Apache Flex Committer

Having been on vacation – I’m a bit late in posting this… but last week was invited to join Apache Flex as a committer. I accepted :)

The Apache Flex PMC is excited to welcome Joseph Labrecque as our newest committer! Joseph has been steadily contributing to the Flash and Flex community for several years. He is very well known in the learning and conference speaking circuits as well.

Please join us in welcoming him as a committer to the Apache Flex project.

So what will I be contributing to the project? Not quite sure yet – though I am open to anything that comes my way and have this year produced a number of video tutorials on getting started with Apache Flex, IntelliJ IDEA, Starling, Feathers, and more. Was happy to hear also that Ben Forta called out this series a few months back!

fortaflex

So if interested in how you can use Flex with IntelliJ – check out the tutorials:

Also be sure to visit the Apache Flex website!

Starling, Feathers, and Adobe® AIR® with IntelliJ IDEA

As mentioned in my previous post about Apache Flex® and Adobe® AIR® with IntelliJ IDEA… I have also recorded a free series of videos around Starling, Feathers, and Adobe AIR with IntelliJ IDEA.

You may be aware that I have a full, extended course on using Starling and Feathers to build a mobile application using Adobe AIR published over at Lynda.com: Building a Mobile App with Feathers and Starling. That course is much more involved but this set of videos should be a good introduction to using these frameworks in IntelliJ IDEA.

You can watch the playlist over on YouTube, or as embedded below:

Full source on GitHub: https://github.com/josephlabrecque/MobileStarling


Apache Flex, Flex, and Apache are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries, and are used with permission as of 2015. The Apache Software Foundation has no affiliation with and does not endorse or review the materials provided at this website.

Adobe, Adobe AIR, and Adobe Flash Builder are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

Apache Flex® and Adobe® AIR® with IntelliJ IDEA

I have recorded a free series of 10 videos around Apache Flex and Adobe AIR with IntelliJ IDEA. I believe that moving forward, IntelliJ IDEA is the best IDE for learning and using Apache Flex. Adobe Flash Builder used to fill this role, but Adobe has discontinued it’s free licensing to students for some time now… and will most likely not be updating that tool in the perceivable future. As a bonus – IntelliJ IDEA is an absolute beast that can handle just about anything ;)

You can watch the playlist over on YouTube, or as embedded below:

Full source on GitHub: https://github.com/josephlabrecque/MobileFlex

I’m also working on a similar series focused on using Starling, Feathers, and Adobe® AIR® with IntelliJ IDEA.


Apache Flex, Flex, and Apache are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries, and are used with permission as of 2015. The Apache Software Foundation has no affiliation with and does not endorse or review the materials provided at this website.

Adobe, Adobe AIR, and Adobe Flash Builder are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

Apache FlexJS 0.0.1 Released!

Apache has made the first official (alpha) version of the new FlexJS framework available to download. The BEST way to acquire this is to use the new Apache Flex SDK Installer version 3.0.

Check out the official announcement and read up on the FlexJS wiki.

flexinstaller

What is FlexJS? It is an application framework for which you write MXML and ActionScript 3 to compile to HTML and JavaScript through the FalcolnJX compiler. Go, Apache Flex!!!

From the FAQ:

FlexJS is the next-generation Flex SDK that that has the goal of allowing applications developed in MXML and ActionScript to not only run in the Flash/AIR runtimes, but also to run natively in the browser without Flash, on mobile devices as a PhoneGap/Cordova application, and in embedded JS environments such as Chromium Embedded Framework used in the Adobe Common Extensibility Platform . FlexJS has the potential to allow your MXML and ActionScript code to run in even more places than Flash currently does.

Just add it to your IDE like any other Flex SDK – simple!
addsdk

You’ll also need to install the new FlexJS configuration options. In the case of Flash Builder, go to File > Import > Run/Debug > Launch Configurations. Point to your FlexJS SDK root and choose /ide/flashbuilder. Now simply choose the new launch configurations and hit Finish!
importlaunch

To run with these new launch configurations, just choose to run using the external tools commands:
run

They have made numerous examples to get started with the framework which ship with the SDK and can be found in the examples folder.

Information around building/converting projects can be found in this document.

A whole new world, friends!