Chapter 1. Some Flex with your Java?

This chapter covers

  • A brief history of Java and Flex
  • A whirlwind tour of Flex
  • MXML and ActionScript

In 1995, Sun introduced the first Java platform and gave birth to the applet which allowed Java applications to run inside the browser with rich functionality and all the benefits of the Java framework, including connecting to the server side. The applet became hugely popular for a couple of years before its popularity waned mainly because of problems surrounding the browser plugin.

Macromedia embraced the idea of having a dedicated runtime environment for the browser, like the Java applet, and in 1997 released the Flash Player. Adobe has since taken over the rights to the Macromedia suite of products and ...

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