Flex 2: Rich Internet Applications

Flex 2: Rich Internet Applications


Total Run Time: 8 hrs

Learn how the Flex 2 product line delivers a standards-based programming methodology to combine the richness of the desktop with the reach of the web.


  • Discover best practices for architecting a Flex application.
  • Learn how to connect a Flex application to server side data including web services and remote methods.
  • Understand how to customize a Flex application to give it a unique look and feel.

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Using Flex 2, you can deliver dashboards, e-commerce, and self-service applications that improve the bottom line and customer experience. Practice with the work-along tutorials as you watch the detailed instructional videos.

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Course outline

Disc 1

Chapter 1: INTRODUCING ADOBE FLEX 2 (08 min)

  1. The Evolution of the Rich Internet Application
  2. Introducing the Flex Product Line
  3. Introducing the Flash® Player
Chapter 2: USING FLEX BUILDER™ 2 (19 min)

  1. Creating a New Flex Project
  2. Building a Simple Form
  3. Compiling the Application into a SWF
  4. Debugging the Application
  5. Setting Up Break Points
Chapter 3: FLEX FUNDAMENTALS (33 min)

  1. Aligning Text Vertically & Horizontally
  2. Looking at the Flex Component Explorer
  3. Creating Data Bindings between Label Controls
  4. Architecting an Application with MXML Components
  5. De.ning a Property to Access outside the Component
  6. Adding in Bindable Meta Tags
  7. Adding Custom Properties & Methods to a Component
Chapter 4: HANDLING EVENTS (17 min)

  1. Understanding Events
  2. Creating Event Handlers Using Inline ActionScript
  3. Handling Events with ActionScript Functions
  4. Placing ActionScript Functions in External Files
  5. Understanding the Event Object

  1. Creating a ViewStack Container
  2. Adding Navigational Controls to the ViewStack
  3. Using the TabNavigator Container
  4. Using the Accordion Container
  5. Adding an ApplicationControlBar with a ToggleButtonBar
Chapter 6: RETRIEVING XML DATA (37 min)

  1. Setting Up an XML Data Project & Setting HTTP Service
  2. Setting Up a DataGrid to Display XML Data
  3. Adding a Label Control to a DataGrid
  4. Using an ArrayCollection
  5. Examining a Data Structure in Debugging Mode
  6. Utilizing Data Returned in an Event Object
  7. Using the HTTP Service Class to Catch Faults
  8. Creating a Cross Domain Security File
Chapter 7: USING VIEW STATES (24 min)

  1. Creating a New State & Inserting a Form
  2. Adding Click Properties to the Base & Form States
  3. Creating Rollover Text for an Image
  4. Adjusting the Size of a Rollover Image
  5. Creating Rollover Components

Disc 2


  1. Adding a Background Color & an Image to a Project
  2. Building a Component
  3. Integrating Components into the Main Application
  4. Building Form Items
  5. Creating a Gallery Component
  6. Creating a Tile Container & Invoking Components
  7. Adding a Shopping Cart to a Layout
  8. Using View States
  9. Fixing Overlapping Images
  10. Using States to View an Image in the Gallery
  11. Incorporating CSS Styles into the Application
Chapter 9: USING A DATA GRID (40 min)

  1. Using the DataGrid Control
  2. Specifying DataGrid Columns
  3. Formatting DataGrid Columns
  4. Using Item Renderers & Item Editors
  5. Creating Custom Components for Item Renderers & Editors
  6. Working with the TileList Container
  7. Accessing Information in the DataGrid

  1. Understanding the Disadvantages of Bindings
  2. De.ning & Dispatching a Custom Event
  3. Referencing a Custom Event
  4. Write a Custom Event Class & De.ne a Custom Property
  5. Attach the Custom Event Class to the Custom Event Object
  6. Handling the Event to Run in the Main Application
Chapter 11: USING A REPEATER (19 min)

  1. Creating Buttons Inside a Repeater Tag
  2. Labeling Buttons in the Repeater Tag
  3. Creating a Display Data Function with a Click Event
  4. Using DataProvider Data in Repeated Controls
  5. Accessing Components within a Data Structure

  1. Examining the Stock Photo Application
  2. Initializing the Application
  3. Using a Repeater Control to Display Images
  4. Specifying the Source & Bindable Properties
  5. Dynamically Changing the Display View of the Photos
  6. Using a Custom Event to Enable a Shopping Cart
  7. Adding a Purchase Button in the Details State
  8. Using an ArrayCollection to Store Item Details
  9. Use an Item Renderer to Display Info in the Shopping Cart
  10. Replacing the Repeater with a TileList
Chapter 13: MANIPULATING XML (34 min)

  1. Manipulating Client Side Data Using E4X Syntax
  2. Creating a Tree Control to Display the XML Data
  3. Adding a Change Event to Display Data from the Tree
  4. Populating the Shopping Cart with Raw XML Content
  5. Working with an XML List Collection
  6. Using Conditional Logic to Compare & Update Values
Chapter 14: USING WEB SERVICES (25 min)

  1. Accessing Web Services
  2. Invoking Web Services Methods & Results
  3. Using a FaultHandler
  4. Call Multiple Methods from One Web Service Object
  5. Passing Parameters to Web Services

  1. Viewing Data in the Flash Player
  2. Applying the FilterByCategory Function
  3. Adding a Sort Function
  4. Setting Up for the IViewCursor Interface
  5. Using the IViewCursor Interface

  1. Triggering Numeric Validation with Events
  2. Triggering Validation with ActionScript
  3. Build a Custom Validator with Regular Expressions
  4. Customizing a Currency Formatter
  5. Final Comments & Credits

Presenter Info

James TalbotJames has been with Adobe (formerly Macromedia) for over seven years, on both the sales engineering and training teams, and has many years of experience working with Flex and building applications. He is currently building some exciting new applications using the Adobe AIR desktop platform. James has traveled extensively throughout the world promoting Adobe products and certifying Adobe instructors as well as speaking at conferences. He has written Object Oriented ActionScript 2.0 published by New Riders Press as well as the Flex 2: Training from the Source book. James has been an integral team member on many high profile Rich Internet Application consulting assignments.

James is actively involved in the Adobe worldwide instructor and developer community, and contributes to developer certification exams as well as organizing and speaking at user groups. James is passionate rich internet applications and the entire engagement platform and believes Adobe technology will change the world for the better.