Reflex was finally demoed for the first time at the recent 360|Flex Conference. This new component framework is familiar to the Flex Framework in features and use though it is completely independent. Reflex extends the Flash Player through composition adding a robust layout, skinning, a component suite and an MXML workflow.
Probably the most unique aspect to the design of the Reflex system is a concept called Behaviors. A Behavior defines specific logic or interaction for a component, which is usually made up of several behaviors. As with component skins behaviors may be added and replaced at runtime and will utilize the styling features of the Flash Builder.
Through skinning and changing behavior a component can be completely redressed without extension. Below is an example of a list of data, moon phases and their cycle percentage:
With a new skin and a scrolling behavior the same component can look and act very differently. Just Drag the grip down the right side:
The file size of the SWF for the first example (with data embedded) is under 50KB. This means the second example is only bloated in size by the graphics at about 220KB.
The project is continuing to develop on GitHub. Watch for discussions and announcements on the reflex-platform google group. Our next step is to provide a roadmap to facilitate community contribution.
Update: The other demos from the conference built out by brother Jacob were just posted on his blog.