Welcome to the family, Flash Builder 4!
March 22, 2010
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This morning Adobe’s Flash Builder 4 and ColdFusion Builder 1.0 were released! I feel like both have been in beta for ages and ages, but that’s most likely because they’ve been stable so long, and the world has been using it for at least the last six month.
So, what’s so great about Flash Builder 4? Lots and lots. This 4th generation IDE really strives to make our (developers) lives better by making the work flows faster and better. One of the biggest updates is the inclusion of the “DCD” or Data-Centric-Development work flow. Flash Builder 4 abstracts all of the work that went into connecting Flex to database or back-end server like PHP or ColdFusion. In mere seconds you can populate a datagrid from a web-service or AMF based PHP/ColdFusion code without worrying about all the connecting code that went into it. And the code that is generated is not sloppy, template laden crud we would expect to find, but rather a best-practices implementation that is extendable to match how you are coding today. DCD also allows for some of the features that were difficult to implent without the help of LCDS in the past like publishing the changes back to the database, data paging, etc.
Below is a quick screencast I made detailing the DCD workflow in Flash Builder 4:
I will be posting more tutorials soon on some of my more favorite features of FB4, and ColdFusion Builder. This is truly an epic release and I’m glad I was able to be able to work it in its final release :)