Flex is being adopted by many Java shops, ISVs and OEMs to build applications inside and outside the firewall. However, I also realize that there are still many Java developers who are unfamiliar with Flex, and sometimes have misconceptions about the product. Flex integrates particularly well with Java back-ends, and the feedback from Java developers who have tried the product has consistently been excellent.
One problem is that there are dozens of new products we could try every single day, but we only have so much time… So, with all that in mind, I wrote this 30 minutes test-drive to give Java developers an understanding — with a minimal time commitment — of how Flex works and what it can do: all you have to do is deploy a WAR file in Tomcat or a J2EE application server of your choice. The samples focus primarily on using Flex with a Java back-end. The intended audience is Java developers with no prior knowledge of Flex.
Don’t hesitate to post your questions/comments and any suggestion you have to improve this test-drive. Thanks!
UPDATE (1/12/2007): I put together a Tomcat-based Test Drive Server that includes this Test Drive running out-of-the box. Read this post for more info.