AdvancED Flex Application Development: Building Rich Media X by Chris Charlton, R Blank, Omar Gonzalez, Hasan Otuome

By Chris Charlton, R Blank, Omar Gonzalez, Hasan Otuome

Many Flex books conceal the basics—this booklet does whatever varied, and is going some distance additional. The authors, best Flash platform builders at Almer/Blank, operating with Adobe consumer workforce groups, are the creators of the wealthy Media trade (RMX), a social media community for Adobe builders. In masking simply how the RMX used to be outfitted, this publication includes the entire wisdom you want to construct comparable large-scale wealthy net purposes with Adobe Flex.

From the inception of the belief via to deployment, the authors convey the recommendations had to plan and construct complex purposes. you will find out how to use kinds, types, validators, video, sound research, and framework caching, making sure you are making the main of the good points brought in Flex 3.

Powerful functions require stable again ends. This ebook exhibits find out how to hook up a Flex software to Hypertext Preprocessor back-end structures corresponding to Drupal and OpenAds. you will find out how numerous elements of the RMX have been outfitted, together with the blogs, occasion calendar, jobs board, and ads system—elements that come jointly to actually show off the ability of Flex.

The RMX is outfitted by way of Adobe builders for Adobe developers—a worthwhile group dating that promises effects. an analogous spirit is carried into this booklet, with the authors short of and aiding to take you to the subsequent point of Flash program development.

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But then Omar might watch that video two days later and think of another keyword that should be applied to the content to improve its searchability and indexability in the system. For the lack of better terms, we call these creator tagging and user tagging. Because tagging is a content-specific technique, and content on the RMX is of different types (for instance, a video is materially different from a job posting), we apply tagging in different ways to different types of content. For instance, jobs must be tagged from a predefined list—ensuring posts are indexed according to a rigid, established, and easily searchable set of tags—so we apply a networkwide jobs taxonomy to be used when creating and searching for job postings.

When you are building something like a game or a richly designed movie web site, the lines are much blurrier, and you must approach such 13 CHAPTER 1 projects on a case-by-case basis, evaluating the functional and design requirements of the project as well as your skill-sets and those of your team. Does it use components heavily? This, too, may seem to be an obvious question—Flex is a component-driven environment, so it’s clear that your application should also be component heavy. But adopting components may mean more than you think.

Because the XML file conforms to an existing RSS standard (there are actually a few, and it is possible to be compatible with all of them in the same feed), it can be consumed by a wide variety of RSS reading applications, including Firefox and Safari. Indeed, the practice known as podcasting involves a customized RSS feed that includes a link to an MP3 file that your podcasting playing software (such as iTunes) will automatically download. RSS is a pull technology, meaning updates to the feed aren’t pushed to users; instead, the users’ RSS reader will periodically ping the feed to see if there are updates.

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