Adobe's open source programming framework, Flex SDK, combined with Flash Builder (formerly named Flex Builder) simplifies and streamlines the process for building rich internet applications, or RIAs. Author David Gassner explores the newest release of this powerful toolset in Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4 Essential Training, explaining critical information for developers who are upgrading from Flex 3, but also for those who are new to RIA development. The course culminates in the development of a complete application, integrated with a PHP application server and a MySQL database. Exercise files accompany the course.
Understanding the history of Adobe Flex
Installing the Flash Builder components
Using Eclipse views and editors
Programming with MXML and integrating MXML and ActionScript
Debugging Flex applications
Adding visual controls to a Flex application interface