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July 31, 2009

Free Training to Learn Flex in a Week

Here are Adobe's free video training Flex in a Week Courses, at Adobe Developer Connection, which will greatly help you learn and use Flex. To maximize your learning, we recommend that you view the videos and complete the exercises in the order in which they are listed. Adobe Flex is a must see application if you're building cross-platform, rich Internet applications and making extensive use of Flash. It provides a software development kit and an IDE to help get you on your way. These Flex tutorial courses show you how to get the most out of Flex for building rich, complelling, and interactive web applications.

Getting Started with Flex 3 (PDF, 1.4 MB).
This PDF tutorial will help you in getting started with Flex. This contains everything one needs to get started with learning Flex.

Day 1: Flex basics
On day 1 you will learn about the basics in Adobe Flex. These are well illustrated using ample examples. The topics covered here are introducing Flex builder, MXML, and binding data between controls.

 - Day 1 project files (ZIP; 3.8 MB)
 - Comparing Flash, Flex, Flash Player and Adobe AIR (5:30)
 - Introducing Flex Builder (7:22)
 - Creating a Flex Builder workspace and project (7:04)
 - Using pre-built Flex controls (4:34)
 - Understanding MXML (4:07)
 - Exercise 1: Creating a project and laying out controls
 - Binding data between controls (5:48)
 - Handling user events (6:22)
 - Introducing the event object (10:40)
 - Adding EventListeners with ActionScript (5:21)
 - Exercise 2: Binding data and handling a user event
 - Retrieving data via HTTPService (8:26)
 - Exercise 3: Populating a control from an HTTPService request

Day 2: Component development
The videos on day 2 are focused on component development in Flex. Some of the component related topics that are being covered here are displaying data in DataGrid, working with containers, creating custom MXML components, creating custom events etc.

 - Day 2 project files (ZIP; 975 KB)
 - Displaying data in the DataGrid (6:35)
 - Working with containers (12:12)
 - Exercise 4: Working with containers
 - Creating custom MXML components (8:42)
 - Exercise 5: Creating custom MXML components
 - Implementing value object classes (13:46)
 - Creating custom events (5:59)
 - Creating custom event classes (23:06)
 - Exercise 6: Creating custom events and dispatching data
 - Customizing item renderers (6:42)
 - Exercise 7: Creating an item renderer
 - Exploring Flex Builder tips (5:18)

Day 3: Putting it all together
Day 3 concentrates on putting all the pieces together from what we have learned so far from these Flex tutorials. The topics covered here are working with RemoteObject, formatting data, and deploying Flex and AIR applications.

 - Day 3 project files (ZIP; 3.1 MB)
 - Validating data (7:15)
 - Exercise 8: Validating form data
 - Requesting and sending data with RemoteObject (20:52)
 - Read me
 - Exercise 9: Using RemoteObject to send data to the server Exercise 9 (ColdFusion):
 - Using RemoteObject to send data to the server
 - Formatting data (6:09)
 - Dragging data between List components (5:20)
 - Exercise 10: Implementing drag and drop between components
 - Filtering XML with E4X (12:04)
 - Exercise 11: Using XML with E4X
 - Deploying Flex and AIR applications (11:57)
 - Read me
 - Exercise 12: Deploying a Flex application
 - Exercise 13: Creating and deploying an AIR application

Day 4: Adding visual appeal
On day 4 we learn how to add more color to your applications by enhancing the visual appeal. Some of the topics that are explained here are implementing navigator containers, embedding images and fonts, skinning components graphically, and extending components.

 - Day 4 project files (ZIP; 5.3 MB)
 - Implementing navigator containers (17:15)
 - Embedding images (11:58)
 - Embedding fonts (28:59)
 - Exercise 14: Working with navigation containers, embedding fonts and images
 - Creating constraint-based layouts (21:50)
 - Applying styles to MXML components (29:06)
 - Exercise 15: Working with constraints and using MXML styles
 - Skinning components with Adobe CS3 (28:14)
 - Exercise 16: Skinning components graphically
 - Creating view states (23:01)
 - Animating with behaviors and transitions (18:06)
 - Exercise 17: Working with view states, animation, and transitions
 - Drawing shapes with the Drawing API (22:32)
 - Skinning components programmatically (12:09)
 - Exercise 18: Drawing shapes and programmatic skinning
 - Extending components (27:27)
 - Exercise 19: Extending components

Day 5: Architecture and advanced topics
These Flex tutorials illustrate some of architecture related and other advanced topics. The topics covered are using animated filters, creating SWC files, using shared objects, embedding video in your application, and controlling video using Ajax.

 - Understanding the behavior of the Flash timing mechanism (4:18)
 - Using custom Flash graphics in Flex components (6:42)
 - Using and animating filters (4:35)
 - Exercise 20: Using and animating filters
 - Creating SWC files (10:46)
 - Exercise 21: Creating SWC files
 - Building runtime shared libraries (7:15)
 - Exercise 22: Building runtime shared libraries
 - Splitting your application into modules (8:45)
 - Communicating over local connections (6:20)
 - Exercise 23: Communicating over local connections
 - Using shared objects (4:20)
 - Exercise 24: Using shared objects
 - Reducing the file size of your Flex application (4:58)
 - Embedding video in your application (2:09)
 - Exercise 25: Embedding video
 - Controlling video using Ajax (2:19)
 - Localization using resource bundles (5:05)
 - Exercise 26: Localization using resource bundles
 - (Optional) Integrating Flex with PHP using XML (7:44)

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