FDT4 + HFCD4 = More Coding Comfort!
Hello folks, It has been quite a while since my last blog post. My apology for being too lazy to blog. One thing I did not mention in my last blog post was HFCD support for FDT4. Another apology to the great folks at Powerflasher – I can attest that when they say “FDT: Pure Coding Comfort”, they really mean it! Okay, if you’re interested in using FDT4 and HFCD4, read on.
It is really easy to setup FDT4 to use HFCD4. Actually, the HFCD installer should take care of the configuration. First of all, download the HFCD installer for FDT here.
Just so you know, you get a HFCD discount when you buy FDT 4 Max.
1. Run the installer, you start with specifying the HFCD installation directory:
2. When specifying the Eclipse Installation Directory, simply specify your FDT 4 installation directory.
3. Next step is to specify the home directory of Flex SDK. I use Flex SDK 4.1.0 as an example below.
4. We’re getting very closing to finishing the HFCD installation, just need to specify your FDT workspace directory.
5. Remember to request for a HFCD 4 license and specify the license file in this step.
After answering the above questions, the HFCD installer should install HFCD files and configure FDT 4 for you. Now, let’s start FDT 4. You should see the “HFCD View”. If you see it, that means the installation was a success.
To double-check, open the “Preferences” dialog and look for “HellFire Compiler”…
If you want FDT 4 to start HFCD 4 server automatically, specify the External Tool configuration “HFCD 4.1.0” in the HFCD “Launch Server” dialog.
Restart FDT4, you should see HFCD 4 running as an external process…
At this point, you’re all set. Congratulations, you have successfully configured FDT 4 to use HFCD. Now, you could start new projects and specify HFCD as the SDK of the project. You could also switch existing projects to use the HFCD SDK. Let’s create a new project here: The legendary HelloWorld project!
Specify HFCD as the project’s Flex SDK:
Create a MXML class called “HelloWorld”. You can add code to your HelloWorld file. The HFCD Eclipse plugin should detect the file change and automatically upload the change to the HFCD server. Now, create a Run configuration for the HelloWorld project:
Click the “Run” button. This should trigger HFCD to compile HelloWorld!
There you have it! FDT 4 is an excellent Flex IDE. HFCD 4 speeds up Flex project compilation by using multi-core technology. Putting them together and you get “More Coding Comfort”!