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Flex is a highly productive, free open source framework for building and maintaining expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops, and operating systems. While ...

Flex is a highly productive, free open source framework for building and maintaining expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops, and operating systems. While Flex applications can be built using only the free Flex SDK, developers can use Adobe® Flex® Builder™ 3 software to dramatically accelerate development.



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    Adobe Flex - Foundation to Advanced (Bundle) [A-FX-103] Adobe Flex - Foundation to Advanced (Bundle) [A-FX-103] Presentation Transcript

    • ADOBE Flex 4
      Peter Andreas Moelgaard
    • About Me
      Adobe Certified Professional (Flex)
    • About Me
      Adobe Community Professional (Flex)
    • About Me
      Adobe Advisory Board for Flash Builder
      Adobe Advisory Board for Flash Catalyst
      Adobe Advisory Board for Flex SDK
    • About Me
      I’m Peter Andreas Moelgaard
      I’m 35 years old
    • About Me
      Adobe MAX Award x 2 (2008)
      Adobe MAX Award Semifinalist (2009)
      Author of Flash Catalyst 2.0 Unleashed(Addison Wesley, 2011)
    • Agenda
      Introduction to Flex
      First Things First - What Is Flex ?
      How Does Flex Work ?
      What Can You Do with Flex ?
      The Flex Ecosystem
      Build your First Application (Bootcamp)
      Build the User Interface
      Connect to Data
      Create Pages
      Code Your Interactions
    • About Me
      Twitter: @petermoelgaard
    • Introduction to Flex
      before we get our hands dirty…
    • Introduction to RIA’s
      Rich Internet Applications (RIA) are desktop-like applications running in the browser.Overcome many limitations of traditional web technologies:
      Stateless architecture
      User interaction is mostly point-and-click
      Non-responsive (click > load > wait > click > load > wait > ...)
    • Introduction to RIA’s
      Rich user experience, like desktop applications
      No cumbersome installations, or upgrades
      Single point management, leading to the concept of Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Introduction to RIA’s
      Engaging, informative, self-service-oriented RIAs encourage customers to
      Stay on your site longer
      Explore more options
      Complete more online transactions
      Spend more money
      Recommend the site to others
      Return more often
    • Introduction to RIA’s
      Well-designed customer-facing RIAs can
      Increase online sales up to 30%*
      Increase conversions, cross-channel sales, and upsells by up to 40%*
      Reduce contact center / telephone agent calls up to 20% annually*
      * Forrester: “The Business Case for Rich Internet Applications”(Ron Rogowski, March 12, 2007)
    • Introduction to RIA’s
      “…even modest improvements in online customer experiences can boost revenue gains by $117 million to $311 million per year -- due to additional purchases, reluctance to switch, and likelihood of recommending to colleagues and friends.”
      Forrester “Customer Experience Boosts Revenue” by Bruce D. Temkin, June 22, 2009
    • First Things First - What Is Flex ?
      Flex is an open source software development toolkit for building Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) on the Flash Platform.
      To build a Flex application, you write object-oriented code using ActionScript 3, MXML and CSS languages.
      The Flex SDK includes a compiler, debugger, profiler and hundreds of ready-to-user components and ActionScript classes that accelerate development.
    • Adobe provides optimized Flash Player technology to Google
      Increases accuracy of web search results
      Enables top search engines to understand what's inside of RIAs
      Works with all existing SWF content, across all versions
    • First Things First - What Is Flex ?
      To help us rapidly develop applications and content using the Flex framework, Adobe offers an Eclipse based IDE.
      Adobe Flash BuilderIt includes support for intelligent coding,debugging, visual design as well aspowerful testing and monitoring tools.
      Alternative IDEsFDT, FlourineFX, FlashDevelop,Amethyst, FlexBean, etc.
    • How Does Flex Work ?
      Flex source code is first compiled into ActionScript classes and then eventually Flash bytecode, which is executed at the client side by the ActionScript Virtual Machine in Adobe Flash Player or Adobe AIR.
      Flash Platform
    • What Can You Do With Flex ?
      You can use Flex to build anything from multimedia-rich consumer experiences to functional line-of-business applications that run behind the firewall.
      You can use Flex to deliver an entire application experience, or you can embed Flex-based components and widgets within existing HTML websites.
