I just had theÂ absolutely horrible experienceÂ pleasure of using Flex again. Â For details why, check Appcelerant in the next few days. Â However, there were a few things that I couldn’t help but get off my chest.
- The documentation sucks, especially for their command line tools.Â Â I will readily admit that this is partially my fault, but I don’t quite understand the relationship between ActionScript, MXML and Flex. I spent about a day just getting bogged down in figuring out what I need to get things done. Â
- Related to above, there aren’t enough good examples.Â Â At least on pages that are easily accessible for free, there wasn’t very much actual code that was helpful. Â Most of what I was presented with, I couldn’t make heads or tails of.
- Flex/Flash (Flesh?)Â is actually quite good when you want to do something visually snazzy. Â It should be used in these cases.
- c.verticalScrollPolicy = ScrollPolicy.off; c.horizontalScrollPolicy = ScrollPolicy.off;Â Are the most crucial lines when it comes to developing in Flex. Â Otherwise, Flex will put ugly scrollbars oneverything.
- The Flex-Ajax Bridge is really cool.Â While this does suffer from the same documentation pitfall as Flex proper, the bridge is really neat. Â The biggest benefit is that it allows a developer to use Flex for it’s strengths (snazzy visuals, scrollbars, etc) and use something else for the rest.
- You can’t index a Flash Movie.Â Â If it’s not on Google, it doesn’t exist. Â
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