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Flex is a SDK (Software Development Kit) which allows for developing RIA applications.

Flex Tutorial

In this section we will discuss about Flex.

This section describes you the aspects of Flex such as what is Flex, benefits of flex, flex architecture, flex integration with different technologies, flex download, flex version.

What is flex ?

Flex is a SDK (Software Development Kit) which allows for developing RIA applications. Flex was developed by Macromedia, later the Adobe Systems had been acquired it and called Adobe Flex but, now it is known as Apache Flex. In, 2011 Adobe donated Flex to Apache Software Foundation and now it is being developed at Apache Software Foundation. Flex is a powerful open source application framework using which the Adobe Flash platform based, cross platform RIA applications can be developed and deployed.

Benefits of flex

  • Flex allows to develop and deploy the cross platform RIAs
  • It is distributed as an open source framework.
  • Flex applications are faster than the applications developed in HTML.
  • Flex does not put more overhead on network and database

Flex Architecture

Flex is designed in such a way that you can build applications from small and simple applications to larger and more complex applications. Flex as an application framework is a collection of classes that facilitate granular application functionality and services. You can build modular applications.

Flex Integration With Different Technologies

Flex can be integrated with various technologies such as PHP, .NET, Java, ColdFusion, etc.

Flex Download

Flex is available in various versions you can download Flex SDK from here http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/downloads.html.

Flex Versions

At the time of writing this section latest version of Flex SDK is version 4.9 and it is released under Apache license. Flex versions released before version 4.9 are as :

  • Version 4.8.0 (First Release under the incubator of Apache)
  • Version 4.5 (Adobe)
  • Version 4 (Adobe)
  • Version 3 (Adobe)
  • Version 2 (Adobe)
  • 1.5 (Macromedia)
  • 1.0 (Macromedia)

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Posted on: May 6, 2013

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