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Former Community Member
Hello Folks,

In advance, I already want to thank all of you willing to
take the time to read this, or even reply :)

Anyway, here's my current situation.

I've got Eclipse Europa (3.3) with the Flex 3 plugin.

I've got Tomcat 6 with the LiveCycle Data Services.

I've got some experience in coding Java classes, contacting
Databases (I currently would like to use MySQL) and wiring it all
with Spring/Toplink etc...

Anyway, I'm a bit lost when trying to do the following:

I want to create a webbased database management thingie. Easy
mode. One table, 2 fields etc...

However, I'm completely lost at how to start.

I'm perfectly capable to create my Bean, Dao, DaoImpl and
even a service layer above that which gives access to my Dao.

Other then that I'm, after some nice tutorials, capable in
creating my FLEX-Gui to show it all.

What's the problem then?

Well, I have no idea what I need to do with my Java classes
to make sure I can use them in my Flex App...

How do I need to create the war that needs to be deployed on
my Tomcat?

What is needed in my Service Layer to make it accessible?

What do I need to add in my Flex project to use that War? I
need to point towards a 'war-location' when creating a J2EE based
Flex application in Eclipse...

Anyway, I hope the explanation and the questions are clear
enough and not too 'noob-like' :)

Any replies appreciated!


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Former Community Member
Hoi Pieter,

you can use this zip (
file to kick of your project. It uses Blaze-DS, not LCDS but it
sounds like you can get away with Blaze-DS.

I use ant as my build tool and can compile and deploy in
GlassFish JBoss and TOmcat. I prevere to use GlassFIsh.

Teh zip contains a example with messaging and remoting in

Together with your current framework you can conenct the dots
and update your DB. I always use PostgreSQL, but the zip is
transparent and doesn't rely on anything but your imagination.



Former Community Member
Hey Ries,

first of all, thanks for taking the effort to reply :)

However, the link you provide is dead for me...

I tried searching your site for it, but it's a wee bit
cluttered to find anything :)

Any chance you can check it ?




Level 1

What you need is provided in the following link. It will get
you the main BlazeDS server/war app download and javadocs:


After you get that, go to the Getting Started link and get
the samples running:


Here, you'll be installing an HSQL db, BlazeDS server
deployment, the samples war, etc. This will give you a good overall
look at Flex back-ending to a java server solution (i.e. Remoting).

I took this and ran with it and was able to go from the
samples to configuring my own existing EJB app to use BlazeDS with
a Flex thick client (i.e. using the flashplayer plugin in a web
page). I put this together in about 3 days, including the
familiarization with BlazeDS and some research, so it's not that

There are some setup issues that were a bit hairy, so if you
have any issues getting it up and running, reply back to this
thread and I'll help you out.

One thing I will say: My confidence level with Adobe and
EJB/Java technologies is not high - i.e., no offense to Adobe, but
I don't see a lot of technical info on the nuts and bolts between
Flex, BlazeDS, and server-side java. Maybe because it's designed to
be stupid-simple, not sure - but if they're pushing the technology,
they need to probably get a bit more info out there - and their
"open sourcing" of BlazeDS is not on sourceforge and I don't see
any mention of a development team working on it, which is a bit
scary in and of itself.

Cheers, Eric.


Level 1
One more thing, quickly - once you get the samples up and
running, ignore everything but the Remoting portion of the
instructions - the rest is for web services and other technologies
that you don't need with java remoting.

Thx, Eric.