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FDT 5.5.1 Ant Improvements help NME Haxe Workflow

Really excited about the improvements that FDT team is doing around Haxe and Ant. Recently I started working on a set of project templates for FDT 5.5 so that Haxe users can have a good work flow within FDT.

The latest update of FDT adds the ability to make your Ant task a “Build Config”. This way you can use your normal build / debug config keyboard shortcuts. This is a huge time saver if you are using the NME Ant builds. See the following video below.

[vimeo 41847484]

Starling Framework with Box2d SWC – (Temp FDT bug fix)

Starling Framework with Box2d SWC

If you are using FDT and you are running into issues using the new starling-framework source code then the fix (by John Olson) was to create a Flex Library Project in Flash Builder and export a swc that has all the source from starling in it. I tested this out and sure enough it works.

I prefer swcs in my projects when using frameworks anyway so I packaged up starling and box2d into a swc and you can download it for your convenience. Enjoy!

Github Link:

FDT displays errors on some Class definitions and imports in the framework.
Also in the are some errors, saying “File could not be parsed.”, “Unexpected Token” or “Found ‘true’ but newline or semicolon was expected”

Especially the semicolon shoun’t display an error, because it is not a duty to use them. Instead FDT should display a warning

In the Framwork itself FDT can’t handle Class definitions with pre package names properly,
e.g. flash.display.Stage in line 144, starling.core.Starling class


Using fl.controls.* with FDT (and Flash CS5.5)

by troy on January 4, 2008

I Recently upgraded to FDT 3.0 Professional…I highly recommend if you’re doing heavy actionscript projects. It’s pricey, but will pay for itself quickly.

Using fl.controls with the syntax checking took a bit of research. Turns out you have to follow the steps as

  • Create a new FLA, name it CS3Controls
  • drag all the components you need into the Library
  • In File> Publish Settings > Flash > checkmark “Export SWC”
  • publish it
  • copy the CS3Controls.swc to someplace you’ll remember (e.g. a common classpath or whatever app that uses them’s lib folder)
  • – Now in FDT, add your SWC to your project, and in the Flash Explorer panel, right-click and add that SWC file to your classpath
  • once that swc is visible in the FDT Flash Explorer, right click over it. “Source Folder”>“Add to Classpath”
  • after a moment you will see it above the packages, if successful, clicking the plus will show you all the classes inside it…very cool FDT team!
  • in your AS class just proceed as normal eg.: <code> import fl.controls.*</code>

found this cool little tip and it worked great

Eclipse syntax color themes for FDT

If you haven’t looked for this lately you are going to be really happy to see this eclipse plugin. For at least a couple of years I was hoping someone would build a plugin for managing themes in eclipse. We all tend to not like the default no matter what language you program in. The process be for was going into the Appearance tab in Eclipse and changing the color settings to reflect the needs you have, export preferences and then import every time you switch work spaces.

Well check out This plugin adds a section under the Appearance menu in Preferences. You can brows the site and search for popular themes. My fav in TextMate has always been Twilight so I did a search and found one that was perfect, downloaded the theme and imported it with no issue. 

FDT supported on Linux

FDT officially supported on Linux now!

December 14th, 2010 by aklement

After big demand, the FDT team is happy to announce to take the FDT Linux version out of our Labs and make Linux an equal first class citizen as the OSX and Windows Operating System.

Linux is a growing platform and more and more developers are now switching to it as their preferred environment. Currently, Linux doesn’t have a robust IDE focused primarily to Flash/Flex developers. We hope FDT can fulfill this gap and deliver Coding Comfort to Linux developers as well.

Check out FDT 4.1 Release Notes

Installation instructions:

FDT for Linux is distributed as an Eclipse plugin. To get started, register here to get your 30 days trial key and follow the plug-in install instructions on this tutorial.


Your contribution and feedback are very important to us. We encourage everyone to submit any feature request, improvements or bugs on

Happy Coding!

The FDT Team

Intro to PureMVC Talk for Dublin Flash UG

This is my talk that I gave to the Dublin Flash UG. If you have been looking for a practical intro to PureMVC then take the time to watch and shoot me any questions in the comments below. The screencast looks great if you take it fullscreen mode.

Also you will notice that I am using FDT 4 and I go over some of the shortcuts that it provides to allow for faster coding in my projects.

PureMVC – sneak peek on Vimeo

There is a presentation that I give from time to time. “PureMVC – It isn’t that scary”, is the title of the talk. I do go more in depth on the different classes you use within the PureMVC project but in this sneak peek I walk you though quickly how to do a simple hello world app using the PureMVC framework.

On top of that I show you some handy shortcuts and tips if you are an FDT user. It really speeds up the process and allows you to quickly create the classes and code that is needed.

I will be giving a live talk to the Dublin Flash UG this week so if you can make it please do. More info here.

side note …. I say the web address to my site incorrectly in the video. Oh well. You get the point anyway. 

[vimeo 15722697]