Thursday, May 31, 2007

Does Flex need an fconsole (like Java's jconsole)?

As Flex is used for more complex applications and is more widely used in the enterprise I'm wondering how long it's going to be before people want to peer inside the black box of the Flash Player and see how it's working (how the garbage collector's working, how many event/s it's processing and how it's using the operating system's vm system).

Java's addressed this with its JMX framework and the super-cool free jconsole tool that comes with the JDK that charts thread and memory utilization.

Grant Skinner
's been writing some cool stuff
on the Player's memory management system. This presentation is a must for anyone developing enterprise Flex applications).

How long it will be before people will be asking if Flash Player needs an fconsole?