Macromedia and Mercury Agree on Rich Internet Apps
Macromedia and Mercury Interactive announced on Monday a plan to integrate
Mercury’s Quality Center and Performance Center products with Macromedia’s
Flex 2 product line.
In a separate announcement, Macromedia said it created Macromedia Labs, a new
site on macromedia.com for developers to download early versions of Macromedia
technologies, share info, and help shape the direction of new products and technologies.
Mercury has licensed Flex tech to help deliver rich data visualization dashboards
within future Mercury products. Macromedia has licensed Mercury Quality Center
and Mercury Performance Center products for use in the development and deployment
of its Flex product line. The integrated Macromedia and Mercury offerings will
help joint customers optimize both the quality and performance of rich Internet
applications, the companies said in a joint announcement.
For functional testing, quality assurance teams will be able to use Mercury
QuickTest Professional, part of Mercury Quality Center, to create object-oriented
test scripts and play them back on each build of the app. Full Flex component
object recognition and property testing allows these teams to record and play
back tests that validate the Flex application is running as expected. Integrations
with Mercury LoadRunner, part of Mercury Performance Center, will help support
performance testing of Flex applications, whether the applications integrate
with back-end data using XML, SOAP web services, or the Macromedia AMF binary
Developers can download the public alphas of Macromedia Flash Player 8.5 and
Macromedia Flex Builder 2, part of the Macromedia Flex 2 product line, from
the newly created Macromedia Labs. For more information and to download Flex
Builder 2 and Flash Player 8.5, click here.