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Mobile Application Development with Flex
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by ishita Ganguly on Wednesday, 02 March 2011
Mobile Application Development with Flex


With the advancement of technology, everything in the world has become easier to attain but there is also another side of the story that we seldom talk about. Advanced technology has also paved way for new challenges and complications. Be it a computer system or mobile application, developers are constantly facing newer challenges to meet requirements of the end users. From framework to programming language, features to tools, every aspect of mobile application is becoming vital for the mobile application development companies. And, talking about advanced mobile technologies and market challenges, how can we not talk about mobile application development with Flex!  

 

With Flex, mobile app development has reached a new age of advancement. Although challenges and competition still remain the priority, but Flex has helped developers to take care that applications are multiple operating system friendly and browsers friendly. Developers are not only trying to upgrade the apps to suit most sophisticated mobile devices of this age, but they are also providing constant support in case the users find any difficulty with the application.  For example, previously Flex ‘Hero’ was developed to support Android powered mobile sets, but these days developers have started upgrading the SDK to match it up with Tablet OS, Blackberry, and Apple iOS.

 

With introduction of Flex ‘Hero’, users have discovered a number of new features and components, which are supported by Flash Catalyst ‘Panini’ and Flash Builder ‘Burrito’. Developers have found a new way of mobile development with Flex. The advanced features of ‘Hero’ allow them to use Flex technologies for developing multi-screen applications. They are also focused to further enhance the Spark components of Flex to launch a more professional version of Flex, namely Flex 4.

 

A standard mobile application development with Flex involves three basic components:

 

·         Adobe Flex SDK ‘Hero’

·         Flash Builder ‘Burrito’

·         Adobe AIR 2.5

 

There is a misconception that without Flash Builder Burrito and only using Flex SDK ‘Hero’, one cannot develop mobile apps. Quite contrary to it, Flex is a self-sufficient tool for building mobile applications. You just need to install Android Software Development Kit to test your creation on a device. Here, applying the Android SDK's "adb" tool and Adobe AIR SDK command-line packaging tool collectively might prove handy. Apart from these, there are Flex standalone apps, which come with great features to run on an iPhone and an iPad at once.

 

Now the question arises, what kind of mobile phones can run Flex applications? Any handset, which runs on Google Android 2.2, can have the mobile applications created with Flex. For example, Smartphones, Android, and tablet can carry Flex applications. However, it is better to mention that the preview release of Flex is not fully equipped to support tablets; however, the keen developers are expected to overcome this tiny hurdle in the coming months as well. To work with Flex developers with similar industry experience and creativity, visit http://www.evontech.com/flex-developers.html



Freelancer with Evon Technologies

Ishita Ganguly, a technical writer with years of industry experience, freelances for Evon. She is passionate about technologies and especially the new ones. Besides Technology, her other interests include films, books, and social meet-ups.

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