Apache Flex Developing Rich Internet Client Applications

Apache Flex Developing Rich Internet Client Applications


Application Developers wanting to utilise Apache Flex (formerly Adobe Flex) to build Internet Applications.


Delegates should be experienced web developers.


3 days. Hands on.

This course is available on site only.  Please call for details.

Course Objectives

This course provides experienced application developers with hands-on, practical experience using Flex. The course introduces developers to all the primary features of Flex they’ll need to know in order to build a fully functional, well architected front end for a Rich Internet Application (RIA).

Course Content

Introducing Apache Flex
Understanding rich Internet applications.
Understanding the Flex application process flow.
Getting help and other resources.
Exploring the course application.

Getting Started with Flex Builder
Understanding the relationship between Eclipse and Flex Builder.
Exploring the Flex Builder interface.
Creating a project and your fi rst application.
Creating a main application page and running it.
Using debugging.
Getting help in Apache Flex Builder.

Learning Flex Fundamentals
Creating a simple Flex application.
Creating your first Flex application.
Laying out a Flex application with containers.
Adding user interface controls.
Creating bindings between components.
Architecting an application with MXML components.
Creating properties and methods of MXML components.

Handling Events
Understanding events.
Creating event handlers using inline ActionScript.
Using inline ActionScript.
Handling events with ActionScript functions.
Placing ActionScript functions in external files.
Understanding the event object.
Implementing the addEventListener() method.

Using Simple Controls
Getting familiar with Flex controls.
Using the Button control.
Using a CheckBox Control.
Using NumericStepper controls.
Using Text controls.
Displaying images.
Adding simple controls to an application.

Laying Out an Application with Containers
Understanding Containers.
Using the Application container.
Setting an application’s layout.
Using the Panel container.
Using the Form container.
Using the Grid container.
Using Box Containers.
Using the DividedBox container.
Using the Tile container.
Container best practices.
Using the ControlBar container.
Component layout and sizing rules.

Laying out an Application Using Constraint-Based Layout
Understanding absolute positioning.
Positioning components within the Canvas container.
Positioning components inside a Canvas.
Creating a constraint-based layout using Flex Builder.
Creating a constraint-based layout in MXML.
Using constraint-based layouts with nested components.

Using View States for Application Design
Understanding view states.
Creating two states for the Contact page.
Controlling view states.
Reviewing the generated MXML code.
Creating view states that include custom components states.

Creating Application Navigation
Understanding navigator containers.
Using the LinkBar container.
Using the TabBar container.
Using the ViewStack container.
Navigating the Café Townsend application using the ViewStack and TabBar container.
Using the TabNavigator container.
Using the Accordion container.
Using ButtonBar & ToggleButtonBar.
Using the ApplicationControlBar container.

Customizing the Application
Customizing Flex application look and feel.
Using the Styles API to change look-and-feel.
Using theme styles.
Changing the look and feel of the Café Townsend application.
Applying behaviors to components.
Applying transitions to view states.

Using MXML and ActionScript Data Models
Using the MVC design pattern.
Creating an MXML data model.
Using ActionScript classes as a data model.
Instantiating an Object in MXML from an ActionScript class.
Creating an ActionScript constructor with parameters.
Defining class methods.

Exchanging Data Between Components Using Custom Events
Understanding the problem with bindings.
Using a binding to get data from a component.
Creating custom events.
Creating, dispatching and handling a custom event.
Sending data with a custom event.

Retrieving XML Data with HTTPService
Retrieving XML data at runtime.
Handling results.
Retrieving data at runtime with HTTPService.
Handling results using an event handler.
Handling faults.
Making HTTP requests to different domains.

Looping Through Data Using a Repeater
Understanding the Repeater component
Using dataProvider data in repeated controls
Dynamically creating components using a Repeater
Using Repeater data in ActionScript
Referencing repeated components

Displaying Data Using the DataGrid
Using the DataGrid control.
Displaying Simple XML Data in a DataGrid.
Specifying DataGrid columns.
Specifying DataGrid columns.
Formatting DataGrid columns.
Using item renderers and item editors.
Using the TileList and HorizontalList.
Using events and selected items with list-based components.

Virtual Courses

ALL of our courses can be delivered virtually. And our Bath public schedule of courses are now available as live virtual sessions, using the popular Zoom Virtual Classroom and remote labs. Delegates can test their access at: www.zoom.us/test

On-Site Courses

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