This appendix contains the requirements and instructions for you to complete the exercises in this book. It covers the following:
Intel® Pentium® 4 processor or equivalent
512 MB RAM (1GB of RAM recommended)
700 MB of available hard disk space
Flex Builder for Macintosh is not available at the time this book went to the printers, but is expected shortly.
Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Pro or Windows Server 2003
Java Virtual Machine: Sun JRE 1.4.2, Sun JRE 1.5, IBM® JRE 1.4.2
For the Flex Builder plug-in, Eclipse 3.1.1 or 3.1.2 is required (Eclipse 3.2 is not currently supported.)
A recent version of one of the following browsers:
Due to security constraints, History Management does not work in Internet Explorer when previewing a local file, meaning that it does not work when previewing local files on your hard drive. However, it will work if the file is on a web server or accessed through an HTTP URL as opposed to the file:// URL that is used during normal development. If you are using Internet Explorer you will need to preview these files from a web server. History Management does work in Firefox and Netscape browsers when previewing a local file.
The latest version of Adobe Flash Player, or at least version 9 (During the installation of Flex Builder 2 your Flash Player will be upgraded to version 9.)
To check your Flash Player version, go to www.adobe.com, right-click the main ad banner, and select About Macromedia Flash Player; or go to www.adobe.com/software/flash/about.
There are three phases of the installation:
Installing Flex products
Installing lesson files
Installing the ColdFusion Extensions for Adobe Flex Builder 2
Be sure to complete the installation of all required files before working through the lessons within the book.