I drove out to Emeryville to see Mike Sundermeyer (VP of Product Design at Macromedia) give a talk about Flex at eBig (the East Bay IT Group). The talk was good: while I didn’t learn much new about how to use Flex, but I definitely have more of a sense of where the product is going than I had before.
This post shows how to whip up a form-based application in flash. It’s written for programmers, not for designers: the goal is to get the flash form layout work done as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last year, you know that Macromedia has been trying to reposition flash as a tool for developing “Rich Internet Applications”. A rich internet application is basically an application that runs in a browser, but has enough intelligence running on the client side so that it doesn’t have to continually go back to the server to get the next screen, the way an html-based web application does.