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Flex for lazy developers

6 Comments 08 April 2010

Flex for lazy developers

Sometimes, it’s good to be lazy. I’ve played a little bit with the new Data-Centric features of Flash Builder 4. When you combine the PHP service generation, the service introspection, and the visual data-binding on Datagrids or Charting components… you obtain a dashboard without typing any line of code. In this video, I start from scratch. I just have a MySQL database and a PHP server running. Few minutes later, I’ve got a Flex dashboard connected to my MySQL table. Amazing. Furthermore, the generated code is neat and I can extend it. Am I lazy or efficient?

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  1. You are effecient enough, that is why every thing looks cool. Thanks for sharing good video.

  2. Georges Jentgen says:

    So is the code good enough to put into production, or should the generated code just be used for development?

    On the first sight I am pretty sure to have to extend the code to do some special stuff, but then again, is it secure/good enough to just leave it as it is?

    Thanks for sharing the video!

  3. admin says:

    I’ve checked the code, and honestly, the quality is pretty good. The good news is that the code is generated in a super class. It means that you can extend the generated AS3 code without any impact on the client side. Regarding the generated PHP code, you definitely must review and adapt it to your security requirements. For instance, by default, the credentials to open the database are in the service file, which is obviously a security hole. But the PHP is commented with a lot of warning and best practices to optimize it.

  4. Denesh says:

    Fine to see a video like this. It was very useful without a code to connect charting.

  5. Daniel says:

    Hey nice video, really easy to use… well Im having a problem with a project that Im building, and I have no idea wat to do, and I cant seem to find a solution, I hope you can help me out..
    Well first of all flash builder creates the php file using the zend frameworks, and i installed it here in my localhost, and it runns smoothly, but when i post it to my shared hosting server, i had a problem cause it didnt have the zend fw, I managed to get the zend fw working but now there is no data being recovered in the data grid or anything binded to the php file.. please help me out wit this issue.. thanx


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