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Upgrading my books-overview flex, BlazeDS, Spring security application

In March 2008 I started experimenting with flex and java integration. I wrote a lot of blog posts since than and even published an article on adobe.com. For most of my blog items I used a sample that is available on google code called books-overview. During the years the sample improved a lot. By now the sample consists of Mate, BlazeDS, Spring BlazeDS and a lot of other spring technologies like spring security.

I was some time a go I had a look at the sample, since than a lot of people keep coming back to it. I still get questions about it. Therefore I decided to upgrade the sample. This blog post is about the upgrade I did which are mainly upgrades in versions of the libraries and the build configuration. Still I think it is worthwhile to have a look at it.

Before I start with this blog post I need to warn you that I am not going to explain a lot of the internals. Please browse my other flex 3 blog items to find out more.

Library upgrade

The client (flex) side

For the flex building I use Mate. I think mate is a nice framework, but it is not very active. Not many improvements are created. Still it does the job. I am also creating a flex sample for the Axon Framework using Parsley. Stay tuned for a blog post that is around the corner about this sample. I upgrade the mate to release 0.8.9

Another framework I use on the flex side is the spring-actionscript project. This project changed a lot since the last time I used it. I am now using version 0.8.1. This project is now split up into a few other modules. I did have a problem with the StringUtils class. This is in as3commons:as3commons-lang. By transitive dependecy you get 0.1 of this library. I had to upgrade to version 0.2 to make it work.

The serverside

I did not upgrade a lot on the serverside. I could have upgrade to spring 3, I’ll wait till it becomes the default for the spring blazeds integration project. They still use version 2.5.6, so I’ll stick with that. I did upgrade the Spring Blazeds Integration project to the latest release: 1.0.2.RELEASE.

Building and developing

The biggest change was in the maven configuration. Flex-mojos made a lot of improvements and is now tightly integrated with Intellij. To me that is incredibly important. My development speed with flex has enormously increased.

I use flex-mojos version 3.5.0. The configuration is now very easy. For the war project you just need to add the following plugin plus configuration:

<plugin>
    <groupId>org.sonatype.flexmojos</groupId>
    <artifactId>flexmojos-maven-plugin</artifactId>
    <version>${flex-mojos.version}</version>
    <executions>
        <execution>
            <goals>
                <goal>copy-flex-resources</goal>
            </goals>
        </execution>
    </executions>
</plugin>

Now let us have a look at the configuration of the swf file. Again it is pretty straightforward. You have to add the flex-framework as a dependency.

<dependency>
    <groupId>com.adobe.flex.framework</groupId>
    <artifactId>flex-framework</artifactId>
    <version>${flex.sdk.version}</version>
    <type>pom</type>
</dependency>

Finally we have to configure the flex-mojos compiler plugin.

<plugin>
    <groupId>org.sonatype.flexmojos</groupId>
    <artifactId>flexmojos-maven-plugin</artifactId>
    <version>${flex-mojos.version}</version>
    <extensions>true</extensions>
    <configuration>
        <debug>true</debug>
        <configurationReport>true</configurationReport>
    </configuration>
    <dependencies>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>com.adobe.flex</groupId>
            <artifactId>compiler</artifactId>
            <version>${flex.sdk.version}</version>
            <type>pom</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>com.adobe.flex.compiler</groupId>
            <artifactId>asdoc</artifactId>
            <version>${flex.sdk.version}</version>
            <classifier>template</classifier>
            <type>zip</type>
        </dependency>
    </dependencies>
</plugin>

The configurationReport parameter is used by intellij. This creates an xml file that intellij uses to set you compiler properties in intellij. Very nice.

Repositories

I also want to mention the additional repositories I configured. I added a repository for libraries coming from flex-mojos and another library for the spring-actionscript libraries.

<repository>
    <id>flexmojos-repository</id>
    <url>http://repository.sonatype.org/content/groups/flexgroup/</url>
</repository>
<repository>
    <id>yoolab.org-releases</id>
    <url>http://projects.yoolab.org/maven/content/repositories/releases</url>
    <releases>
        <enabled>true</enabled>
    </releases>
</repository>

The only library I still cannot find online is Mate. Therefore I added it to my google code repository. Please do the same thing if you need it for your own project. Do not use my repository because I will reach my maximum bandwidth and then I have to take it away again.

If you want to check out the state of the project while I was writing this blog, use the following tag:

http://code.google.com/p/gridshore/source/browse/#svn/tags/books-overview-1.0.0

Hope this is helpfull when exploring my sample, feel free to post remarks, improvements and questions.

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