October 01, 2007

Flex 3: Four new features

The Flex team demoed four new features in the upcoming Flex 3:-

  1. A profiler for memory usage and performance.
  2. More language intelligence, especially including refactoring. Apparently refactoring support was the number one requested feature, which I find interesting,
  3. New data visualisation tools; richer styling and graphics support for charts, and a new advanced data grid with hierarchical elements, sorting, filtering, etc.
  4. Support for framework caching; the framework for your app can go into the Flash player cache on the client side, making subsequent loads faster. It wasn’t clear what distinguishes frameworkable elements from the rest of your app, though.

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  1. Steven Carpenter

    The caching thing is very interesting – as I understand it they have implemented a code-signing model to lock it down, but presumably code must be submitted and signed by Adobe? That could be problematic (although the idea is to allow the cached frameworks to be shared across domains), but this could reduce file sizes and app startup times considerably – makes me wonder why they didn’t just pre-cache the core Flex 3 framework into the player anyway. Adding more visualisation options is nice, but no revolution – it’s already possible to extend most components using custom item renderers.

    01 Oct 2007, 20:41

  2. Robert O'Toole

    By ‘framework’ I think they mean things like Cairngorm, which is a set of classes into which the app is built.

    03 Oct 2007, 13:52

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