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Professional Adobe® Flex® 3 by Joe Berkovitz, David Hassoun, Andrew Trice, Tom Sugden, Todd Prekaski, Jun Heider, Peter Ent, Joseph Balderson

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Chapter 8. Developing with Flex Builder 3

Chapter 6 looked at creating Flex and ActionScript projects, including some basics of using Flex Builder, the Flex 3 integrated development environment (IDE). In this chapter, you'll delve further into the topic and learn how to use all the unique development features that make Flex Builder such a powerful development tool, including managing projects, building applications, and using Flex Builder's code-assist features.

Flex Builder is based on Eclipse, so if you're already familiar with the Eclipse's toolset, this chapter may be merely a refresher for you, although there are some features unique to Flex Builder that may not be present in other Eclipse-based IDEs. For more advanced details on using Flex Builder, see Chapter 9, "Customizing Flex Builder 3."

Managing Projects

Creating a project in Flex Builder, writing code, and compiling the application, as you did in Chapters 6 and 7, are just a small part of the development story. To manage your assets and your code effectively, it helps to be aware of the options present for any given project.

Project Properties

When you create a Flex, AIR, or ActionScript project, several options are available for configuring project settings in Flex Builder.

You can access a project's preferences by selecting an open project folder and selecting File

Project Properties

Project Settings Files

Project settings are stored primarily ...

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