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Flex 2.0 Beta Open To Developers

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Adobe Systems released their Flex 2.0 Beta to developers to play with last week. The aim is to improve the offerings for developers to generate rich Internet applications. This combined with the Flash Player 8.5 release, they say the products will allow businesses to engage users more effectively and increase productivity while delivering stronger business results.

The new Flex 2.0 product comes from the Eclipse-based integrated development (IDE) for application development and UI design. The extensive component library, advanced data integration and support for standard back-end server infrastructure allows Flex 2.0 developers to build a set of rich and diverse applications. .

“Over the last 10 years we have used many technologies to build rich Internet applications for our clients, including DHTML-based and AJAX techniques, but we always found ourselves having to sacrifice either developer productivity or the richness of the user experience,” said Dave Wolf, vice president at Cynergy Systems. “With Flex 2.0 and Flash Player 8.5, we can finally deliver the kinds of rich applications our clients demand without compromise. That’s Web 2.0!”

The following components are part of the Flex beta program:

- Flash Player 8.5 – the latest high-performance client runtime for engaging Web experiences

- Flex Framework 2.0 – the core programming model and component library for Flex

- Flex Builder 2.0 – an Eclipse-based IDE for developing rich Internet applications with
the Flex Framework

- Flex Enterprise Services 2.0 – essential data services and an open adapter architecture for delivering data-intensive rich Internet applications and deeply integrating with enterprise service-oriented infrastructure

- Flex Charting Components 2.0 – extensible components for advanced data visualization
Beta versions of the full Adobe Flex 2.0 product line and Adobe Flash Player 8.5 are available now from Adobe Labs, at http://labs.adobe.com .

“Adobe is committed to delivering the tools and servers that application developers need to deliver engaging rich Internet applications, from interactive product configurators to mission critical business applications,” said David Mendels, senior vice president, Enterprise and Developer Business Unit at Adobe. “The response to the public alpha release of the Flex 2.0 product line has been tremendous, and we can’t wait to see what developers will do with the new capabilities found in this release.”

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John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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