Could someone clarify this for me. I see Flex Builder 2
($295; though I can qualify for academic version) It is not
entirely clear to me as to whether Flex Builder 2 includes Flex
Data Services 2, or LiveCycle Data Services ES. I have contacted
Adobe but didn't find a person yet that could clarify this for me.
I'm sure one or more of you folks can shed some light on this.
Thanks so much.
Flex Builder does not include LiveCycle Data Services, ES or
otherwise. Flex itself does not however, require you to have LCDS.
For example, using the Flex HTTPService class you can request and
send XML and text data (among others) to standard services provided
by most web servers that serve up plain or XML files, or it can be
used with PHP, ASP, JSP, etc.
The Flex WebService class lets you work with SOAP-based
services (eg, .NET, Java, etc).
The Flex RemoteObject allows you to work with binary,
ActionScript encoded, data objects. This is most generally used
with LC DS, but there are third-party products you can use on the
server-side. ColdFusion is one of them.