Top reasons to upgrade to Adobe® Flash® Builder™
Data-centric development—Introspect Java,™ PHP, Adobe ColdFusion® software, REST, and SOAP services to display methods and properties in the new Data/Service Explorer. Bind methods to user interface components using a simple drag-and-drop approach.
Tight integration with Adobe Flash Catalyst™—Import Flex projects (FXP files) created using Adobe Flash Catalyst™ software, saving time and improving the quality of the user experience. FXP files contain functional user interfaces, including MXML, the Adobe ActionScript® language, component skins, and graphical assets, enabling developers to focus on core application logic.
Network Monitor [Premium Edition only]—Generate a detailed audit trail of all data passed between the local Flex application and the back end, assisting with debugging and performance tuning.
Command-line build and integration with Flex unit testing [Premium Edition only]—Take advantage of new command-line build capability, and use integration with Flex unit testing to help support agile development processes.
Automatic generation of common code—Automatically generate code for accessor functions (getter and setters), and event handlers to speed up development of commonly used functions.
Code refactoring—Quickly navigate through code or restructure it by renaming all references to a class, method, or variable. Flash Builder 4 adds move refactoring.
Debugger improvements—Set conditional breakpoints, evaluate expressions, and set watchpoints on variables to halt execution on value change. Use the Expressions view to watch variables selected in the Variables view and to add/evaluate watch expressions. Break out of a loop during a debugging session using the run to line command.
Custom templates—Customize default information contained in new MXML, ActionScript, and CSS files, such as author and date, introductory comments, copyright information, opening and closing tags and attributes, ActionScript declarations, namespace prefixes, and more.
Flex Theme Browser—Easily browse and import Flex themes and apply them to your project.
ASDoc support—Display comments in MXML and ActionScript editors using ASDoc.
Adobe Flash CS4 Professional workflow—Import and update custom Flex components using the new workflow between Flash Professional and Flash Builder 4.