De MonsterDebugger is an open source debugger for Adobe Flash, Flex and AIR. De MonsterDebugger is made in Flex and AIR by design studio De Monsters.

I have seen various postings about integration between FlexUnit with Ant, however most solutions seem to require a Flex server. My motivation here was to create an Ant task that has no dependency on a server. That would allow unit tests to be run in autonomously.

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My solution is comprised of a controlling Ant task, flexunit, and a FlexUnit test runner, JUnitTestRunner, which is shown in the diagram below. The flexunit task starts a socket server running inside of a thread and launches the Flash Player, which runs the tests using the JUnitTestRunner. When JUnitTestRunner has finished running the test it formats the results as per the JUnit XML format and sends them to the flexunit task over an XML Socket, the flexunit task then saves them to disk. We can then use the JUnitReport task to create a report or use CruiseControl to create a report.

I spoke about Cairngorm 2.2 in the Flex Bootcamp at Max this week. Many people were interested in Cairngorm, but I only had about 10 minutes to explain the basics of Cairngorm. I guess the easiest way to assist these people is to do a quick blog series on the benefits of Cairngorm. This series will combine articles with "code-along" videos.

Cairngorm is the lightweight micro-architecture for Rich Internet Applications built in Flex or AIR. A collaboration of recognized design patterns, Cairngorm exemplifies and encourages best-practices for RIA development advocated by Adobe Consulting, encourages best-practice leverage of the underlying Flex framework, while making it easier for medium to large teams of software engineers deliver medium to large scale, mission-critical Rich Internet Applications.

Mate is a tag-based, event-driven Flex framework. Flex applications are event-driven. Mate framework has been created to make it easy to handle the events your Flex application creates. Mate allows you to define who is handling those events, whether data needs to be retrieved from the server, or other events need to be triggered. In addition, Mate provides a mechanism for dependency injection to make it easy for the different parts of your application to get the data and objects they need.

Swiz is a framework for Adobe Flex that aims to bring complete simplicity to RIA development. Swiz provides Inversion of Control, event handing, and simple life cycle for asynchronous remote methods. In contrast to other major frameworks for Flex, Swiz imposes no JEE patterns on your code, no repetitive folder layouts, and no boilerplate code on your development. Swiz represents best practices learned from the top RIA developers at some of the best consulting firms in the industry, enabling Swiz to be simple, lightweight, and extremely productive.

When I found out about fcsh, tried it out and saw how much faster it was than mxmlc, of course I wanted to immediately start using it instead in my build scripts. The biggest problem with doing this, though, is the fact that the basic operation of these two programs is fundamentally different: when you run mxmlc, it compiles the project, prints some messages to standard output and then exits

[...]. Fcsh, on the other hand, throws you into a shell of its own and expects you to essentially operate it from within itself (instead of simply calling it with some arguments and then having it return with some standard output and an exit status like mxmlc).

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I tried to search for a solution to this problem that somebody else might have come up with but didn’t find an adequate one (a list of the ones that I could find is further down), so I decided to give it a shot myself.

Degrafa is

* a declarative graphics framework

* open source

* licensed under MIT.

Gilead stands for Generic Light Entity Adapter. It permits you to send Persistent entities (and especiallay the partially loaded ones) outside the JVM (GWT, Flex, Web-Services, ...) without pain. No LazyInitialisationException. No DTO mapping. Just POJO and Domain Driven Design :) !

Flex Builder Linux is a plugin-only version of the Flex Builder that you can use to build Flex applications on Linux. Feedback from previous alpha releases has been very positive, and we are pleased to continue offering this version.

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