Deploying Flex using Capistrano

Capistrano is a deployment tool initially created to support the remote installation of Rails applications. One of the assumptions Capistrano makes is that the application (source) can be pulled out of a source code management system such as Subversion.

In case of Adobe Flex applications, compiled sources (SWF,HTML,…) need to be deployed to the Web server. So instead of pulling sources from a repository, I needed to push compiled code to the server.

The script below overrides the update_code task of the standard recipe and defines the steps to secure copy the compiled sources to the release location. To make this also work on the Windows platform, you need to install pscp

Now, just as any other Rails application, you can say:

cap deploy

and the application will be deployed to a new release location on the Web server.

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