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Getting Started with Flex 3

Book Description

Discover how easy RIA development can be with this one-of-a-kind handbook from the Adobe Developer Library. Several clear, step-by-step mini-tutorials teach you about web services, event handling, designing user interfaces with reusable components, and more. After finishing this guide, you'll be able to build Flash applications ranging from widgets to full-featured RIAs using the Flex SDK and Flex Builder 3.0. With Getting Started with Flex 3, you will:

  • Walk through sample RIA projects and see examples of amazing applications people have built with Flex

  • Work with ActionScript 3.0 and the MXML markup language

  • Build user interfaces using the controls and tools available with the framework

  • Get a tour of controls available commercially and through open source

  • Learn how Flex integrates with ASP.NET, ColdFusion, PHP, and J2EE in the server

  • Build Flex-based widgets that let you display real-time data

  • Use advanced controls to build 3D graphs, data dashboards, mapping applications, and more

You'll find complete code for video players, a slideshow, a chat client, and an RSS reader, just to name a few. You also get plenty of tips, tricks, and techniques to leverage your existing programming skills, whether you come from an open source or Visual Studio-intensive background.

Table of Contents

  1. Special Upgrade Offer
  2. A Note Regarding Supplemental Files
  3. Preface
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. How This Book Is Organized
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. How to Contact Us
    5. About the Author
    6. Acknowledgments and Dedication
    7. Publisher’s Acknowledgments
  4. 1. Installing Flex Builder 3
    1. Installing the IDE
    2. Having Some Image Fun
  5. 2. Flex in Action
    1. E-Commerce
    2. Online Applications
    3. Multimedia
    4. Plug-ins and Widgets
    5. Dashboards
    6. Desktop Applications
    7. What Will You Do?
  6. 3. Flex 101: Step by Step
    1. A Flickr Viewer
  7. 4. Flex Controls and Layout
    1. The Application Container
    2. The Box Class
    3. The Canvas Container (Absolute Positioning)
    4. The Canvas Container (Relative Positioning)
    5. The Form Container
    6. Combined Layouts
    7. The Panel Container
    8. Controls
    9. Data Grids
      1. In-Place Editing
    10. Tabs and Accordions
    11. Menus
    12. Divider Boxes
    13. CSS
      1. Skinning
    14. Filters and Effects
  8. 5. Working with the Server
    1. POSTing to the Server with Flex
    2. Using the HTTPService Tag
      1. The Server Code in ColdFusion
    3. Going on from Here
  9. 6. More Flex Applications
    1. A Runner’s Calculator
    2. A Simple Image Viewer
    3. Drag-and-Drop
    4. States and Transitions
      1. A Simple Video Viewer
    5. Creating Better Movies
  10. 7. Advanced Flex Controls
    1. ILOG Elixir
    2. Advanced Flash Components
    3. The FlexLib Project
    4. Distortion Effects
    5. SpringGraph
  11. 8. Flex for Widgets
    1. Slide Show Widget
    2. Chat Widget
  12. 9. Flex on AIR
    1. Creating an AIR Version of the Runner’s Calculator
  13. 10. Resources for Flex Developers
    1. Flex Websites
    2. Blogs and Sites
    3. The Flex Cookbook
    4. Community Resources
    5. Books
  14. Index
  15. About the Authors
  16. Special Upgrade Offer
  17. Copyright