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<h1>Using an external framework (microarchitecture) in your Flex Development </h1>
<h3>Why use a Framework?</h3>
<p>The choice to use a framework is an often highly (and hotly) debated topic. There are numerous external frameworks or 'microarchitectures' currently available that have been developed and should be considered. Since Flex itself is a framework, the term microarchitecture might help clear up some confusion to those new to the subject. Some of the benefits derived from using a microarchitecture during application development are:</p>
<li>Abstraction </li>
<li>Code reuse</li>
<li>Consistency </li>
<li>Ease of testing</li>
<li>Reduction of error</li>
<h3>Popular External Framework Choices (in no particular order)</h3>
<li>Cairngorm - based on Model-View-Controller pattern</li>
<li>Mate - tag-based, event-driven (message-bus) framework with Dependency Injection </li>
<li>Parsley - based on Inversion of Control (IoC) and Dependency Injection</li>
<li>PureMVC - based on Model-View-Controller pattern</li>
<li>RobotLegs - based on Inversion of Control (IoC) and Dependency Injection</li>
<li>Swiz - based on Inversion of Control (IoC) and Dependency Injection </li>
<p>More information can be found under each framework item listed in Tour de Flex.</p>
<h3>Related Reading</h3>
<p>Check out these links for more related reading on using these frameworks:</p>
<li><a href="">Adobe Devnet Article on Flex Frameworks</a></li>
<li><a href="">InsideRIA Max 2009 Video on Flex Frameworks</a></li>
<li><a href="">Joel Hooks post IoC and Dependency Injection using Parsley</a>
<li><a href="">InsideRIA article by Greg Owen about using Flex Frameworks </a></li>
<li><a href="">Flex Framework Comparison by Via Bulatao</a></li>
<li><a href="">Building an app with Parsley by Christophe Coenraets</a></li>
<li><a href="">InsideRIA Framework Quest</a></li>
<li><a href="">Popular Flex Frameworks post by Anand Vardhan</a></li>
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