Maybe you’ve already heard of it (or maybe not), but a new version of Flash Builder will be coming soon. It is called “Burrito” and has some cool an nifty features that should have been implemented from the start.
Nevertheless, they are finally coming and here’s a sneak at what that could look like (because the features are not 100% finalized yet). I’m not supposed to blog about these things, but since these are the official sneaks from Adobe, I thought I might share them with you…
This first video covers the usage of code templates. Create an HTTPService declaration in a matter of seconds with a default setting. All you have to do is customize it to suit your needs within the application. It even works in ActionScript! But I can’t help but wonder that this is quite similar to using snippets.
The second video covers the metadata code completion, something that was lacking in Flash Builder and previous Flex Builder versions as well. You had code completion on existing variables and methods. You could use the code completion feature to find a certain component to put in your MXML files, but precompiler directives such as metadata had no code completion. Well, this is apparently about to change.
The last video covers code generation from usage. This means that you can start coding stuff and when you use a function that doesn’t already exist, you can have Flash Builder generate that stub for you. The same thing can be done with generating variable declarations and even custom class generation. So, for example, when you have an instance of the Employee type, but the Employee type doesn’t exist yet, you can generate that class definition from within your code.
Although these features do not really bring anything new to Flex itself, they do help you create applications much faster. And I’ve always been a fan of getting more done in less time. Just keep an eye out for more to come on Flash Builder “Burrito”. I’m sure there will be loads more cool stuff in there when it’s released.