How is Flex Doing? Quick Start Guides and Tutorials

Posted on by Alexander Doroshko

Flex is doing good!

Apache Flex SDK 4.10 was released in August, and there have already been more than 7500 installations of 4.10 within two months since its release. Of course this SDK is supported by IntelliJ IDEA.

Nevertheless, according to the feedback we get, many Flex developers still stick to the older Adobe Flex SDK versions, and here’s what we’d like tell them: come on, update to the latest SDK already! The Apache Flex team acts on your feedback pretty fast, and the best thing you can do is to get involved!

The anonymous statistics we collect in IntelliJ IDEA shows that Flex and ActionScript developers have become more active. Here’s a chart showing how many times Flash Run Configuration was started each month in 2012-2013:

As we get a lot of questions from people new to IntelliJ IDEA, we have published several quick start guides and tutorials covering some basic topics:

We plan to add more tutorials, including advanced ones. Let us know what workflow aspects of Flex or ActionScript projects you’d like to learn more about.

Develop with pleasure!

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18 Responses to How is Flex Doing? Quick Start Guides and Tutorials

  1. Daniil Moskovtsov says:

    October 2, 2013

    Great news;)

  2. Igor Kolomiets says:

    October 2, 2013

    Can you share similar usage stats on other technologies? Specificaly the usage of Scala will be very insteresting. Another would be J2EE vs. Spring.

      • Igor Kolomiets says:

        October 3, 2013

        Thanks! Surprised to see first traces of Clojure 🙂 Hopefuly this functional languages trend will continue.

      • Douglas McCarroll says:

        October 4, 2013

        How about a graph showing Flash Run Configuration over a longer period of time, i.e. going back to at least the beginning of 2010? Further back would be even more interesting. 🙂

        • Alexander Doroshko says:

          October 4, 2013

          We started to collect Flash statistics only since IntelliJ IDEA 12.1 in April 2012.

      • Douglas McCarroll says:

        October 4, 2013

        Also, I notice that there are no figures on the X axis. I understand that you may want to keep the precise figures confidential, but it would be helpful to at least know if the bottom of the graph is zero. In other words, was August 2013 usage really 3+ times as much as April 2012 usage? Or is this actually a view of the top end of the data?

        • Alexander Doroshko says:

          October 4, 2013

          You mean Y axis. Yes, bottom is zero. We decided not to publish values.

          • Douglas McCarroll says:

            October 4, 2013

            Yes, I did mean Y axis. Thanks for clarifying that bottom=0.

  3. Keith says:

    October 3, 2013

    I wonder what the reluctance to switch from the older Flex SDK is all about?

    • Anatole Tartakovsky says:

      October 3, 2013

      There are 2 reasons for older SDK:
      1. Larger teams with developers working both in Idea and Eclipse, coming to/from other projects
      2. Nissing SWZ libraries.

    • guest says:

      October 4, 2013

      We are sticking with the old versions of the SDK, because we need to still support old versions of the Flash Player.

      • Justin Mclean says:

        October 8, 2013

        Apache Flex 4.10 actually supports a wider range of Flash Player versions than Adobe Flex does. That should not be a reason for sticking to old versions of the SDK.

      • Om says:

        October 8, 2013

        Apache Flex 4.10 supports flash player versions all the way back to 10.2. You can just use the Apache Flex Installer (flex.apache.org/installer.html), and you will see that you can use any FP/AIR versions from FP10.2/AIR2.6 to to FP11.9/AIR3.9

        This means that you get all the new stuff from the latest Flex SDK without having to force your customers to upgrade their runtimes. This is one of the (many) advantages of switching to Apache Flex.

    • Jeffry Houser says:

      October 4, 2013

      With corporate clients I have worked with there are usually no compelling reason to switch the SDK.

      If the project works and is not running into issues or limitations; so why bother? It would require full regression testing which could take months [due to the complexity of the application and efficiency of the QA team].

      When starting new projects; we usually use the most current SDK; but almost never upgrade the old projects.

      [The one exception to thus is mobile applications built using Adobe AIR; in which case we overlay the most recent version of Adobe AIR as they come out b/c they often come w/ performance improvements]

  4. Andrea Leganza says:

    October 23, 2013

    The only missing feature in all the current editors including Idea is a wysiwyg editor like found in the flash builder <=4.6 version.

    Adding a wysiwyg editor will lead quite all the flex developers to idea 'cause there is now a void due to the lack of an editor with this feature.

    implement this and you will be the best reference for flex community.

    • Alexander Doroshko says:

      October 23, 2013

      Good wysiwig tool requires huge investments. Adobe announced that the amount of developers who use MXML designer in Flash Builder is not enough to continue *support* for the feature. And creating a new wysiwyg tool is 100 times harder than supporting existing one.

  5. Lyndon Fasanya says:

    October 10, 2014

    Hi Alexander,

    Could you publish (or send to me by email) the same results for the year to October 2014.

    This would be very illuminating on the usage of Flex over the past year.

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