IN THIS CHAPTER
Understanding messaging in Flex
Developing a stock ticker application
In this chapter, you learn how to install, configure, and develop applications by using Flex and BlazeDS. Once the BlazeDS service is properly working, you create a complete stock ticker with real-time capabilities.
You also learn how to work with the messaging components in Flex, which allow applications to be more responsive and stable.
Developing Flex applications can require many different tools and libraries, even when related to Java development specifically. As you have probably seen in previous chapters, Java offers various tools and libraries, each having a proper use. You often stick to the tools that work, but the goal of learning is to gain a well-rounded view of all the various options.
Once you have completed this chapter, you should have a firm understanding of what BlazeDS has to offer and how you can implement it into your existing development toolkit.
BlazeDS has been available from Adobe for only a very short time, but it has already been adopted by many of the leading development agencies. Customers are already using BlazeDS to develop complete enterprise-level applications. The name BlazeDS is short for Blaze Data Services.
Here's what BlazeDS has to offer:
Turnkey development options for rapid development and testing
Robust code libraries for integrated development
Testing suite with unit tests