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So You Want to Learn Flex (I)

Posted by Moxie Zhang | December 14, 2005 .

Finally I come back again. Too busy in getting several Flex projects out of doors. But believe me, I didn’t keep my head down. I am watching the RIA expanding rapidly. I’m reading the conventional media when they are catching up and playing the buzz word ‘RIA’. I am laughing at the war between AJAX and Flex camp. I see developers walking around and wondering, “what’s up with the whole Flex thing!” I’m imagining a bunch of developers typing in the keywords, RIA or Flex into google and trying to get on the RIA ride. I’m surprised that Google brings my sleeping flex site to 6/10 PageRank. Need more proves of a big thing is coming, or is landed?

So, you want to learn Flex?

I call out all flexers. let’s make some roadmaps for whoever wants to learn Flex. Some may say there are plenty of resources already, go digging. But I’ll argue for my dear flexer-wana-bes, “yes dude, but where should I start with?”

Now I turn my head to my dear eager and frustrated flexer-wana-bes. First my friend, who are you?

So today Let’s figure out all the starting point for our Learning Flex Roadmap – So You Want To Learn Flex.

  • J2EE Developers
  • .Net (Windows) Developers
  • Opensource Web Developers
  • Flash Media Designers
  • Flash Application Developers
  • die-hard ColdFusion Developers
  • All-in-one developers
  • None GUI System Developers
  • programmer-wana-bes (gona be hard, but I’ll give it a try)

Are there more distinguished groups of people we want list them here? As you may figure, the roadmaps are really for those who will do the coding and create Flex application with bare hands. For those who will not get hands dirty, just visiting Macromedia will do.

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18 Comments so far
  1. Jarrod  December 14, 2005 4:33 am

    A Flex roadmap would be wonderful. I’m a ColdFusion developer who doesn’t know much about working with Flash or ActionScript, but I’m more than willing to learn.

  2. brian leroux  December 14, 2005 4:41 am

    I’d say I fit into the All-in-one category. J2EE and CF background. Working in open source and .NET technologies today. I’ve always been a flash guy.

  3. Mark Fuqua  December 14, 2005 8:38 am

    I too would like to learn Flex. My coding skills are weak. Would it be possible for your roadmap to use Flex Builder and Flex 2.0 and Actionscript 3.0? Would it also be possible to start out with things like states, which seem easier in Flex 2.0 and slowly add interactivity, creating more complex actions on top of simple ones?

  4. Baris  December 15, 2006 8:12 am

    I’d like to learn FLEX. I have downloaded some documents from Adobe’s website, and run some little applications.
    Also digged Flex Shopping Sample from ADOBE’s. but it is so complex for a beginner… So confused and need a real help…
    Thanx from Turkey

  5. prashanth  July 24, 2007 4:47 am

    i’d love to learn this tool.can someone help me on this?
    i work on speach,ivr related plateforms

  6. Suzanne Lorant  February 1, 2008 6:15 am

    I fall into your last category:programmer wanna-be. I don’t really aspire to be a programmer in general, but I’m captivated by the potential of this medium. We have been developing the concepts for some applications that we would like to be able to implement flexibly in our own department, and to do that, I may need to learn Flex. I’m highly motivated to learn enough to implement these applications and ideally to teach some of my colleagues too.

  7. Prabodh  February 21, 2008 9:15 am

    i am .net developer and i want to learn flex i dont knw abc of flex please help me out

  8. Camphortree  March 7, 2008 11:02 am

    hi Prabodh,hello every one ,flex is amazing.i’m from china,and i worked with flex/flash/actionscrit a long i just wanna make some friends who wanna learn flex,but my english is not good,so you teaching me english,and i’ll help you to learn flex in return.i’m waiting for you!
    my msn
    my email

  9. Charles  March 8, 2008 3:13 pm

    Thanks for visiting this site. I’m sure we can work out something around languages and Flex:-)

  10. Priyabrata  March 10, 2008 5:49 am


    I am Flash Media Designer. I’m very much keen to learn, but so confussed where to start and how to play with flex.

    Please help me.

  11. one-dot  April 18, 2008 1:44 am

    i just have learned falsh actionScript 2.0 before
    i want to learn flex now

  12. Stanyul  June 26, 2008 12:04 pm

    I’m a designer and enjoy working in flash but I want to know how shit works through coding so I can be a one stop shop. I know it won’t be easy, since I know nothing of Flex but I want to learn. When/where do I get started?

  13. padmavathi  August 29, 2008 6:23 am

    i want to learn flex.

  14. hitendra  October 9, 2008 11:04 pm


    I am Flash Media Designer.
    want to learn flex
    Please help me.

  15. Craig  December 3, 2008 3:04 pm

    Here’s a new resource on the Adobe Developer Connection for learning Flex, the Flex Learning Paths:

    …for folks who want to get started. It’s optimized for different types of learners: designers, programmers, architects, and managers.

  16. Vaibhav  April 9, 2009 12:23 am


    I would end up in the last category,Have some skill of programming in VB.
    Guide me with the RoadMap of Learning FLEX language.I am very much eager for learning the same and implement in my organisation.
    Thanks in advance

  17. saravanan  October 25, 2009 12:25 am

    i have little knowledge in .Net (Windows) Developers ,
    now wanted to learn flex, i saw the many flex applicatons,those developers are really great,
    I need some help to start flex..what the basic things need to learn,,plz help in this

  18. sirisha  July 21, 2010 11:53 am

    I want to learn flex and I have the knowledge of java and me in learning flex


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