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Flex Programming Tips of the Week 0807c

Posted by Charles | July 19, 2008 .

It’s a busy week.

Flex/Flash/Maya 3D UI Button ControlsLive Example – As I said before, Flex is a great tool for bridging developers and creative designers. Here is an example by Joya Moore. He didn’t give out too much details but the result is just amazing.

Create a SkinnableComponent in Flex 4 – If the whole skin thing gets your attention after playing the above example, then here you can learn how it will be done with Flex 4. I’m not sure I like the way he uses the skin the way does what he does but the techniques are there.

A flex Development Process – Flex is not just a toy or tool for creating eye candy for your boss. Sooner or later, if you claim to be a Flex developer, there will be a large serious project waiting for you to tackle. Then, you’d wish you have a system in place to get it done. The thing is that you can’t take on a large project by yourself. You need collaborate with others. That’s hard, isn’t it? Dudes here did their share of Flex development and like to start sharing their process. Let’s give them a round of applause.

Flex Builder Redux – Size doesn’t matter for tips. Small tip like this could provide valuable help during your crazy code generating time. Just hold Control key (win) or Command (mac) and mouse over the MXML tag and see what you will get.

Model Adapters – A binding Pattern – Marc give a very details on how he used the adapter pattern to allow data model serves different views. I recommend serious Flex developers read this seriously. When code gets complicate and the app jammed with data and views, states, etc., you need a way (a plan) to handle it consistently. The adapter approach is a very nice way to utilizing the Flex build-in event mechanism to separate data, data filters and views. Good job, Marc!

Color Illusion Component in Flex – After some serious programming like above Marc did, we need have some fun too. Sherif Abdou gives us the fun with this color illusion component. Fun indeed.

A Suggested Cairngorm Based Modular Architecture – We love frameworks, we hate frameworks and we live with frameworks. Harry Vikatos of Flex888.com here gives a shot on Cairngorm with a very good approach to allow you develop a modular Flex application without being hurt by Cairngorm’s singleton architecture. BTW, the number one reason I don’t like Cairngorm is because I can never properly pronounce the name of it. Just you know.

Custom Icon in DropDown – Anything gives visual assistance would be helpful to a data driven application. How about adding icon to a dropdown list. Here you got it.

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