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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Automation Tooling in Flash

For a long time flash has been the realm of small to mid sized marketing projects. Something that provides a rich interactive experience on the web, difficult to parallel with any other medium. Since the average Flash developer is more designer than developer, true application-grade tooling has been seriously lacking. Items like build tools, unit testing automation suites, source code/package management are all notably lacking. That is until now. If you're developing with either Flash or Flex I encourage you to check out Project Sprouts. Here's the tagline:
Sprouts is an open-source, cross-platform project generation and configuration tool for ActionScript 2, ActionScript 3, Adobe AIR and Flex projects.

The project is on the verge of a 1.0 release, which has the potential to revolutionize the way your develop applications in Flash. I'm actually a member of the Core Team working a new website to help newcomers become productive quickly. It should be accessible in the next three weeks at www.projectsprouts.com.



Mark said...

As one of the many designer-developer hybrids in the flash realm, I'm unfamiliar with build tools, unit testing automation, etc.

I'm looking at the sprouts site and thinking, this looks pretty cool, but I'm missing the underlying needs sprouts is addressing.

Can you give those of us who are less familiar with traditional application development a short statement describing why project sprouts is valuable to the development process and exactly what it enables the developer to do that would be more painful without sprouts?

Thank you!

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