The moment that many Flash Platform developers around the world have been waiting for is finally here – Flash Builder (beta) and Flash Catalyst (beta) are now available for download from the Adobe Labs web site.
A Milestone for Rich Application Development
After many months of rigorous testing, migrating, conducting Q-A, and discussing issues in the pre-release forums to solve complex problems, the official public betas were finally dropped early this week.
As noted by Adobe, the intent of these beta releases is to improve upon three critical facets of the development life cycle: developer productivity, designer-developer workflow, and data-centric application development. The extent of the features that have been included in what used to be labeled “Flex Builder” are so ginormous that you will likely agree that it was worth slapping an entirely different name on it. It is clearly light years beyond Flex Builder 3. The release of these two programs to the public – though still in beta – mark a significant milestone in the evolution of RIA technology as a whole nonetheless.
Getting Started, Step-by-Step
In the spirit of all Adobe [...]