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What is the difference between flash and flex?
July 19, 2010 7:32 AM   Subscribe

What is the difference between adobe flash and adobe flex?

I want to learn how to make some simple flash visualizations (interactive graphs with buttons for example) that I can put on a web-page. I'm a student in a .edu so I've applied for the free flex environment but I don't fully understand what I should be trying to learn first. Reading the adobe descriptions did not solve my problem.

Any suggestions regarding the best tutorials to learn flash would also be appreciated - thanks.
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Try this link.
posted by travis08 at 7:37 AM on July 19, 2010

Flex is a framework for building client/server (or just server) applications using HTML and Flash. Flash is a development environment and language for building Flash content.
posted by mikeh at 7:39 AM on July 19, 2010

Flex doesn't really have anything to do with HTML, as the previous poster mentioned. The Adobe toolset that lets you build HTML or Flash applications for the desktop is called AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime, I think). Let's forget about that for a minute.

The Flex SDK is just another way to build Flash applications. You can build Flash applications with the Flex SDK (and optionally Flash Builder, the Flex IDE), or with the Flash IDE, or with various third-party tools.

The Flash IDE encapsulates common animation concepts. You have a timeline, you create movie clips, etc. This is quite a bit different from what most programmers have experienced.

The Flex approach is more like traditional desktop or client/server programming. If you've ever used Visual Basic, Delphi, Powerbuilder, etc, you'll be able to understand the basic concepts pretty quickly. It lets you "paint" forms/screens with controls, then wire those controls together using code.

The Flex SDK is free to anyone, but their corresponding IDE, Flash Builder, is not generally free although I think students can get it for free.
posted by me & my monkey at 7:51 AM on July 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

I don't think students can get Flash for free, but they can get a discount.
posted by RobotHero at 8:36 AM on July 19, 2010

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