Training course outlines and descriptions

Flex 3: Developing Rich Internet Applications (5 days)

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Flex 3: Developing Rich Internet Applications is a combination of two courses:

This five 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). Students will also gain hands-on, practical experience connecting their Flex client applications to remote, dynamic data using LiveCycle Data Services. You will connect with remote data using web services and LiveCycle Data Services' features allowing communication with a Java based server environment. In addition, skills will be learned how to manipulate and format the returned data.


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.

Course outline

Introducing Flex 3: Developing Rich Client Applications

    • Introducing Mastery Learning
    • Understanding the Course Format
    • Reviewing the course prerequisites
    • Reviewing the course outline
    • Setting up the application files

Introducing Adobe Flex 3

  • Understanding rich Internet applications
  • Understanding Adobe Flex
  • Understanding Adobe Flex Builder
  • Understanding the foundation of the RIA: Flash Player/Flash Virtual Machine
  • Understanding the Flex application process flow
  • Accessing remote data resources from a Flex application
  • Getting help and other resources

Getting Started with Flex

  • Understanding the relationship between Eclipse and Flex Builder
  • Exploring the Flex Builder interface
  • Creating a project and your first application
  • Debugging a Flex application
  • Accessing help in Adobe Flex Builder

Learning Flex Fundamentals

  • Creating a simple Flex application
  • Displaying images
  • Laying out a Flex application with containers
  • Using the Panel container
  • Using the ControlBar container
  • Adding user interface controls
  • Creating data bindings between components
  • Architecting an application with MXML components
  • Creating properties and methods for MXML components

Handling Events

  • Understanding events
  • Creating event handlers using inline ActionScript
  • Handling events within ActionScript functions
  • Placing ActionScript functions in external files
  • Understanding the Event object
  • Using the addEventListener() method

Laying out an Application Using Constraint-Based Layout

  • Understanding absolute positioning
  • Positioning components within a Canvas container
  • Creating a constraint-based layout using Flex Builder
  • Creating a constraint-based layout via MXML
  • Using Enhanced Constraints
  • Using constraint-based layouts within nested containers

Using View States for Application Design

  • Understanding view states
  • Controlling view states
  • Reviewing the generated MXML code
  • Creating view states that include custom component states

Creating Application Navigation

  • Understanding navigator containers and controls
  • Using the LinkBar control
  • Using the TabBar control
  • Using the ViewStack container
  • Using the TabNavigator container
  • Using the Accordion container
  • Using ButtonBar & ToggleButtonBar
  • Using the ApplicationControlBar container

Customizing the Application

  • Customizing Flex application look and feel
  • Modifying Styles to change look-and-feel
  • Using Themes
  • Applying behaviors to components
  • Applying transitions to view state changes

Using ActionScript Data Models

  • Using the MVC design pattern
  • Creating an MXML data model
  • Using ActionScript classes as a data model
  • Creating an ActionScript constructor with parameters
  • Defining class methods

Exchanging Data Between Components Using Custom Events

  • Understanding the problem with bindings
  • Creating custom events
  • Sending data with a custom event

Creating Data Entry Forms

  • Using the Form container
  • Sharing Form Data
  • Validating form data
  • Triggering validation with events
  • Triggering validation with ActionScript

Retrieving XML Data with HTTPService

  • Retrieving XML data at runtime
  • Handling results
  • Handling results using an event handler
  • Handling faults
  • Making HTTP requests to different domains
  • Making HTTP requests with parameters

Displaying Data Using the DataGrid

  • Using the DataGrid control
  • Specifying DataGrid columns
  • Formatting DataGrid columns
  • Using item renderers and item editors
  • Inline item renderers and item editors
  • Item renderer and item editor components
  • Using the TileList and HorizontalList
  • Using events and selected items with list-based components

Accessing Web Services

  • Using web services
  • Invoking web service methods and using the results
  • Handling results using an event handler
  • Walkthrough 2: Using a result event
  • Handling faults
  • Calling multiple methods from the same WebService object
  • Passing Parameters to Web Services
  • Importing Web Services in Flex Builder

Introduction to LiveCycle Data Services ES

  • Introducing LiveCycle Data Services ES
  • Installing LiveCycle Data Services
  • Creating a Flex application for use with LiveCycle Data Services
  • Understanding the Server Compilation Process
  • LiveCycle Data Services Features
  • The Proxy Service
  • The Proxy Service Default Destination
  • Named Proxy Service Destinations
  • Using BlazeDS

Using Java Classes with the Remoting Service

  • Understanding the Remoting Service
  • Handling RPC Events
  • Complex Remote Method Calls
  • Exchanging Data between ActionScript and Java
  • Handling Server-Side Exceptions
  • Remoting Service Runtime Configuration

Managing Data on the Client

  • Understanding collection classes
  • Filtering data on the client
  • Sorting data on the client
  • Using the IViewCursor interface

Using the Message Service

  • Introducing the Message Service
  • Sending Messages
  • Receiving and Processing Messages
  • Sending and Receiving Complex Data

Using the Data Management Service

  • What is the Flex Data Management Service?
  • Data Management Service Architecture
  • Changing Data
  • Managing Pending Changes
  • Using Data Management Service Events
  • Advanced Data Management Service Features

Providing XML to Controls with E4X

  • Understanding XML structure
  • Working with XML data in ActionScript 3
  • Using E4X Expressions
  • Using the Tree control
  • Using Tree Control Events and Properties
  • Using E4X Expressions for Search
  • Removing Items from XML

Uploading Files to a Server

  • Implementing file transfer basics
  • Uploading a file