Flex development has not been the same it was before the recent release of the Adobe Flex SDK 4. The latest version explores into newer vistas that pertain to the modern day software development industry such as Software as a Service (SaaS).
Online PR News – 26-June-2010 – – India – June 24, 2010 – In the past few years there has been a significant increase in the number of toolkits and frameworks to support the modern day software development methodologies. The RIA development industry too has been showing more interest in offering Software as a Service (SaaS) architecture gradually. After Adobe took over the proceedings from Macromedia in 2004, the popular RIA development platform Flex saw some dramatic improvements over time and the recent overhaul of Flex development in no exception. Adobe made the Flex SDK open source for the Flex developer community to prosper uninhibitedly. On the other hand, Adobe released its proprietary product Flash Builder 4 which is a Flex development IDE based on the widely used open source Eclipse framework.
As the software industry is rapidly moving towards the cloud computing Adobe too joins the force by making its Flex platform cloud supportive, particularly SaaS. As Flex is widely adopted platform for RIA development this surely is a strategic tactic that would see it fight with Microsoft Silverlight for the cloud computing battle. As Microsoft too has entered the cloud with its Azure platform the battle is only going to heat up with passing time. This means great news for the developers as they would get better tools to work with and hence produce richer and more graphical RIAs and design higher user experiences. Flex is based on the Flash platform which makes it more impressive as the Flex developer can deliver smooth data-driven graphics and advanced transitions. There is no denying that the popularity of Flex is largely based on its ability to create a better user experience.
By implementing cutting edge technologies to the Flex SDK 4 Adobe aims big in capturing the SaaS industry by storm. One of the salient changes made were to the high profile Spark architecture which is a library to add awe inspiring designs to the Flex development. The RIA hosted on the server would woo the users and get them addicted to the application. Surely Adobe has come out strong this time to put forth a strong foot in the SaaS industry.