      You can use Adobe AIR to run an enhanced, standalone version of your application across Windows, MAC OS X, Linux and Android operating systems.
    • RIAs help businesses save money by enhancing employee productivity
      Used internally, RIAs can help the enterprise
      Unite key data from disparate sources
      Increase employee productivity
      Reduce data entry time up to 40%
      Improve accuracy
      Save time
      Reduce operating expenses
    • Common use cases for RIAs across various industries
      Customer self-service applications
      Intuitive, guided self-service applications lower costs, increase visibility and usage while increasing overall customer satisfaction
      Guided selling applications increase ASP and revenues, while reducing errors and returns driving down costs
      Data visualization
      Rich, interactive data visualization simplifies complex data and leads to faster decision making
      Dashboards enable real time pulse of critical business metrics
    • NASDAQ
      Enabling stock market participants to replay, understand, and explain market events at any point in time
      Manage and deliver trading data in relevant, interactive ways
      Give users instant insight into extremely detailed trading activity in the market at any time during the day
      Solution: Market Replay RIA
      Adobe AIR
      Adobe Flex
      Amazon S3
      Delivers valuable data analysis at a lower cost to everyone involved
      Enables investors and brokers to replay market events and review historical data in simulated real-time
      “There’s no doubt that working in Adobe AIR is a huge benefit. The ability to process trading data on the desktop enables NASDAQ to deliver valuable data analysis at a lower cost to everyone involved.”
      Randall Hopkins
      Vice president, NASDAQ Market Data
    • SAP
      Transforming business data into rich, interactive dashboards and data presentations– without programming
      Accelerate new product innovation and user adoption of Business Intelligence (BI) tools through dynamic, impactful user experiences
      Solution: Xcelsius software
      Adobe AIR
      Adobe Flash Builder
      Adobe LiveCycle Data Services ES
      Accelerated product development from years to months
      Improved BI analysis
      Drove increased adoption of BI solutions across enterprises
      “With BI tools based on the Flash Platform, business users can quickly access and analyze enterprise data to better understand the business without assistance from IT or business analysts.”
      James ThomasVice President of Product Marketing, SAP BusinessObjects
    • FedEx
      Connecting customers to shipment tracking information online and offline
      Improve customer access to shipment tracking information, online as well as on the desktop
      Adobe AIR
      Adobe Flex
      Delivered consistent customer experience online and offline
      Enabled easy-to-use, always on, branded tracking method
      Increased development productivity by almost 50%
      “… individual shippers, consignees, and small businesses will benefit most from the new, easy-to-use Adobe AIR application because they will have immediate access to critical information about their shipping and supply chain activities.”
      Aitza Anderson, product manager, FedEx
      All external content and images pending approvals.
    • The Flex Ecosystem
      Flash Player
      Flash Media Server Family
      Flash Builder
      Creative Suite
      Analytics &
    • The Flex Ecosystem
    • The Flex Ecosystem
      Adobe Flash Platform
      Is an entire family of technologies you can use to create, run and provide data to RIAs, including client runtimes, tools, frameworks, servers and cloud services.
      Flash Platform Runtimes
      At the center of the Flash Platform are the client runtimes. Adobe Flash Player for the browser and Adobe AIR for outside the browser.
    • The Flash Player is the world’s most pervasive software
      of Internet-connected PCs worldwide have Flash Player installed
      of top 20 smart phones will support Flash Player this year
      3.5 million
      of Alexa 100 top websites use Flash Player
      develop using the Flash Platform
      penetration rate in enterprises - Forrester
      of web games are
      delivered using Flash Player
      of enterprise professionals will seek Flash Platform development skills in 2011 (Society of Digital Agencies)
    • The Flex Ecosystem
      Adobe Flash Player
      Adobe Flash Player is a browser plugin or Active-X control with a rich object model and rendering engine that allows developers to include highly expressive and interactive content in web-applications
      To include this richer content, you create a SWF file using Developer tools and then reference this SWF file in your HTML page.
      When the browser parses the HTML page, the flash player downloads the SWF file and runs in the browser.
    • The Flex Ecosystem
      Adobe AIR
      Is a cross-operating-system runtime and set of tools that allow developers to deploy HTML, Ajax, and Flash Platform applications (SWF files) to the desktop.
