was terrible to maintain.

I'm not a Flex fanatic but I love technologies and for my experience at the time of writing in term of RIA Flex/Actionscipt is the best one.

I won't never back to JavaScript and if Flash will ever die my choice will be GWT, JavaFX or back to Java Swing

Hope it helps!
12 years ago
Hi Guys,
my name is Filippo di Pisa and I want to thank all of you to give me the opportunity to present my book.

Beginning Java and Flex is about what you need to know to start using Hibernate, Spring, Flex and Maven together, whether you are a Java developer or a Flex developer.

Probably there is more about Hibernate and Spring than there is about Flex, but this is because the Spring and Hibernate learning curve is more complex than that of Flex/Actionscript.

I didn't cover all Flex components in detail because I would have need a book just for them, and the Adobe Flex reference is quite complete; so I decided to focus on the most important ones to connect Java and Flex through BlazeDS and to present and manage data using layout containers, forms, datagrid, custom components and item renderers. I think that is all what you need to develop a RIA using Flex and Java.

Finally I created a Maven archetype that allows to create a Flex-BlazeDs-Spring-Hibernate project ready to go.

I really suggest to give a go to these technologies because there is a lot of learn from them.

I wrote also some chapters really for beginners to help them to configure their Java development environment.

At your disposal if you have any questions.

Cheers,

Filippo




12 years ago