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What Is Flex,Why Use Flex & How to Find a Good Flex Developer?

This article explains - in laymen's terms - what Flex is, what it's used for, where you can see samples and how you go about getting a Rich Internet Application built in Flex to put on your website.

What is Flex?
If you visit lots of websites, itís very likely youíve seen a Flex application without realizing it. They play in the regular Adobe Flash Player so you would think youíre looking at a very impressive, interactive Flash application.
Adobe Flex is in fact just a framework for creating highly engaging and interactive website applications that play in the Flash Player and that work consistently on ALL major browsers, desktops and operating systems.
Recap – Flex applications:
  • Are Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) that are highly engaging & interactive
  • Play automatically in Adobe Flash Player installed on almost all computers
  • Work consistently on ALL major browsers, operating systems and desktops
What is Flex used for?
Flex is used to build highly interactive, expressive website applications using and visualizing data.
Examples include:
  • Data visualization applications that pull data from multiple back-end sources and display it in a visually attractive and impressive format.
  • Product configuration applications that help customers select or customize products and features online through a series of visual steps.
  • Self-service applications that guide customers or employees through multiple-step processes such as changing contact details online.
  • Data collection applications for rich online forms including data validation mechanisms, providing a dynamic user experience.
See some Flex samples here.
Benefits of using Flex on your website
Here are some reasons for deciding to put a Flex application on your website:
  • To have a very robust application that attractively visualizes complex data sets
  • To engage your users or visitors and let them feel empowered
  • Flex is the technology of the future – it shows your organisation is modern
  • It works on all major platforms and users don’t need to install anything
  • Audio and video can be integrated, allowing even greater interaction
  • Data synchronization allows real-time data push from back-end to application
Developing a Flex application
Free open source Flex software is available but many serious developers like to use Adobe Flex Builder software for quick, professional development and maintenance of applications.
If you don’t have a Flex development expert in your team, outsourcing to an offshore specialist Flex developer may be the solution.
How to find a good Flex developer
A good offshore Adobe Flex expert can build your professional Flex application for a fraction of the time and cost you would spend doing it yourself. Just Google “Flex outsourcing service”, “expert Flex developers” or something similar to find a listing of Flex developers.
When selecting your offshore Flex developer, make sure they are specialized in Adobe Flex, check out samples of Flex applications they have built and read and understand their terms and conditions.
Some Flex developers, such as Busycode Inc, ONLY focus on Flex development so you know they are experts in Flex. They don’t even ask you to pay anything until they have started the development and you’re happy with where it’s going, so it’s a no-risk solution if you need a Flex application.
Busycode Inc specializes in developing top-quality Flex applications for the global marketplace. Our Flex developers are all Adobe Flex experts. Based offshore, Busycode offers low development costs, fast turn-around times and require no deposit to get started on your Flex project. Visit Busycode at for more information.
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