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Chapter 0

  1. 1. Learning Flex <ul><li>Chapter 0 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>What the Flex?!?! </li></ul><ul><li>A little Flex History </li></ul><ul><li>Sink or Swim </li></ul>
  3. 3. What the Flex?!?!
  4. 4. Flex is like 3 things in 1 <ul><li>It’s a language </li></ul><ul><li>It’s Flash </li></ul><ul><li>It’s an SDK </li></ul>
  5. 5. Flex is a Language <ul><li>Hybrid of MXML and ActionScript </li></ul><ul><li>MXML looks a lot like HTML </li></ul><ul><li>ActionScript = Code </li></ul><ul><li>You are going to learn Both! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Flex is Flash <ul><li>Actually Flex is used to create Flash </li></ul><ul><li>What’s created? A SWF! (Pronounced “swiff”) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Flex is an SDK <ul><li>SDK stands for Software Development Kit. </li></ul><ul><li>Flex Compiler, Library of UI Components and Documentation tools. </li></ul>
  8. 8. A Little Flex History
  9. 9. In The Beginning... <ul><li>First there was Flash </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers hate Flash </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Bounced Back with Flex </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why Use Flex? <ul><li>Speed </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Aesthetics </li></ul>
  11. 11. Adobe AIR Uses Flex Too
  12. 12. What’s Adobe AIR? <ul><li>Flash is for the web </li></ul><ul><li>AIR is for the Desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Flex works in Both! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sink or Swim
  14. 14. General Best Practices <ul><li>Don’t Just read...DO, THINK, EXPERIMENT! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep Track of what you have learned! </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Immersion isn’t the only way, but its the fastest. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Your Mission... <ul><li>Look for the best Flex Getting Started Tutorial you can find on the Web </li></ul><ul><li>Scategory Rules </li></ul><ul><li>The Person with the best find from today, wins a nice, crisp, Jackson. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Sources <ul><li>Cole, Alaric. Learning Flex 3: Getting up to Speed with Rich Internet Applications . Danburry: O’Reilly Media, Incorporated, 2008. </li></ul>

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