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From Carlos Rovira <carlos.rov...@codeoscopic.com>
Subject Re: alternatives to flash builder
Date Wed, 02 Jan 2013 17:17:15 GMT
My experience is in Flash Builder and now in IntelliJ IDEA. I tried FDT and
FlashDevelop long time ago so better don't talk about it. Only a few
comments: FlashDevelop is only windows and the workflow is not optimized
for teams, is more a "one-person-tool". FDT is based on the same eclipse
platform, and maybe is better that Flash Builder, but until now I preferred
the Adobe solution since they was the people behind the technology. Today
maybe FDT and Flash Builder could be seen only by the quality,
functionality and features of both tools.

Right now, I think the battle is between Flash Builder and IntelliJ.

I have less experience with IntelliJ, and I see a great potential and a
team very involved and communicative. Making improvements and tickets to
make Flex development a first class citizen in the tool. I'm very impressed
and I'm helping in that way since IntelliJ has a few things to implement or
improve for people making advanced Flex development. For example things
like extract RSLs or finish the flexmojos maven workflow (something that is
not in Flash Builder).

Flash Builder in the other hand seems a little stuck and due to the Adobe
plans we should not expect to much about it. They let us know about the 5.0
version only for flash gamming, and 4.x to accomodate flex development.
Latest 4.7 version seems to have many problems with workflows that corrupts
workspace state and need some cumbersome manual user maintenance to get it
to work again. This is the case when you use Git and switch branches with
lots of divergences. The tool is not able to manage it.

In the other hand the maven workflow through flex-mojos is only in intelliJ
and never considered in Flash Builder. This is in my opinion one of the key
points to go IntelliJ. But as I say, in some cases (like ours) we already
need a bit more work in IntelliJ to be our official development tool.

In the end, we should think that Adobe quit from the development space and
IntelliJ took the torch, so you should expect a better tool in IntelliJ
IDEA due to both company plans in the long term.




2013/1/2 Nick Tsitlakidis <nickt@perfectedz.com>

> Never tried FDT but I love IntelliJ. It certainly needs some time so you
> can understand it's concepts but I think you will be greatly rewarded
> because of its features. It's coding assist tools are from another world
> (if you like that sort of assistance).
>
> There is also UML support that directly talks to your Flex classes and
> other small surprises all over the IDE that makes the development really
> fun.
>
> I sound like I advertise it, I know, but I was using Flash Builder before
> and when I made the switch I never looked back.
>
> That being said, there are some small features that aren't supported by
> Intellij and you can find them in FB, but the team at Jetbrains is taking
> feedback VERY seriously so they always push new functionality.
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM, aYo ~ <ayo@binitie.com> wrote:
>
> > Every time I try intelliJ there is some error or the other. I'd  love to
> > try it but installing it has been a bitch on Linux and Windows for me
> > On Jan 2, 2013 3:11 PM, "Tianzhen Lin" <tangent@usa.net> wrote:
> >
> > > Most recent switch to Flash Builder 4.7 was nothing but disappointment.
> >  I
> > > don't know if it happens to anyone, FB 4.7 hangs on me many times, and
> it
> > > uses substantially more CPU power, and I have to restart it at least
> once
> > > every hour, when the hang up happens at the wrong time, my workspace
> > would
> > > be broken and I would have to rebuild the workspace.  It went so bad
> that
> > > eventually I had to switch back to FB 4.6.  Furthermore, I submitted a
> > > serial # request to update 4.7, the ticket was closed and Adobe made
> not
> > > contact with me.  I started to worry if I could rely on Adobe for any
> > > future
> > > Flex development
> > >
> > > My projects generally are broken down to a few library projects and one
> > > Flex
> > > project.  While FlashDevelop is my favorite choice of AS3 IDE, the
> > lacking
> > > of multiple-project support makes it inconvenient for me to use FD for
> > > serious development
> > >
> > > I have not tried FDT or IntelliJ IDEA, and I would love to hear anyone
> > with
> > > experience of both providing some insights on their pro's and con's.
> > >
> > > Tangent
> > >
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Jaydeep Tank [mailto:jaydeep.tank@gmail.com]
> > > Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 3:25 AM
> > > To: flex-dev@incubator.apache.org
> > > Subject: Re: alternatives to flash builder
> > >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > You ca use open source FlashDevelop IDE with Apache Flex SDK.
> > > http://www.flashdevelop.org/
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Jaydeep Tank
> > >
> > > On 2 January 2013 13:48, Thomas Wawra <twawra@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > hi,
> > > >
> > > > are there alternatives to flash builder?
> > > >
> > > > thanks
> > > > best regards
> > > > thomas
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Nick Tsitlakidis,
>
> CEO and Software Architect at Perfect Edge LTD.
> www.perfectedz.com
>



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