Adobe Systems has announced the availability of Adobe Flash Builder 4 and ColdFusion Builder software, next generation Flash Platform tooling for building multiplatform rich Internet applications (RIAs). In addition, Adobe added a new Social service to its recently introduced Adobe Flash Platform Services.
Adobe Systems has announced the availability of Adobe Flash Builder
4 and ColdFusion Builder software, next generation Flash Platform
tooling for building multiplatform rich Internet applications (RIAs).
In addition, Adobe added a new Social service to its recently
introduced Adobe Flash Platform Services.
Flash Builder 4, formerly known as Adobe Flex Builder, is an
Eclipse-based development tool for building multiplatform rich Internet
applications (RIAs) and content using the open-source Flex framework.
Developers can build more intuitive Web applications that enable
customers, partners and employees to better understand and use data,
Adobe officials said.
In addition, Flash Builder 4 accelerates development and testing of
RIAs and content, providing new and improved coding and testing
capabilities, while allowing designers and developers to more
efficiently collaborate using new integrated workflows with Adobe
Creative Suite. And Flash Builder 4 enables enhanced integration with a
variety of data back ends -- including PHP, ColdFusion, Java and Adobe
LiveCycle -- and easy introspection and consumption of Representational
State Transfer (REST) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) based
"Companies are under extraordinary pressure to keep their
competitive edge," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice
president, Adobe Platform Business Unit, in a statement. "The Flash
Platform helps companies deploy business-critical applications to a
wide audience, while ColdFusion Builder and Flash Builder truly
accelerate the development process. We look forward to seeing what our
talented developer community creates with these latest additions in our
Chris Griffith, a staff engineer at Qualcomm, said: "Adobe Flash
Builder 4 and the Flex framework have become invaluable in Qualcomm's
user experience efforts. With the release of Flash Builder 4, it has
enabled us to build projects - from mobile to Web to the desktop -
faster and in a cleaner, more concise fashion. As a result, our team
can now explore new ideas without the previous overhead of recoding
user interface elements."
Meanwhile, Adobe also has introduced an updated version of its open
source Flex 4 framework, which includes a new component architecture
for RIAs providing separation of appearance and functionality, enabling
each to be changed independently without affecting the other. It
provides a new skinning and component architecture, code-named Spark,
which builds on top of the existing MX architecture, providing a more
efficient mechanism for developers and designers to work together to
control the appearance of their Flex applications.
"Creating the UI components with the new skinning architecture in
Adobe Flash Builder is significantly faster - making my job much easier
and less stressful - and lets us produce more creative, compelling
interfaces," said Jason Ervin, a Flex and Flash developer at Spiceworks.
Emmanuel Laborde, director of engineering at SAP, said, "When our
developers work with Flex, they can take a more creative, visual
approach to building applications, and it shows in quality and
interactivity of the end product."
And Jaanus Kase, an engineer in the human-computer interaction
program at Carnegie Mellon University, said, "I've worked in other
half the time to create each iteration. With Flex, I can focus on
delivering an engaging user experience, versus spending non-productive
time debugging, working on speed optimizations, or worrying about
browser compatibility issues."