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Bug 157968 - ActionScript 3/Flex support for NetBeans
Summary: ActionScript 3/Flex support for NetBeans
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: contrib
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Code (show other bugs)
Version: 6.x
Hardware: All All
: P2 blocker with 38 votes (vote)
Assignee: issues@contrib
: 169589 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-02-05 08:01 UTC by xlinuks
Modified: 2016-09-01 19:31 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description xlinuks 2009-02-05 08:01:31 UTC
Given that (arguably) more than 95% of all RIA is created in Flash I would ask the developers to introduce support for
ActionScript 3.
There's a project that can't format the source code, can't properly highlight, has no API support, thus far from modern
standards, it could be used as a start point:

If the following comments are inappropriate I'd ask the admins to delete them:
imho there are 2 key technologies most used: PHP on the server side and Flash on the client side. NetBeans already
supports PHP thus having evolved from "an IDE" to "the IDE" for server-side programming. But to complete the client-side
the developers (as you all know, very often) turn to Flash, thus having to use Eclipse, which already has a rather solid
plugin and continues enhancing it. I think it's critical for NetBeans's market share and strategy to close this gap.

PS: I'm not sure to which component this request belongs to, sorry.
Comment 1 codesandchaos 2009-07-15 08:15:52 UTC
I teach at the post secondary level and we teach Flex/AS3 courses as well as Java. We've had to abandon Netbeans due to
this glaring blind spot. Flex/AS3 RIA technology is the de facto standard and has been for some time so we find it
surprising that Flex/AS3 hasn't even been a consideration up until now in Netbeans. You may wish to give this plugin a
little more gravity before you leak more users.
Comment 2 k1ko 2010-01-06 07:07:00 UTC
It would be great if Netbeans supported ActionScript.
Comment 3 itabirca 2010-01-06 14:38:09 UTC
To complete what xlinuks said (almost one year ago): AIR 2.0 will support serversockets, so serverside action script will be a great addition to Netbeans IDE. I believe it is a must.
Comment 4 aristidesfl 2010-03-17 12:22:06 UTC
Pleaseee add suport for action script 3 :(
Comment 5 marisa 2010-04-03 12:16:14 UTC

thanks for this great piece of software, i use it everyday for my php development and it is a real pleasure to do it with netbeans.

a lot of people who does web development need a day or another to do some actionscript via flex, air or just pure as project.

and i see some people around, who do flash dev on a daily basis, disapointed by the lack of opensource, cross-platform actionscript ide.

it would be such a great news to have it inside netbeans.

could you please tell us if it has a chance to be done, thanks

Comment 6 judahtanthony 2010-08-11 14:45:00 UTC
Thumbs Up, ActionScript 3 support would be fantastic!
Comment 7 lucascaro 2010-08-29 03:10:33 UTC
+1! actionscript support would be killer!!!
Comment 8 dix75 2010-09-08 12:27:21 UTC
Please add suport for Action script
Comment 9 shredding 2010-11-30 09:03:51 UTC
Netbeans is the most fantastic IDE, and I'm always stuck with Eclipse and FlashBuilder for Actionscript Support. I pay them money for driving me crazy :(

PLEASE add As3 support.
Comment 10 prevoj 2011-01-07 20:05:19 UTC
I agree. We love NetBeans and simply hate it every time we end up having to use Eclipse for something. Please consider adding ActionScript 3 support to NetBeans!
Comment 11 coombesy 2011-02-24 20:41:17 UTC
I love netbeans. Its the only IDE i've been truly happy about since dreamweaver mx8 about 10 years ago.

But I still have to open eclipse to develop flash. Pty cause if eclipse gets less buggy in linux i might end up jumping ship.
Comment 12 dartow 2011-04-20 20:21:55 UTC
>But I still have to open eclipse to develop flash. Pty cause if eclipse gets
>less buggy in linux i might end up jumping ship.

I've got the same story. And I'm annoyed of developing applications with the use of eclipse IDE, it is so buggy, little bit complicated and works too slowly. 

Since I began studying Java I fell in love with NetBeans IDE. It is perfect, everything is so easy! And I consider, it would be much more perfect if you can add Flash support, I mean AS3 and Flex.

Thank you.
Comment 13 Jesse Glick 2011-04-21 20:34:13 UTC
The Version field may be moved backward but never forward (unless the original setting was erroneous).
Comment 14 Jesse Glick 2011-05-19 14:58:25 UTC
*** Bug 169589 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 15 doahh 2011-06-28 08:54:39 UTC
Another +1.

I have been using Netbeans since version 3, but I am currently moving over to IntelliJ just to get support for Flex. I am also about to move all my other projects to Intellij as I don't like having two IDE's open at the same time. I don't really like Intellij, but my project is getting too complicated to develop without IDE support.
Comment 16 Petr Jiricka 2011-10-20 08:46:15 UTC
Changing version back to 6.8 - note that the version refers to the earliest release against which the feature was requested. It is assumed that it automatically applies to all the subsequent releases.
Comment 17 _ hildo 2011-11-30 22:44:55 UTC
We use Maven and Flex-Mojos to build Flex applications.  The current state of FlexBean doesn't seem to pick up on Maven Flex Artifacts (ie, packaging = swf or swc, for example).  So, even with that plugin installed, .as and .mxml files are ignored (I think).

So, adding support for FlexMojos as part of this would be brilliant.
Comment 18 gregorytechsoft 2016-09-01 18:08:05 UTC
Not sure if true or not, but ... I seem to think that either Flash/ActionScript/Flex is not within NetBeans's goals, or NetBeans staff/executives signed a non-compete with Adobe to not overstep each others' tails. Both are possible, with the latter being more likely.

That said, NetBeans proper would not likely step down upon anyone developing such a plugin for general release; I just don't think it'll get the proper consideration we all expect.

Oh, and +1'ing the heck outta this issue....