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Newbie - Is Flash Builder the right tool?

New Here ,
May 07, 2010 May 07, 2010

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Wow --- This is getting confusing.  Flex, Flash Builder, Adobe Air ... I'm not sure which tool I need.

I think Flash Builder is what I need.  I've ordered CS5 Web Premium and should receive it next week.

I'm looking for a comprehensive tool to interface between web forms and MySQL database.

I used this until both were discontinued ...
InterAKT which became Adobe® Dreamweaver® Developer Toolbox

Specifically, I need to:

  • capture info via a web form
  • send HTML emails, autoresponders
  • write info to the database
  • manipulate the database through a web browser
  • display database content in tables in browser
  • do this securely

I gotta believe this is a common challenge - but I just can't find the right tool.

Thanks in advance.  A.

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Engaged ,
May 07, 2010 May 07, 2010

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Almost everything you wrote there is a server side issue.  Flash Builder is for building client-side interfaces.

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New Here ,
May 12, 2010 May 12, 2010

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Ok.  So I guess I've been confused.

Is there an Adobe tool that helps with Server-side stuff?

I know Dreamweaver uses some conn.php things to connect to databases.

Surely, Adobe has some slick program to interact with PHP and MySQL.

Surely, not everyone is re-writing it all by scratch.

I loved Adobe Webdeveloper Toolbox.  It worked great.  Didn't they replace it with something?

Sure hope you can help.

Best regards, A.

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Engaged ,
May 12, 2010 May 12, 2010

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You would use SOAP, HTTPservice or RemoteObjects to communicate

with PHP.  Once you successfully communicate with PHP, you can do pretty much anything.

If you're a designer and want to dabble in code, you could use Flash

If you are mainly a coder you would use flex


Adobe Air is for desktop apps, not web apps.

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Community Beginner ,
May 12, 2010 May 12, 2010

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I'm sort of in the same boat.  I'm getting ready to design a rather hefty facility management system, and I'm drawn to Flash Builder to create it.  My problem is that I need to be able to "sell" this solution to the client. 

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Participant ,
May 19, 2010 May 19, 2010

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Hi,     To be honest based on you're requirements I would recommend doing it with Dreamweaver and use the php connections along with the form components. Dreamweaver would actually do a lot of the work for you with simple point and click DB interaction to the server since you are describing simple CRUD ( create, read, update, delete ).     Sure you could do a compiled swf and perform the same, but it seems overkill for the needed functionality if that is all the application will do.  Regards, Peter Witham www.uibuzz.com

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