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Friday, March 09, 2007

Flex Builder Tips

A few notes I took during David Zuckerman's Flex Builder Secrets panel at 360 Flex.

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
  • ctrl-shift-P - Find matching brace
  • ctrl-shift-T - pop-up list of every type in project
  • ctrl-click on a class to open and jump into the file for it.
  • ctrl-o - brings up outline view
  • ctrl-shift-o organize imports

OTHER NEAT FEATURES
  • Use the history arrows in the toolbar to navigate between files you've been editing.
  • Eclipse has a mini version control system built in. Right-click on file and do "compare with..." to compare with local history. You can adjust Local history prefs in General/Workspace/Local History
  • Learn to use metadata tags to make development easier. (Search for "metadata" in help to see a list.
  • Location of component description file: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Flex Builder 2\plugins\com.adobe.flexbuilder.editors.mxml_2.0.143459\config\commonDescriber.xml

HELP
  • dynamic help (ctrl-F1) responds to clicking on different parts of the code
  • shift F2 brings up full help for the identifier at the location of your cursor
  • hover over an MXML tag to get its class

DEBUGGING
It may be preferable to use IE or Safari for debugging Flex. FF does not allow multiple concurrent debugging sessions.

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