After thinking much about this, I have arrived at a way to do this.
The need/requirement is this – Since I work in a startup, we keep changing servers, and their IP addresses. And being a service oriented application – I need to be able to edit the webservice endpoints in my Flex application in a easy manner every time this happens.
My Solution for this –
Assumption is that my webservice endpoint looks like this –
1) Create a file config.xml in a folder named “settings” that sits in the root folder of your Flex application – outside the “src” folder. And the config.xml will be a simple xml file of the following format –
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
At the end of this exercise the directory structure of your flex source code will look like this –
flex_src(root of the source code)
-com(some source folder)
2) Now in your application code, setup a HTTPService object either in mxml or action script. Set the url of that object to this value- “settings/config.xml” – And the above xml fiel containing the current settings will be loaded into memory .
Now you can store these values in a singleton object and construct your Webservice call at runtime.
And whenever you want to move this to a new server in production, edit the <url> tag of your config.xml and you should be good to go.
And this can be automated as well via the EnvGen ant task.
Is there a better way to do this? I would like to know. Do leave a comment if you’ve got ideas on how to handle this.