I recently came across the really cool LiveCylce DS stuff. The part that most interests me is the managed data features that make the client side coding super simple. Unfortunately, it looks like it only works with a java back-end. Is there really no alternative to that? I'd really prefer to have Python or PHP as a back-end...
A subset of the data management features are available on the Flex client side for PHP/CF services as well.
These links might help: