If you happen to be one of the lucky few who are able to attend 360Flex, you should have already received a very special gift – the inaugural issue of Flex Authority!
This new technical journal will appeal to Flex and AIR developers of all skill levels. From feature articles to ongoing series, the Flex Authority has everything you need to become an authority of everything Flex and AIR.
However, for the many more who were not able to attend 360Flex I would like to provide for you a brief preview of the kind of quality content you can find in this issue.
The following excerpts are copyright (c) 2008 by respective authors and licensed to House of Fusion for use, and are reprinted with permission.
The Beginner’s Corner: Building Your First AIR Application With Flex
by Shannon Hicks
Welcome to the first issue of Flex Authority. I’ll be writing for The Beginner’s Corner, where those just starting out with Flex will find great walkthroughs on everything Flex and AIR. Today, we’re talking about your first AIR application. Adobe AIR is a runtime that lets us use our existing knowledge of Flex, Flash and/or AJAX to build desktop applications. These applications can then run on either Windows or OS X without a need for multiple code bases. At the time of this edition, AIR for Linux is in public alpha.
Working With Yahoo Maps Part I
by Brian Dunphy
Welcome to the first in a series of articles, Working with Yahoo! Maps. In these articles, I will outline key concepts in the creation of Yahoo! Maps applications using Flex. This particular article will walk through getting an API key, configuring Flex Builder to work with the Yahoo! Maps component, setting up the mapping component within a Flex application and finally adding a basic marker to the screen.
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To Be Or Not To Be… Online That Is
by Theo E. Rushin Jr.
Adobe’s newest runtime takes us from the browser to the desktop. Flex, Flash, and even HTML/Ajax developers can take advantage of the power of the operating system to build and deploy applications that run on the system’s desktop. To some of us who started in client-server development, it’s a return trip back to the desktop.
How can my desktop Flex/Flash/HTML/Ajax application still access my server-side and internet-based resources? Fortunately Adobe answered that question by providing the developer with classes that enable him to build in the ability to sense changes in network connectivity and take appropriate action.
In order to properly implement an architecture that would give an application that ability, we need to attack the problem on three fronts:
Get your copy of Flex Authority and you’ll see what I mean.