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Foundation Flex for Developers

Data-Driven Applications with PHP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, and LCDS

By Sas Jacobs

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Explore in detail how to create professional data-centric Flex applications, using a variety of back-end technologies.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-59059-894-8
  • 600 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: December 16, 2007
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • Print Book Price: $46.99
  • eBook Price: $32.99
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Flex is a very powerful and versatile technology for creating web application front-ends. But what every good web application needs is a robust data source, be it XML, or a database. Flex is very adaptable in terms of connecting to data sources, and that is the main focus of this book.

In Foundation Flex for Developers, author Sas Jacobs assumes that you've got the basics of Flex down already, and explores in detail how to create professional data-centric Flex 2 and Flex 3 applications. In the first half of the book, she starts off with a brief exploration of Flex and ActionScript 3.0, before looking at application essentials in detail—creating custom components, user and web browser interactions, binding, formatting, and validating data, debugging, and more.

In the second half of the book, the focus is on connecting Flex to data sources, and covers XML, LiveCycle Data Services, PHP, ASP.NET, and ColdFusion in detail, via a series of step-by-step case studies.

  • Covers Flex application basics
  • Covers connecting Flex 2 and Flex 3 to a variety of Data Sources
  • Includes several complete case studies

What you’ll learn

  • How to create custom components
  • How to handle user and web browser interactions
  • How to debug Flex 2 applications
  • How to bind, format, and validate data
  • How to load and write external content
  • The essentials of XML, and working with it in Flex 2, including E4X
  • The essentials of Flex Data Services
  • How to build up data-driven Flex 2 applications with PHP, ASP.NET, and ColdFusion backends

Who this book is for

This book is for any Flex developer who knows the basics of building Flex user interfaces, and wants to learn how to connect their applications to data sources.

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