We’ve created a first community site www.myflex.org to serve as a repository for commercial Flex components and Eclipse plugins developed by independent vendors. The web site is in still in Alpha, but will go to Beta next week. We are starting with four components developed by us (Farata Systems), and we invite independent vendors of components for Adobe Flex or Flex Builder plugins to offer their products for sale (or for free) at MyFlex.org.
Currently our web page (http://www.faratasystems.com) is visited by more than 11 thousand unique visitors a month, this number is growing steadily, and we’ll promote myflex.org on our site. Hopefully Adobe will give us a hand in promoting Flex component development by independent vendors. Some of these visitors may become customers of your components as well.
Our message is clear – let’s turn Flex into a Rapid Application Development tool.
The following four Eclipse plugins will be available for sale in April (pricing will be announced shortly):
Flex2Ant – this Eclipse plugin instantly translates the settings of your existing Flex Projects into ANT build scripts, so that you can build your modules, libraries and applications outside of Eclipse and create larger builds integrated with J2EE projects. What takes weeks on the middle-size project, now can be done in seconds. Additional size-optimizing builds prepared by Flex2Ant may also substantially cut down the download time of your large applications.
Flex2Doc –this plugin allows you to build the documentation for your project with a “point and click” . Then you can also upload your documentation to the corporate or the community server, so that it becomes shared by other developers.
Flex2Log – this component provides a number of configurable implementations of log targets and an interactive control panel. You can target you log information to IDE(Eclipse),local or remote server and other destinations.
DaoFlex – this is a commercial version (Eclipse plugin) of our popular open-source code generator. It takes away complexity of writing Java code for communication with databases via Flex Data Services. You do not have to know Java to create end-to-end Flex-Java-Database CRUD application in minutes.
After speaking, blogging, and writing about Flex being a good tool for Web sites development, we decided to put the money were our mouth was and have developed www.myflex.org in Flex, so Flash Player 9 is required. Please spend some time with this site and send us your feedback regarding its usability. Note the buttons Hide Header and Desktop Mode on the Products screen. The latter allows our Web site to “break free” from the Web browser’s web. This mode should remind the users that RIA are technically desktop applications that just happened to be delivered over the Web. That’s all. We’d really appreciate your suggestions regarding the Web site design, usability and improvements.
Please have mercy on us as this is just the Alpha version of the site – let us know if something is broken.
Let’s start making some money on developing and selling Flex components. It’s good for us, it’s good for Flex.