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Flex is on rails – WebORB

Posted by Charles | August 28, 2006 .

I’ve been waiting and searching something Flex on Rails for awhile. Now I’m very excited to report that I found one as a great starter, WebORB for Ruby from MidnightCoders.

weborbrails Flex is on rails   WebORB

“WebORB for Rails is server-side technology enabling connectivity between Flex and Flash Remoting clients and Ruby on Rails applications. WebORB for Rails can be installed as a plugin into any Rails application to expose Ruby classes as remote services. The product provides a complete implementation of the Adobe’s AMF0 and AMF3 messaging protocols and thus supports any Flash Remoting or Flex client.

Flex Builder projects can be configured to use Flex Data Services and point to a WebORB for Rails installation, however, the current release supports only the RPC featureset of the Flex Data Services technology. “

Ruby on Rails is something every web developer should learn. I love it but wish we don’t have to confine ourselves to Ruby and HTML based UI (or AJAX UI). As I mentioned in the State of Flex IRA post, a integrated server side framework with Flex will be a superior solution for rapid RIA web development and will provide Flex stronger driving force.

I’m actually about to start a Open Design project called Flex for Rails (FfR), which will integrate MXML into the Rails, along with MXML compiler and Rake integration. FfR will be trying to utilize existing framework to avoid reinvent the wheel(s). I’ll try to introduce more Rails into our Flex community.

BTW, there is s dormant project Flex on Rails. Too bad those folks didn’t move forward.

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