Flex Builder alternative — IntellJ IDEA 7.0.3

The next version of IntelliJ IDEA– 7.0.3 — will have built-in support for Flex development.

Among other things, it will support:

  • Smart code completion for MXML and AS files, with cross-resolution of code symbols between them, even inside of mx:Script blocks and attribute values
  • Automatic code formatting, highlighting and styling
  • On-the-fly code validation with instant quick-fixes
  • Search for perfomance bottlenecks, bad code practices
  • Refactoring

Here is a tutorial using IntelliJ IDEAfor Flex development. You’ll need to sign up for the early release program of JetBrains to get the beta of IDEA7.0.3.

More information can be found on this blog post by JetBrains.

This is a great news for those who like to use IDEA as their preferred development environment. Also, it is good to have choice!

Price-wise they are at par — the personal edition of IDEA is USD 249, which is the same as Flex Builder.

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