Create a Flex component
Master the Adobe Flex rendering engine
From the developerWorks archives
Date archived: January 4, 2017 | First published: July 28, 2009
Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) strive to bring the interactivity, responsiveness, and robustness of traditional desktop applications to Web-based applications. RIAs are especially important for developers who are hoping to leverage business intelligence (BI) and Web 2.0 approaches to content and delivery. Adobe® Flex® is an application at the forefront of RIA-based solutions. A relatively new but fast-growing technology, Flex leverages the capabilities of Adobe's Flash Player to provide first-rate graphical presentations that feature highly responsive UIs. Flex ships with many useful and robust components, but things get more difficult when you need to step outside the narrow bounds of what Flex provides for you and create domain-specific functionality. This introductory article provides an in-depth look at the architecture of the Flex-rendering engine, walking you through the process of incorporating Flex components into your RIAs and explaining what you need to know to create new Flex functionality from scratch.
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