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The Pain of Downloading A Complete Flex SDK

Posted in Flex, Tools, Flex 3, Flex 4, Flash Builder 4 by Joeflash on the November 24th, 2009

Usually, when adding new upgraded SDKs to Flex Builder, say to version 3.4, I’ll go to the adobe open source site and download them from here. Problem is, I’ve then got to hunt around for the download link for the datavisualization components and the automation components (not that I use them all that much, I just like to have them handy).

This page on Adobe’s website tells you that the datavisualization components and the automation components are available on this page. And yet you go there, and no download link. Turns out that the actual download page was listed on the Flex Team’s blog, which leads you to the correct download page here. Good thing I bookmarked it, or I might have a real hard time finding it, cause it sure doesn’t show up on a simple Google search.

And then I’ve got to merge the upzipped datavisualization and automation folder structures with the unzipped Adobe SDK download, to get a “complete” SDK.
What a huge pain.

But there’s an easier way.

While I was installing Flex Builder to a new machine, including migrating all my SDK version folders, I thought, why not take a peek at the latest Flash Builder 4 Beta 2 application installation?

And lo and behold, versions of the following SDKs, which include datavisualization and automation components:

  • Flex SDK version 3.4.1.10084 (stable build)
  • Flex SDK version 4.0.0.10485 (milestone build)

(You can find the full SDK version number in the flex-sdk-description.xml file in the root of the SDK folder.)

So all I did was copy those folders from the Flex SDK 4 Beta 2 sdk folder to the Flex Builder 3 sdk folder, et voilà! :)

NOTE: the Flex SDK 4 Beta 2 download from the Adobe Labs page is incorrectly named as version 4.0.0.100509 in the filename. This zip file is in fact version 4.0.0.10485, and is the exact same zip file as the milestone listed on this page, which you can download here.

Except for one thing…

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Stratus-pheric Confusion

Posted in Enigmacopaedia, Business, Branding, Adobe by Joeflash on the November 20th, 2009

You may have heard the news that last month, Adobe and Salesforce.com jointly announced Flash Builder for Force.com (which is a great idea by the way).

And it’s codenamed — are you ready for this? — Stratus.

Gosh that seems familiar… isn’t there already a product with that name? Why yes, it’s Status, Adobe’s RTMFP service.

You’d think that if someone were to introduce a product using Adobe’s tools, they could at least Google whether it had been taken.

Maybe next time they should use a codename generator ;)