ADOBE FLASH BUILDER (previously known as ADOBE FLEX BUILDER) is an
integrated development environment (IDE) built on the Eclipse platform
that speeds development of rich Internet applications (RIAs) and
cross-platform desktop applications , particularly for the Adobe Flash
Prior to version 4, this product was known as Flex Builder. The name
change is meant to signify its connection to other products in the
* 1 History
* 2 Versions
* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links
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MACROMEDIA FLEX 1.0 AND 1.5
Macromedia targeted the enterprise application development market
with its initial releases of Flex 1.0 and 1.5. The company offered the
technology at a price around US$15,000 per CPU . Required for
deployment, the Java EE application server compiled
ADOBE FLEX 2
Adobe significantly changed the licensing model for the Flex product line with the release of Flex 2. The core Flex 2 SDK, consisting of the command-line compilers and the complete class library of user interface components and utilities, was made available as a free download. Complete Flex applications can be built and deployed with only the Flex 2 SDK, which contains no limitations or restrictions compared to the same SDK included with the Flex Builder IDE.
Adobe based the new version of Flex Builder on the open source Eclipse platform. The company released two versions of Flex Builder 2, Standard and Professional. The Professional version includes the Flex Charting Components library.
Enterprise-oriented services remain available through Flex Data Services 2. This server component provides data synchronization, data push, publish-subscribe and automated testing. Unlike Flex 1.0 and 1.5, Flex Data Services is not required for the deployment of Flex applications.
Coinciding with the release of Flex 2, Adobe introduced a new version
Flex was the first Macromedia product to be re-branded under the Adobe name.
ADOBE FLEX 3
On April 26, 2007 Adobe announced their intent to release the Flex 3 SDK (which excludes the Flex Builder IDE and the LiveCycle Data Services) under the terms of the Mozilla Public License . Adobe released the first beta of Flex 3, codenamed Moxie, in June 2007. Major enhancements include integration with the new versions of Adobe's Creative Suite products, support for AIR (Adobe's new desktop application runtime), and the addition of profiling and refactoring tools to the Flex Builder IDE.
ADOBE FLASH BUILDER AND FLEX 4
Adobe released Flex 4.0 (code named Gumbo) on March 22, 2010. The
Flex 4 development environment was rebranded from Adobe Flex Builder
Some themes that have incorporated into Flex 4:
* Design in Mind: The framework has been designed for continuous
collaboration between designers and developers.
* Accelerated Development: Be able to take application development
from conception to reality quickly.
* Horizontal Platform Improvements: