Flash Builder/Flex 4 Jumpstart

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Adobe Curriculum

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This is a five day course and one day deep hands-on introduction to developing Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) for the Adobe Flash Platform using the Adobe Flash Builder / Flex 4 framework. Emphasised topics include:

  • Custom components and layout control
  • Handling and extending events
  • Validating and formatting data
  • Navigation, animation, and visual state control
  • Text and style control
  • Spark component skinning
  • Introduction to remote data access
  • Working with typed data in DataGroup and DataGrid components
  • Deploying Flex applications over the web and on AIR

This course instructs developers about Integrating Data and Messaging with SOAP, REST, BlazeDS and LiveCycle Data Services.

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Introducing Flash Builder and the Flex SDK (9 topics)

  • Creating our first project
  • Prototyping an application in design view
  • Introducing forms, the form components and validation
  • Data providers, array collections and data binding
  • Breaking content down into components
  • Adding navigation to the application with the view stack
  • Modularising our design to promote performance and flexibility
  • Changing content at runtime using view states
  • Extending state changes with transitions

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in a Flash Builder /Flex context (8 topics)

  • Modularising our CSS and exploring Actionscript 3 & event handling
  • Customising the standard preloader and offloading the CSS load routine
  • Using Adobe Flash content and custom components in our applications
  • Customising the Module Loader to add flash animation
  • Introducing the new Flex 4 Spark component set
  • Exploring the skinning model
  • Creating and implementing a custom skin with MXML and FXG
  • Our first look at retrieving data dynamically and displaying it in different forms

Sourcing our Data Dynamically (10 topics)

  • Separating the tasks into individual components
  • The singleton design pattern and building a data model
  • Displaying data in a Data Grid and customising the output with label Functions and item Renderers
  • Presenting our data more visually using the Tile List and Data Group
  • The importance of Strong Typing and Value Objects
  • Creating custom events to communicate between components
  • Using data binding to display detail for a selected item
  • Visualising data with the charting components
  • Using the Popup Manager to reveal modal dialog boxes
  • Finalising a Release Build and deploying your Flex Application

Installing the Web Application Server and BlazeDS (12 topics)

  • Creating a project in a server based environment
  • Interacting with SOAP web services to request and submit data
  • The BlazeDS proxy service to integrate disparate systems
  • Restful web services and Flash Builder 4
  • Java Remoting, AMF and BlazeDS
  • Hibernate and Spring integration
  • Using the messaging service to implement a simple chat tool
  • Comparing LiveCycle Data Services and BlazeDS
  • Implementing LCDS on our web application server
  • Live messaging with RTMP
  • Flex LiveCycle Integration
  • Introducing Data Management Services and editable grids

Version Control in Flash Builder 4 (11 topics)

  • The Model View Controller design pattern and the Cairngorm Framework
  • Creating the key elements of the framework
  • Value Objects and the importance of strong typing
  • Building custom events and commands
  • The role of the front controller
  • Service integration with delegates, responders and asynctokens
  • Displaying our results visually
  • Enabling filtering through interaction, events and commands
  • Event driven Master-Detail sets
  • Grouping Collections and Client Side Analysis
  • Deploying the release build of your application


To gain the most from this class, you should:
  • Be familiar with an object oriented programming language such as Java or C++
  • Be familiar with XML terminology

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