Review: Macromedia Flex and Flex Builder (22 Sep 2004)
Perhaps the best way to get a sense of the productivity benefits of Flex Builder is to compare it to Macromedia’s other Flash IDE, Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Professional. Both IDEs support a component called 'Accordion' that provides a compact interface widget for showing and hiding information. A Flash developer can drag the Accordion component to the stage, but to populate it with data must use the ActionScript Accordion.createChild() method to instantiate a UIObject or link an existing symbol. It’s not rocket science, but it is time consuming. A developer working with Flex Builder, on the other hand, can simply drag an Accordion container to the stage and populate it with drag-and-drop controls such as form widgets or images. The difference in productivity is an order of magnitude. Think of Flex Builder as Visual Studio.NET Light for Flash.
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