Chapter 4. Spark containers, view states, effects, and styling

In this chapter, we’ll dive deeper into Spark and into Flex 4 in general. You’ll learn how to use Spark containers and layouts—we’ve already seen them throughout the book, but it will be good to spend a bit of time discussing them. Then, we’ll talk about view states, which are much improved in Flex 4—and which are much more necessary, since there’s no Spark equivalent of the Halo navigator containers, as you’ll see in the next chapter. Next we’ll explore basic effects and CSS styling, and conclude the chapter by peeking behind the MXML curtain to view the code Flex generates for us and some of the events dispatched in the Spark component lifecycle.

Note that in a longer book, each ...

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