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Flex applications run in the Flash player plugin of the respective browser of the end user. So, the client is distributed, but can access and update data in a central database. It works really well with MySQL using PHP as an intermediate bridge. I don't know for sure, but I would bet that all major DBMS are supported. Once I get my copy of the retail version, I'll be able to tell you for sure. Flex applications are coded in a combination of MXML and ActionScript. I suspect that these are descended in some way from all the *Nix languages. I'm a C/C++/PERL/PHP programmer and it was very easy for me to pick up.
Ok, that sounds good. Just wanted to make sure it was possible before I put the project up for bidding at rentacoder. Ideally, I'll have a MSSQL database.
Thanks for the input.
Yes, definitely doable.
Flex is a client-side, presentation technology. It is "back-end" agnostic, mostly. How you connect to the back-end, and what that back end is depends on exactly what you want to d, and how much you want to pay. At the simplest, and free level, a flex app can communicate with any source the can use XML-over-HTTP(ajax), SOAP- based webservices, and RemoteObject, which is used with cold fusion and Java natively, and with other back-ends using third party tools like WebOrb.
Flex also supports sockets, and for full-blown enterprise-level data access, it can use Adobe LCDS.