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by: PHP Builder Staff
June 8, 2009

Using the Network Monitor
The Network Monitor is one of the most prolific features of Flash Builder. To give it a spin, from the Properties menu, click Project. Then, select Flash Builder Compiler in the left navigation pane of the project Properties dialog. Select the Enable Network Monitor check box, and then click Finish. Next, run the application debugger, and click the Network Monitor tab so that it becomes the selected tab in the bottom pane of the IDE. Now, move the browser window so that it is not covering the Network Monitor window, and select an item from the grid. A new service call should appear. Select the service call in the Network Monitor window to view more details. This is a very handy utility for troubleshooting issues with remote services.
The new data-centric features alone make Flash Builder one of the most prolific advancements for rich Internet application (RIA) development. Interestingly, we hardly scratched the surface of the features and functionalities built into Flash Builders' features such as support for themes, enhancements to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), integrated unit testing with FlexUnit, an enhanced component kit, seamless integration with the up-and-coming Flash Catalyst program, as well as significant enhancements to the profiler and debugger. With so much left to be experienced, I encourage you to continue learning how to develop RIAs with Flash Builder. I have included a list of resources to help guide your research below.
About the Author
Dan Orlando is a recognized Flash Platform Architect and Consultant specializing in the enterprise space. As an advocate for RIA, Dan has been published in magazines and web sites such as PHP Architect, Flash and Flex Developer Magazine, IBM developerWorks, Amazon Web Services, and the Adobe Developer Connection.

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