Chapter 14. Flash Builder 4 and the Flex Framework
IN THIS CHAPTER
Understanding the Flex framework
Flash Builder 4
Creating a Flex project
Understanding Flex 4
Flash Catalyst CS5 is designed to provide an easy way to create the front-end or user interface for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). It is not designed as a solution for creating complete applications, however. Most applications require a significant amount of programming to add advanced interactions and connect to server-side resources. The task of finishing the project will need to be handled with programming in the Flex Framework, most often via Flash Builder 4.
The Flex Framework
Flex is an open-source framework for creating RIAs that will run in Flash Player or on the desktop via the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). Flex applications are created using a combination of two languages:
MXML is an XML-based markup language. Flex applications use it primarily to define the visual aspects of the project. Most of the coding created by Catalyst is MXML.
As an XML-based ...