Weekly Release: WebORB Integration and More

Hi there. The main feature of this week's release is the previously announced WebORB integration.

The nice folks at MidnightCoders (the creators of the WebORB application server for RIAs) have created a web service which converts BMML into a full-blown 3-tier client-server Flex application. The client-side code is a Flex representation of the mockup, and the server-side code generated can run in either .NET, Java or PHP. The generated server-side code provides all the data from the controls in the mockup to the corresponding controls in the Flex application.

To access this functionality, just select "Generate Flex Application (WebORB)..." from the Help menu:

You will see a nice little dialog with some explanation and a big "Generate Application" button:

weborbdialog

The generation step only takes a few seconds, after which you'll be able to download a .zip with all the files necessary to deploy it and run it from the midnightcoders' website:

weborbsite

You will also find lots of instructions there on how to deploy it and a link to their support forums in case you need help with anything.

I am really excited about the possibilities this feature offers and I'd like to once again thank Mark Piller and all the guys at MidnightCoders for making this possible.

This feature is available on all versions of Mockups starting today. It doesn't support linked pages at the moment, but we're working on it...this is just the beginning! 🙂

Also in this release

With the help of the community we (and with "we" I mean Marco) fixed a number of bugs this week:

How do I update?

Have a great week everyone!


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Comments (2)

  1. Cool. One fix will definitely help me and the Flex gen looks interesting. So, I should have version 1.6.14 after the upgrade, right?

    [Actually the latest is 1.6.15, we just posted a quick hotfix right after the blog post]

  2. Correct link for Desktop app:
    http://www.balsamiq.com/products/mockups/desktop#download

    [Peldi: thanks Alexandre, I just fixed all the links].