AdvancED Flex Application Development: Building Rich Media X by Chris Charlton, R Blank, Omar Gonzalez, Hasan Otuome

By Chris Charlton, R Blank, Omar Gonzalez, Hasan Otuome

Many Flex books disguise the basics—this publication does whatever various, and is going some distance extra. The authors, top Flash platform builders at Almer/Blank, operating with Adobe person team groups, are the creators of the wealthy Media alternate (RMX), a social media community for Adobe builders. In masking simply how the RMX used to be equipped, this publication comprises the entire wisdom you want to construct comparable large-scale wealthy net purposes with Adobe Flex.

From the inception of the assumption via to deployment, the authors express the strategies had to plan and construct complex functions. you are going to how you can use varieties, kinds, validators, video, sound research, and framework caching, making sure you are making the main of the good points brought in Flex 3.

Powerful functions require strong again ends. This publication exhibits how one can hook up a Flex software to personal home page back-end platforms akin to Drupal and OpenAds. you will find out how quite a few components of the RMX have been equipped, together with the blogs, occasion calendar, jobs board, and advertisements system—elements that come jointly to truly show off the facility of Flex.

The RMX is equipped through Adobe builders for Adobe developers—a lucrative group dating that promises effects. an identical spirit is carried into this publication, with the authors short of and assisting to take you to the subsequent point of Flash software development.

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That is, our front page functions best and provides the highest-quality experience to our members when it delivers information on upcoming events and good blog posts from members of our community. So, adminlevel users may promote any event to the front page and make it sticky (so it remains there until the stickiness is removed), and they may give certain of their member bloggers front page posting rights so they can contribute to the main community landing. 27 CHAPTER 2 In addition, we provide gutters with the ability to link to RSS feeds so that the group front page may include more customized and frequently updated information—for instance, a list of the most recent forum posts or the MXNA feed (the legacy-named Macromedia XML News Aggregator).

So, if I’m an infrequent blogger, and no one checks my blog, how would others on the RMX find my blog posts? This feeds into the next issue, front pages. Front pages Every web site needs a front page, of course, and the front page of an RMX partner group site should reflect the dynamic content-producing nature of the communities they serve and represent—that’s what makes any social network exciting. Front pages of communities need to update constantly, or else they appear stale. The front page of an RMX partner group is an opportunity to present the most important and highest quality information immediately to visitors, both regular members and anonymous guests.

Flex comes with these essential UI components, as well as additional ones to assist in laying out content. Flex also makes it incredibly simple to create your own custom components out of these components and has robust CSS support, making it quite easy to style your Flash applications and even consume the same CSS files that you might use elsewhere on your web site. The Flex framework is free. You can download the Flex framework command-line compiler for Windows and create your own Flex applications for no cost.

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