This year, my brother, Jef Monballieu, graduates as Civil Engineer. For his thesis, he needed a program that calculated the different criteria for building roads. Charts were ideal to show why certain materials were better and how they compared to each other. Starting from an Excel file, we first created the model, then implemented all the calculations and finished with creating tables and charts. Thanks to the help of my brother, we were able to create this application on short notice.
Normally I work with FlexBuilder, but for this project I wanted to experiment with IntelliJ. I already had experimented with BlazeDs in IntelliJ, but I had never really created a project. IntelliJ is great, but it’s really hard to compare it with FlexBuilder because the project I’m doing in FlexBuilder is way bigger. I would need to check FlashBuilder to be able to compare the features and import the big project in IntelliJ to see how compiling compares to each other.
The new Spark architecture was strange in the beginning, especially because now you have all these namespaces mixing together. Mx, s, fx, … I really should check some online resources and videos because now I just experimented while doing the project. Not a lot of time to go and search for things, best practices, …
No backend was used, but setting BlazeDs (or GraniteDs) up in IntelliJ is really a piece of cake. Coming from .NET world, it does feel strange and it’s a totally new world.
The project can be found here, but I think not a lot of people will understand it. There are three states: in the first general parameters need to be entered, in the second some specific parameters need to be entered and in the third all tables and charts are shown.
I still have one big problem and that’s loading the application. Apparently a couple of swf files are downloaded before the application is shown. I guess that these swf files should be included when compiling, but I haven’t managed to do this. If one of you knows how to resolve this, please let me know. Now the application is loading toooo slow. Maybe it’s a configuration in IntelliJ? I have searched online but haven’t found anything, so I guess it’s not a bug in Flex SDK 4.