I am presently designing a web architecture for a client, and
ideally I would like to employ a Flex2 UI on a Tomcat/Java web
server/server component framework (possibly Spring). I am trying to
get a good handle on the necessity of Flex Data Services (FDS) in
What am I really losing should I choose *not* to employ FDS,
and is rolling the entire server side with standard Java technology
fairly doable? Does anyone have any first-hand experience doing
this which they could share?
Given an expert-level server-side Java experience level, I
need to determine whether employing FDS is a necessity or not.
My situation is somewhat related - we will be using FDS - but
my question is wether FDS is required for all interactions with the
server or I can use a mix of FDS and HttpService calls to Struts
actions depending on the task? For example, populating drop-downs.
It seems that the HttpService approach requires less overhead on
the part of the developer.
If there are a set docs on best-practices, a url would be
appreciated. Sifting through 'The Google's' answers is very time
I don't know what your timeline is, but if you can wait
several weeks, I may have an answer for you. I'll be rolling my own
middle-tier for Flex, and so I'd be able to give you a concrete
answer, and possibly some help if needed.