Android Community 101: What is Flash Builder? (4.5)

April 11, 2011
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Behold the great conquerer of world, the great unifier that works better than a big bar of chocolate, or so they're hoping. This is Flash Builder 4.5, a version of the app to build apps that'll soon create standalone Flex AIR apps that'll work on Android, Blackberry, and Apple's iOS, all inside the same framework! What this means, if it's adopted by enough individuals, is that developers are about to have a whole heck of a lot easier time creating cross-platform moneymakers to turn awesome experiences into cash.


Flash Builder is what Makes a Flash-Based Project

Of course, that's not the only reason people make apps, right, not just for the money - but it IS a reality, developers gotta get paid, so an Action Script language-based mini-platform in Flash might well be the answer. Flash, as we know it right this moment, is primarily used for video inside browser windows - people might argue that it's attempting to fan out, and that it HAS fanned out, but the main functionality remains inside video. What this version of Flash Builder will be doing is encouraging developers to create apps that'll run on essentially any platform that can work with a Flash plugin, or in the desktop's case, Flex AIR.

PHP and Further Integration

This newest version of Flash Builder, there's also support for PHP (another scripting language) that'll allow developers to have PHP on their side, Flash on the user's side, and this new development environment in between. This newest version of Flash Builder has also moved on to Eclipse version 3.6.1 (Helios) - Eclipse being another environment in which a developer of Android apps can create, edit, fix, and generally go wild. Have a peek at this official video from Adobe on this brand new version of the creator of Flash worlds:


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  • Micgrideon

    Crap video guys. Not mobile friendly at all…

    • http://chaoticaa.myopenid.com/ Ari-Sama

      It’s “Adobe TV”… You can’t expect anything made by Adobe to be quite so mobile friendly!

  • http://chaoticaa.myopenid.com/ Ari-Sama

    I’m usually against automated cross-platform developing. Many OS’s, more applicable with mobile OS’s, have a certain look and feel that all apps need to conform to to match the look and feel of the OS. Some example OS’s are iOS and WP7, or on the desktop OS X. Apps that don’t follow the feel of all other apps just seem so out of place on those devices.

  • http://chaoticaa.myopenid.com/ Ari-Sama

    I’m usually against automated cross-platform developing. Many OS’s, more applicable with mobile OS’s, have a certain look and feel that all apps need to conform to to match the look and feel of the OS. Some example OS’s are iOS and WP7, or on the desktop OS X. Apps that don’t follow the feel of all other apps just seem so out of place on those devices.