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Flash Builder 4 Data Wizard for HTTP Services – A love story in 1 act

Dear Reader,

Disclosure: I work with Blue Parabola, Adobe is a customer of Blue Parabola.

If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed that I recently published a series of articles over on phparch.com discussing the new Data Connection Wizard for PHP that Adobe has built into Flash Builder 4. While I am not a great fan of Wizards in general, I recognize that there is a segment of the developer population that does like them so I respect that and try not to run screaming from the room every time I see someone using one.
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Flash Builder 4 and packaging

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I am currently teaching a class for php|architect and Adobe, “Rich Internet Applications with Flex and PHP“. Today, one of the topics we covered was packaging classes. I was demonstrating how easy it was to create packages in Flash Builder 4 and going along nicely using my slides when a student asked a question.

“Why doesn’t it actually create the sub packages for me? Do I need to do that myself?”

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A Flex 3 custom events primer

Dear Reader,

I am a web developer. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve done serious desktop application development. So when I fire up Flex Builder to write my first AIR application, it takes a while for things to start coming back to me. One of the things that is only now starting to come back is Event Driven Programming.

This past week I decided to start working on a small project to scratch a personal itch. The project itself fizzled but I learned something none-the-less. I learned how to create custom events in Flex 3.

The project required selecting a file for processing. Flex 3 has a control for actually opening the dialog box and selecting the file but no control that shows the button and the selected file name.

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