Apache Flex

Apache Flex is a highly productive, open source application framework for building and maintaining expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and devices (including smartphones, tablets and television). It provides a modern, standards-based language and programming model that supports common design patterns suitable for developers from many backgrounds. Flex applications can be deployed to the Adobe Player in the browser, Adobe AIR on desktop and mobile devices or to native Android, iOS, Windows or Mac applications.

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First things first - Preparation

We need all the part for this install and it's much nicer to have them all on hand when you need them so here's what's required.

1

Download Eclipse 3.5 32 bit (I like the Classic flavour) from here.

2

Download Flex Builder for Linux from here.

3

Download the latest Flex SDK from here. (I currently use the free Flex SDK 3.3)

4

Download the latest AIR SDK from here.

5

Download the required patch components from here.

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For 64 bit: Install ia32-sun-java6-bin and all its dependencies.

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For 64 bit: Download my simple eclipse loader script from here.
Stage 2 - Installation

Let's get this thing installed.

1

For 64 bit: In a terminal window run "sudo update-alternatives --config java" and select ia32-java-6-sun as your jre of choice.

2

Unpack your Eclipse download and place it where you want it to be, I like /usr/local/bin/eclipse-galileo, by running "tar zxf eclipse-SDK-3.5RC2-linux-gtk.tar.gz" to unpack it.

3

Chmod Flex Builder for Linux install so it can be executed by running "chmod a+x flexbuilder_linux_install_a4_081408.bin".

4

Install Flex Builder for Linux making sure to point it at the right location for Galileo. "./flexbuilder_linux_install_a4_081408.bin". NB. Do not install over a previous Eclipse installation or Flex Builder installation.

5

Unpack the patch "tar zxf eclipse-galileo-fbl-patch.tar.gz".

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Apache Flex

Apache Flex is a highly productive, open source application framework for building and maintaining expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and devices (including smartphones, tablets and television). It provides a modern, standards-based language and programming model that supports common design patterns suitable for developers from many backgrounds. Flex applications can be deployed to the Adobe Player in the browser, Adobe AIR on desktop and mobile devices or to native Android, iOS, Windows or Mac applications.

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