Having worked with Flex long enough there are definitely times I get really annoyed when Flex does something I feel is counter intuitive or when I have to go around a pretty complicated process to do something that I feel would be trivial in Flash. But given a limited time frame for a project, I usually default to a Flex project as opposed to a pure AS3 project just since there are so many conveniences in the framework.
I am curious how the rest of the Flex community feels now that Flex has been out there for a while and the “new-and-shiny” effect has worn off. So I would like to ask, the following question: What is your favorite feature of the Flex framework. Below is a poll widget but it may be restrictive to your answer, so feel free to comment or elaborate on what you love/hate about the framework.
Whats your favorite Flex feature ?
2 thoughts on “Quick Poll: Whats your favorite Flex feature ?”
What a tough question to answer. How could we live without any of those. Take just one of them away and we just have ‘Fex’.
In thinking back on the dark ages of Flash and Actionscript 2 I believe that DataBinding has saved me countless lines of code. It’s like saying, “You be like so-and-so and if so-and-so changes then you do to. What a repetitive pain in the arse that was without DataBinding. And the source of lots of bugs in my code.
I know what you mean about all the features, I know I am really addicted to most of the features above. However off late there have been some times when I have almost been willing to trade some of the features for some richer UI capabilities (non chuggy animation, lists that actually scroll, etc) and a lighter swf. A lot of the projects my team works on are smaller widgets and Flex is just not an alternative. But I am working on some code that may be close enough to Flex to actually be a viable option. We are planning to open source the code so the question is what would make it attractive to Flex devs.