Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Flex

Flex is a presentation layer in a SWF package using Flash, residing in the client and interacting with the server to obtain data. It is very similar to Wicket, in that you would lay out UI components in a design and add business logic behind the scenes. While Wicket does it with HTML and Java, Flex does it with MXML and ActionScript. Flex is more towards application development than AJAX, but both can use each other.

A Flex interface requires a server API to talk to. This site shows four ways (ColdFusion, PHP, Java and ASP.NET) to go about it. The data returned by the API would be in XML for ease of use.

Sites of Interest:
What is Flex?
Flex and Ajax: So Happy Together
From Tags to Riches: Going from Web 1.0 to Flex

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