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This two-day course is designed to equip experienced Adobe® Flex™ developers with the skills needed to develop robust desktop applications using Adobe AIR™.

Course Outline
This course is designed to equip experienced Adobe® Flex™ developers with the skills needed to develop robust desktop applications using Adobe AIR™.

  • Lesson 1 - Introducing the course
    • Introducing Mastery Learning
    • Understanding the course format
    • Reviewing the course prerequisites
    • Reviewing the course outline
  • Lesson 2 - Introducing Adobe AIR
    • Exploring the Adobe AIR development toolset
    • Understanding the runtime application
    • Understanding the Adobe AIR SDK
    • Looking at Adobe Flex Builder™ 3
    • Reviewing the Adobe AIR tools for Flex Builder 3
    • Creating Adobe AIR projects
    • Exporting Adobe AIR applications
    • Walkthrough: Review the course application
  • Lesson 3 - Getting started with Adobe AIR
    • Creating your first Adobe AIR application
    • Creating an Adobe AIR project
    • Creating a main application
    • Compiling an Adobe AIR application
    • Running an Adobe AIR application
    • Walkthrough: Create an Adobe AIR application
    • Packaging and deploying applications
    • Exporting an application
    • Code-signing an application
    • Selecting application content
    • Installing an application
    • Walkthrough: Export and install application
    • Learning Adobe AIR fundamentals
    • Understanding the application container
    • Exploring the Adobe AIR file format
    • Understanding the application descriptor
    • Understanding the application display attributes
    • Walkthrough: Examine the Adobe AIR package and change its descriptor
    • Getting help and other resources
  • Lesson 4 - Creating native windows
    • Creating a window
    • Using the Window class
    • Adding content to a window
    • Walkthrough: Create, open, and close a native window
    • Modifying the window display
    • Changing the window type
    • Changing the window chrome
    • Setting window transparency
    • Going full screen
    • Walkthrough: Control chrome, transparency, and full screen
    • Manipulating windows
    • Getting an instance of the window
    • Resizing a window
    • Moving a window
    • Walkthrough: Maximize, minimize, restore, and move a window
    • Using window events
    • Identifying the window events
    • Walkthrough: Control window behavior through event listeners
  • Lesson 5 - Using the file system
    • Using the File class
    • Creating directories
    • Walkthrough: Creating directories and files
    • Moving and copying file system objects
    • Deleting file system objects
    • Walkthrough: Copy, move, and delete file objects
    • Using the Flex 3 Adobe AIR components
    • Reviewing the component types
    • Walkthrough: Use file browsing and display components
    • Using file streams
    • Creating directories
    • Reading and writing files
    • Walkthrough: Read and write to a text file
    • Working with file formats
    • Using binary and encoded characters
    • Walkthrough: Read, modify, and write a binary file to the desktop
  • Lesson 6 - Connecting applications
    • Communicating between applications
    • Using LocalConnection
    • Walkthrough: Connect to another Adobe AIR application
    • Communicating with the browser
    • Using the URLRequest class
    • Walkthrough: Interact with a remote service via URL
    • Using HTML content
    • Loading HTML content
    • Walkthrough: Load HTML into an Adobe AIR application
    • Getting occasionally connected
    • Monitoring services
    • Detecting HTTP connectivity
    • Detecting Socket connectivity
    • Walkthrough: Add network detection
  • Lesson 7 - Using the clipboard
    • Moving data with copy and paste
    • Using the clipboard
    • Getting data from the clipboard
    • Writing data to the clipboard
    • Walkthrough: Moving data with copy and paste
    • Using drag and drop
    • Exploring the drag-and-drop stages
    • Dragging with the clipboard
    • Walkthrough: Drag an image into the application
  • Lesson 8 - Persisting application data
    • Using embedded SQL databases
    • Understanding the database file
    • Opening a database
    • Creating a database
    • Walkthrough: Create a new database
    • Using SQL statements
    • Managing the database
    • Managing the data
    • Using best practices with embedded databases
    • Walkthrough: Update database and records
    • Working with data types
    • Using Date data
    • Using XML data
    • Using BLOB data
    • Walkthrough: Use date/time and BLOB data
  • Lesson 9 - Understanding Adobe AIR security
    • Considering Adobe AIR security
    • Learning about security sandboxes
    • Understanding the domain considerations
    • Detecting Adobe AIR capabilities
    • Understanding the security best practices
    • Walkthrough: Add capability detection
  • Lesson 10 - Customizing application deployment
    • Setting the application's desktop icon
    • Using application icons
    • Walkthrough: Add icon to application
    • Setting system tray notifications
    • Using the shell
    • Using the system tray
    • Walkthrough: Add a system tray icon
    • Customizing application chrome
    • Understanding application chrome
    • Walkthrough: Change application chrome
    • Creating a seamless installer
    • Adding the installer
    • Demo: Review the badging process
    • Summary and review

Prerequisites & Certificates

To gain the most from this class, you should: * Have attended Flex 2: Developing Rich Client Applications OR * Have equivalent experience developing Flex 2 client applications

Certificates offered

Certificate of completion and course manual are provided.

Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation/reschedule policy requires notification at least 10 business days before the class start date for a full refund. Please note that you are responsible for notifying NTG of your inability to attend class or you will be invoiced for the full payment.

Should you need to cancel in less than 10 business days before the start of the class, you will be given a 100% credit towards a future class that must be taken within 6 months of the start of the original class. If you are not able to reschedule to a future class, you will be charged 50% of the upfront registration fee.

Classes are subject to cancellation by NTG up to two weeks prior to the class date. It is important to keep this in mind before you purchase a non-refundable airline ticket.

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I liked the pace and the "teach then try" style that was used. It was engaging, we weren't listening to long sets of info then trying to remember it and it made the day fly by. I also retained more as I was instantly engaged with trying the skills myself.
Reviewed by 2016
Todd McCall is a passionate, well-informed and thoughtful instructor. His course exceeded my training needs and his commitment to experiential learning is superb! I will definitely take another class if he is the instructor.
Reviewed by 2014
Andrew was a great instructor!
Reviewed by 2014
Good course, absolutely satisfied
Reviewed by 2013
This was a good course to learn the essentials of Captivate as a software program.
Reviewed by 2012
The instructor was great and followed the curriculum as per Adobe's book but Dreamweaver is a beast of a software with a high learning curve. I found that this course just scratched the surface and taught me the basics and that I would need more practice and learning to create a simple website with ease. This is not a criticism of the course really but I felt I would personally benefit from a slightly slower pace and an extra day. I didn't know that at the time as I seemed to follow the instructor's instructions well and it seemed to make sense in the classroom but once I got home I felt a little stuck!
Reviewed by 2011

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