Currently,when I build Flex applications, I compile the code and then run a browser that just points at the SWF file to test it.Compiling can be a huge time sink especially even I’m making small changes.So I tried to find some extendsion or plugin to improve my working efficiency. So lucky,I digged Flex Module for Apache and IIS,which will give developers the ability to code a Flex application and then run that code on the server just like most web technologies including ASP.NET or PHP.
“This module installs directly into the Apache web server or IIS, you do not need Tomcat or another J2EE server for this functionality. It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux; and the only other thing you need is a JRE.”,Flex team annonuced.I tried it and It was too simple to install. Everything is automatic.Of course,you also can configure the web-tier compiler with the following configuration files:compiler.conf and flex-config.xml(here).The disadvantage is CPU demanding.And you can see some advantages and other disadvantages at here.
Flex Module for Apache and IIS makes Flex easier to try,it’s best for people who don’t want to or can’t use Flex Builder,such as Linux developers,or like me–who wanna improve working efficiency. Try and enjoy it.