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Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4 Bible

ISBN: 978-0-470-48895-9
1056 pages
April 2010
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A complete and thorough reference for developers on the new Flex 4 platform

Create desktop applications that behave identically on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with Adobe's new Flash Builder 4 platform and this in-depth guide. The book's tutorials and explanations walk you step-by-step through Flash Builder's new, faster tools; the new framework for generating code; how to connect to popular application servers; upgrading from Flex 3; and much more.

  • Shows you how to create rich applications for the Web and desktop with the very latest version of Flex, with detailed coverage for both new and veteran Flex application developers
  • Walks you through Flex basics; upgrading from Flex 3; how to create desktop applications with AIR; and integrating Flex applications with the most popular application servers, including ColdFusion, ASP.NET, and PHP
  • Includes extensive code samples of common tasks that you can use to jump-start your development projects

Flex your development muscles with the Flex 4 and this comprehensive guide.

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Table of Contents

Preface xxiii

Acknowledgments xxvii

Part I: Flex Fundamentals 1

Chapter 1: About Flex 4 3

Chapter 2: Using Flash Builder 4 31

Chapter 3: Building a Basic Flex Application 73

Chapter 4: Understanding the Anatomy of a Flex Application 99

Chapter 5: Using Bindings and Components 135

Chapter 6: Debugging Flex Applications 167

Chapter 7: Working with Events 207

Part II: Designing Flex Applications 247

Chapter 8: Using Flex Visual Controls 249

Chapter 9: Working with Text 287

Chapter 10: Using Layout Containers 311

Chapter 11: Using Cascading Style Sheets 341

Chapter 12: Controlling Animation and Working with Drag and Drop 371

Chapter 13: Managing View States 399

Chapter 14: Declaring Graphics with MXML and FXG 419

Chapter 15: Skinning Spark Components 443

Chapter 16: Managing Application Navigation 469

Chapter 17: Working with Pop-up Windows 503

Part III: Working with Data 531

Chapter 18: Modeling and Managing Data 533

Chapter 19: Using List Controls 571

Chapter 20: Using Advanced List Controls 603

Chapter 21: Using the Flex Charting Controls 647

Chapter 22: Working with Data Entry Forms 675

Chapter 23: Working with HTTPService and XML 707

Chapter 24: Managing XML with E4X 749

Part IV: Integrating Flex Applications with Application Servers 775

Chapter 25: Working with SOAP-Based Web Services 777

Chapter 26: Integrating Flex Applications with BlazeDS and Java 807

Chapter 27: Using the Message Service with BlazeDS 849

Chapter 28: Integrating Flex Applications with ColdFusion 873

Chapter 29: Integrating Flex Applications with PHP 911

Part V: Additional Subjects 939

Chapter 30: Localizing Flex 4 Applications 941

Chapter 31: Deploying Desktop Applications with Adobe AIR 955

Index 983

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Author Information

David Gassner is the President of Bardo Technical Services, an Adobe Solutions Network Training Provider. He holds Adobe developer certifications in Flex, AIR, ColdFusion, Flash, and Dreamweaver. He is the author of Flex 3 Bible (Wiley) and of technical training videos from lynda.com on Adobe Flex, AIR, ColdFusion, and Dreamweaver. He is also a regular contributor to Adobe Systems' Certified Courseware for Flex.
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