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Provides experienced application developers with hands-on, practical experience using Flex. Introduces developers to all the primary features of Flex needed to build a well architected front end for a Rich Internet Application (RIA).

Course Outline
Flex 2: Developing Rich Internet Client Applications provides experienced application developers with hands-on, practical experience using Flex. This three day 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).

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Use Flex Builder 2 to quickly develop rich internet applications
  • Create highly interactive forms with data validation
  • Read and write information from/to a database
  • Customize the interactivity of your application using Actionscript 3.0
  • Understand how to build robust, highly scalable rich internet applications using a model-view-controller framework

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introducing Adobe Flex 2

  • Understanding rich Internet applications
  • Introducing the Adobe Flex 2product line
  • The foundation of the RIA: Flash Player/Flash Virtual Machine
  • Understanding the Flex application process flow
  • Getting help and other resources
  • Exploring the course application
Unit 2: Getting Started with Flex Builder 2
  • Understanding the relationship between Eclipse and Flex Builder 2
  • Exploring the Flex Builder 2 interface
  • Creating a project and your first application
  • Creating a main application page and running it
  • Using debugging
  • Getting help in Adobe Flex Builder 2
Unit 3: 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
Unit 4: 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
Unit 5: 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
Unit 6: 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
Unit 7: 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 2
  • Creating a constraint-based layout in MXML
  • Using constraint-based layouts with nested components
Unit 8: 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
Unit 9: 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
Unit 10: 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
Unit 11: 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
Unit 12: 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
Unit 13: 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
Unit 14: 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
Unit 15: 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

Prerequisites & Certificates

This course is designed for application developers who want to bring the power of Rich Internet Applications to their web applications. To gain the most from this class, you should: * Be familiar with an object oriented programming language such as Java or C++. * Be familiar with XML terminology.

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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