Flex 4.5 and PHP: Creating Data-Driven Applications

with Drew Falkman
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Flex 4.5 and PHP: Creating Data-Driven Applications
Video duration: 0s 3h 36m Intermediate


This course teaches developers how to integrate Flex applications with PHP-based data services. Author Drew Falkman demonstrates retrieving XML data from a PHP server with HTTPService, connecting PHP classes to Flex using the amfPHP, WebOrb and ZendAMF adapters, and using the PHP data wizards in Flash Builder to save development time. The course also previews the Zend Studio IDE bundled with Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP and covers advanced topics such as setting up Flex mobile projects and changing servers at run time.

Topics include:
  • Understanding session management
  • Accessing RESTful services
  • Customizing service calls by passing parameters
  • Handling raw XML and JSON data
  • Exposing a PHP class as a Flex service
  • Generating PHP services with Flash Builder
  • Debugging in Flash Builder and Zend Studio
  • Exchanging data from PHP to Flex and back
  • Building a Master-Detail page
  • Implementing pagination
  • Creating a synchronized database in AIR
  • Using server-side session data
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Flash Builder Flex


Hi! I am Drew Falkman. Welcome to Flex 4.5 and PHP: Creating Data-Driven Applications. In this course, I am going to show you how to use Flash Builder 4.5 to integrate Flex and PHP. Flex allows us to build powerful rich client applications that can run in Flash player, on the desktop, and now on mobile devices. One of the best features of Flex is its ability to talk to virtually any server-side technology. In this course, we are going to look at how specifically to integrate PHP services and scripts.

We will look at all the powerful WYSIWYG tools and wizards that come with Flash Builder 4.5. We will look at how to use them to generate server code, client-side proxy classes, value objects, and how to integrate all these into our applications. We will also preview Zend Studio, which is now bundled with the Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP. We will explore some of its features, including how to use the Debugger to seamlessly debug Flex and PHP simultaneously. As both a Flex and PHP developer, I will show you how all these tools can help you with your development.

Let's get started integrating Flex and PHP.

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