Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the public beta of Adobe Flex 2.0 product line and Adobe Flash Player 8.5, an application development solution for delivering rich Internet applications.
The Flex 2.0 product line provides developers with an extensible application framework, programming model, standards-based data integration, and an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) for application development and UI design. With a component library, advanced data integration, and support for standard back-end server infrastructures, Flex 2.0 is designed to enable developers to build virtually any type of rich Internet application, from interactive sites, to rich data dashboards and portals, to data intensive enterprise applications. The following components are part of the Flex beta program: Flash Player 8.5, a client runtime for Web experiences; Flex Framework 2.0, the core programming model and component library for Flex; Flex Builder 2.0, an Eclipse-based IDE for developing rich Internet applications with the Flex Framework; Flex Enterprise Services 2.0, data services and an open adapter architecture for delivering data-intensive rich Internet applications and integrating with enterprise service-oriented infrastructure; and Flex Charting Components 2.0, extensible components for advanced data visualization.
Beta versions of the full Adobe Flex 2.0 product line and Adobe Flash Player 8.5 are available now from Adobe Labs. The Flex 2.0 product line is expected to be commercially available in the first half of calendar year 2006. The Flex Framework will be made available free of charge through the Flex Software Development Kit, which will include the command line compiler, and documentation required to develop, compile, and deploy Flex applications that connect to XML and SOAP Web services with no additional charges or server licensing required. Flex Builder 2.0 will be sold for less than $1,000 and will provide advanced visual design, code editing, debugging, and automated testing for delivering rich Internet applications. Flex Enterprise Services 2.0 will be free of charge for use by a limited number of concurrent users on a single, non-clustered server.