I was wondering if it's pheasible to create a graphical
desktop flex2 application that interfaces from a windows 2000
network, to a linux platform that talks to Linux SBC driving
hardware instruments on a training simulator.
I want to create a dashboard kind of graphic that technicians
can run to troubleshoot hardware on a system. The current system
uses labtam interface to linux box uses curves and c code to dirve
intruments. Graphically it's awful and it had issues working
repeately. When I image how AJAX or FLex works, it's the same kind
of communicaitons interface I need, but in my case I want to drive
some real hardware and receive a signal back which I can update a
graphical interface with. I also want to repeat the test if
something does not work. Everything I read on flex talks about
internet applications, I want to use this on a closed system,
possibly using a desktop application version of FLex2.
Does anyone know if I am off base on what I want to try or If
I not off base, maybe a sample application of what I am talking
Thanks for your time Roni
Thinking outside the box.
A normal Flex app is delivered running in the flash Player in
a browser. This configuration has extreme security limitations and
can not access any local/client resources.
A Flex app can communicate with server several ways,
including HTTPService(xml over HTTP), WebService(SOAP),
RemoteObject(AMF), and sockets.
So your signal sources and sinks must be able to use one of
these communication methods. Most non-trivial apps have a back-end
that handles integration and business logic.
Now. A Flex 3.0 application can also be run under AIR(Adobe
Integrated Runtime). This is a desktop runtime and gives the app
access to local resources, and includes an embedded database. This
would probably be your best bet.