October 30th, 2007
I purchased FlexBuilder yesterday. Seemed like a long flight (and the spare battery I picked up at the Apple store last week) would be a great opportunity to get stuck in to Flex at last.
Itâ€™s an interesting environment: very spare by contrast with the Flash IDE, very developery. That said, Iâ€™ve done all my Flex work up to this point (which is so far naught but hobby stuff) in the open source Flex SDK, and itâ€™s a LOT more enjoyable than that. I really like the DreamWeaver-style code/design views, which help the newbie developer wrap his head around the code.
A number of real oddities standout, though. Notably, the entire â€˜flâ€™ package seems to be missing, so AS3 code developed in Flash, if it uses anything within that package, wonâ€™t work. This seems mind-boggling to me. Maybe I just donâ€™t understand yet. I havenâ€™t tried fixing classpaths to Flash CS3 first run yet…that should work, but can that really be necessary? It also seems odd to me that I canâ€™t (so far as I can tell) drag-and-drop data components on-stage in the design view. I mean, OK, itâ€™s a â€˜designâ€™ view. I get that. But it would facilitate development substantially to be able to drag httpService onstage and set its properties through the Property Inspector, and whatâ€™s wrong with that?
Another issue: the PC copy my office purchased last week crashed and refused to re-open. I ultimately had to uninstall and reinstall to get it going.
So I guess youâ€™ll be hearing some impressions of my struggles with Fx over the coming weeks. Lucky you!