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I should clarify:
we're looking for a fast, powerful, "cool" UI in front of a Java middle tier. Possibly communicating through AJAX or something along those lines. Would that model require the Data Services component, and the additional licensing with that, or what?
Flex allows for the coolest of browser-independent UIs.
The Flex framework and SDK is free, without license restrictions of any kind.
Flex Builder, an IDE built on Eclipse, costs about $600.
For AJAX-like back-end communication, you can use the RPC protocols, WebService(SOAP), HTTPService(XML over HTTP), and RemoteObject(binary AMF), which are included in the free sdk.
Flex Data Services provides robust back-end data access, including Push/pull technology, and large dataset paging, and other stuff. 1 cpu license is free, but real production level stuff costs many thousands, I don't recall the details, but that info is publicly available.
"... engine makes Flex happen on the desktop..." that is the Flash Player 9.x, free.
Wow, so an app that just used SOAP or similar to hit a custom backend, could be made and distributed for free, maybe using Flex builder as the only cost? That's pretty great....
Not sure if this is up your alley and forgive me if this is considered advertising, but I'm currently developing a framework on top of Flex specifically for Java that provides back-end support for apps:
"..app that just used SOAP .." "..could be made and distributed for free.."