In this brief walkthrough, we've shared the basics of Adobe Flash Builder, an integrated development environment (IDE) for web and desktop applications.
What is Adobe Flash Builder?
Formerly known as Adobe Flex Builder, Flash Builder is an integrated tool designed to speed up app development. Whether you're building a cross-platform desktop application, or a rich internet application (RIA), Flash Builder offers an intuitive framework for the entire development process.
The software includes a separate code editor for MXML (a user interface markup language) and ActionScript (an object-oriented language). There's also a WYSIWYG (short for "what you see is what you get") editor for MXML apps, so you can quickly preview the final product during the development process.
Popular Flash Builder Features
Flash Builder Standard Edition has all of the basic features required for professional-grade app development. This includes interactive debugging, multi-platform publishing, and support for mobile and web applications.
Meanwhile, Premium Edition adds features like performance profiling, automated testing, network monitoring, and other testing tools. You'll also find support for command-line builds and unit testing. It's the ideal choice for serious development teams that want to build a streamlined and effective product.
Standard Edition is currently priced at $249, and Premium Edition is $699. If you're not sure whether Premium is worth the extra money, you can sign up for a free trial and find out for yourself. Flash Builder is also included in the Adobe Creative Cloud "All Apps" subscription, which costs $49.99 per month for an annual plan.