      An emerging design pattern is to deliver a browser-based version for all users and a desktop version for the more active or power users-
    • Companies use Adobe AIR to deliver RIAs outside the browser
      300 million
      AIR runtime installations
      2.5 million
      AIR SDK installations
      1 million
      Installations of Adobe AIR within one year of release
      Applications in the Adobe AIR Marketplace
    • The Flex Ecosystem
      Flash Platform Tools
      Adobe Flash Builder (FB)Is an Eclipse-based development tool targeted at developers. With this IDE you use the Flex framework to create SWF files.
      Adobe Flash Catalyst (FC)Is a new interaction design tool for rapidly creating expressive interfaces and interactive content without writing code.
      Adobe Flash Professional (FL)Is the industry standard for interactive authoring.
    • Supported across the Board
      3.5 million developers
      150+ supporting technologies to help in application and project development
      • Frameworks
      • Performance and load testing
      • Tooling plug-ins
      • Pre-built components
      • Product extensions, functions and code
      • 1,000+ global and regional system integrators, ISVs, and VARs
      • 52 Adobe Agency Partners, including the top digital agencies
      • 250+ training partners
      • More than 70 Open Screen Project members
      • 337 User Groups worldwide
    • The Flex Ecosystem
      Flash Platform Languages
      ActionScriptIs an inheritance-based object-oriented scripting language based on the ECMAscript standard.The syntax and features are very similar to Java.
      MXMLIs a convenience language, it provides an alternate way to generate ActionScript using a declarative tag-based XML syntax. When you compile an application, the MXML is parsed and converted to ActionScript.
    • Flex integrates with
      Flash Player
      HTTP/S, Sockets, AMF, RTMP,
      SOAP, WS*, SMTP, REST, …
      Flash Builder
      3rd PartyServices
      Flash PlatformServices
      Flash Media Server Family
      ECM Repository
    • The Flex Ecosystem
      Flash Platform ServicesA set of hosted and managed services.
      Collaboration ServiceReal-time collaboration service featuring chat, audio, video and simple data.
      Distribution Servicefor distributing, promoting, tracking, and monetizing applications on e.g. social networks, mobile devices and desktops.
      Social Servicefor integrating with multiple social networks including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, AOL and many more…
    • Flash and HTML5
      Adobe actually supports HTML
      The Flash Platform has integrated with HTML for 14 years.
      AIR 2.0 (desktop) includes support for HTML5.
      Adobe is committed to supporting HTML5
      The Flash Platform delivers cross-platform, cross-browser, cross-device consistency.
      HTML5 implementations will differ and hinder content adoption of rich features, including video tag support.
      No consistency in codec support for video is yet visible.
    • Build Your First Application
      now lets get our hands dirty…
    • Build Your First Application
      Build The User Interface
      Connect to Data
      Create Pages
      Code Your Interactions
    • What We’re Building ?
      An simple staff management system
    • Build Your First Application
      Build The User Interface
      Create a New Flex Project
      Use Design Mode to Add Components
      Use Design Mode to Set Properties
      Change Component Attributes in MXML
      Browse and Run the Application
    • Build Your First Application
      Connect to Data
      Create a Flex Data Service
      Connect the getEmployees() Service Operation to a DataGrid
      Configure DataGrid Columns
      Browse and Debug the Application
    • Build Your First Application
      Create Pages
      Create Employees and Departments States
      Retrieve and Display Department Data in the Departments DataGrid
      Change Property Values in Different States
      Change a Property or Style Value in All States
      Create a New EmployeeDetails State
      Add Objects to Specific States
    • Build Your First Application
      Code Your Interactions
      Generate an Event Handler
      Change to the Departments State on a Button click Event
      Change the Employees State on a Button click event
      Change the EmployeeDetails State on a DataGrid change Event
      Clear the TextInput Component on a focusIn Event
      Change Styles on a click Event
    • Great Resources
      Adobe Developer Connection
      Flex Developer Center
      Learn Flex in a Week
      More than 335 user groups
      Adobe TV
      Tour de Flex
      Training Partners and Support Centres
      1000’s of active bloggers and forums
    • Conclusion on 1. Day
      Setting up Environment
      Design Mode of Flex
      Using Source Mode of Flex
      Introduction to ActionScript 3.0
      Interactivity and Events in Flex
      Using Data Binding in Flex
      Laying out in Flex and Flex Containers
      Creating Forms in Flex
      Displaying Data in Flex
      Application Flow and Visibility
      Working with View States