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ADOBE FLEX BUILDER 3 8 Using Adobe Flex Builder 3 · Test and debug your applications using the integrated debugging tools in Flex Builder. For more information, see "Running and Debugging Applications" on page 136. · Publish your application source code so it can be viewed by users and other developers. For more information, see "Publishing source code" on page 134. · Create library projects that generate shared component library (SWC) and run-time shared library (RSL) files for code reuse and distribution. For more information, see "About library projects" on page 47. · Customize the IDE. For example, you can arrange the interface to include your favorite tools in the specific layout. For more information, see "Navigating and Customizing the Flex Builder Workbench" on page 52. Flex Builder versions Flex Builder is available in two versions: Standard and Professional. Flex Builder Standard This version provides a full-featured IDE which allows you to create Flex and Action- Script applications using the Flex framework and Flash API. Flex Builder Standard also includes MXML, Action- Script, and CSS editors, as well as debugging tools. Under a trial license, Flex Builder Standard can also provide the advanced charting and advanced data tools included in the Professional version described below. Flex Builder Professional In addition to the Standard version features, this version includes a library of inter- active charts and graphs which enable you to create rich data dashboards, interactive data analysis, and data visualization components. It also includes memory and performance profiling and automated testing tools. Flex Builder configurations The Flex Builder installer provides the following two configuration options: Plug-in configuration This configuration is for users who already use the Eclipse workbench, who want to add the Flex Builder plug-ins to their toolkit of Eclipse plug-ins (for example, someone who also uses Eclipse to develop Java applications). Because Eclipse is an open, extensible platform, hundreds of plug-ins are available for many different development purposes. Stand-alone configuration This configuration is a customized packaging of Eclipse and the Flex Builder plug- ins created specifically for developing Flex and ActionScript applications. The user interface of the stand-alone configuration is more tightly integrated than in the plug-in configuration, which eliminates much of the potential confusion that the open, multipurpose plug-in configuration might create. The stand-alone configu- ration is ideal for new users and users who intend to develop only Flex and ActionScript applications. If you aren't sure which configuration to use, follow these guidelines: · If you already use and have Eclipse 3.11 (or later) installed, select the plug-in configuration. On Macintosh, Eclipse 3.2 is the minimum version. · If you don't have Eclipse installed and your primary focus is on developing Flex and ActionScript applications, select the stand-alone configuration. This configuration also allows you to install other Eclipse plug-ins, so you can expand the scope of your development work in the future. Both configurations provide the same functionality and you select the configuration you want when installing Flex Builder.