Macromedia Inc has entered an agreement with Mercury Interactive as part of its push to make Flex and Flash the de facto standards for rich web clients.
Under the agreement, Mercury will supply testing tools for functional and load testing of Flex framework servers and Flash clients once Macromedia releases Flex 2 technologies during the first half of next year. Additionally, Macromedia will adopt Mercury’s tools for its own internal development of Flex.
Previously, Macromedia Flex 1 framework had performance testing support from rival test vendor Segue. There is no word on whether jilted Segue will continue providing support for Flex 2.
However, the most interesting part of the agreement, and the one for which few details are currently available, is Mercury’s commitment to use Flex for developing rich Internet clients for its own products. Although it is not specifying which of its BTO products will get the Flex and Flash facelifts, prime candidates would likely include those making extensive use of dashboards.
In other announcements, Macromedia is opening a developers website that is similar to AlphaWorks where it will provide early stage product ideas for developer feedback.