5.0 Flex Quick Start

This section provides examples using Adobe Flex framework for rich internet applications to communicate with Operations Center using Web 2.0 Connect and build solutions that can be compiled into Flash (SWF) applications.

Flex applications can be built using the free Flex SDK from Adobe and deployed as desktop applications using Adobe AIR framework or as Flash SWF files hosted within Web pages. The ubiquity of the Flash player plug‑in for Web browsers means wide cross platform support.

Flex is a programmer centric way of developing rich internet applications (RIA). It is not the intention of this guide to teach the Flex software development kit (SDK) or the Flex integrated development environment (IDE). It is assumed that the reader has experience of high level programming languages and at the very least an understanding of the basic principles used in modern Web technologies.