A huge round of applause to everyone who worked so hard to get this release out the door! On the CF team, specifically, a big thank-you to Tim Buntel, Kristen Schofield, Mike Nimer, Tom Jordahl, Dean Harmon, Bob Powell, Bill Sahlas, Farah Gron, Dave Gruber and Ben Forta for making the CF Connectivity Beta 1 come together.
With this update, developers have access to ColdFusion components from applications built with Flex. A new version of Flash Remoting allows CFC functions to be called from a Flex application to provide simple access to all of the back-end services available from ColdFusion—database access, web services, POP/SMTP, file systems and more. It also adds a new ColdFusion Event Gateway type that you can use within a Flex application to specify a ColdFusion event gateway as a destination for messages; similarly, your ColdFusion application can use an Event Gateway to send events to a Flex application. ColdFusion simply provides the easiest way to create a publish/subscribe messaging system with Flex.
But there's more to come! The CF team still has more Flex 2-related goodness in the works to make sure CF customers make a successful transition to RIA development with Flex 2 and have all the tools, power and technology required to be successful building Flex 2 + CF RIA's super easily and super quickly. (That's what the CF team does best after all, so stay tuned for more info!)
I believe there's truly no quicker or easier way to create Rich Internet Applications than the combination of Flex Builder 2.0 and ColdFusion, and I'm pleased to be be a part of helping make sure CF customers are once again on the leading edge of web development technology. CF customers using Flex 2 technology will undoubtedly play a key role in defining and making the next generation of the Web happen.
ColdFusion Flex Connectivity Beta 1 can be downloaded here:
Flex 2.0 Beta 1, including the newly-released Flex Enterprise Services Beta is available for download here:
Note also the fact that a free version of Flex Enterprise Services, with limited concurrent connections and for use on a single server has been announced. (Flex Enterprise Services will also be available to purchase by CPU, departmental and limited scope (application specific) pricing options.)
Enjoy and stay tuned for more exciting CF/Flex 2 news!