Posts in Category "Learning Materials"

Flex 2 Learning Materials

One of the things that I focused on for the last 5 months of the Flex 2 release was the different learning materials that we wanted to get out. We decided to operate under the “more is better” principle, so I’d like to mention a few of the things that we did.

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Learn from the Kiwi Team

Check out the Kiwi Team Blog where all sorts of good information is being posted. Brian Riggs has just added a great introduction to the architecture involved in a large Flex app. Definitely worth a read.

Samples on the Adobe Developer Center

I wanted to point out a preview of what’s to come for Flex 2 samples on the Developer Center. We’ve just posted a description of the SDK Dashboard sample and provided a link to the running version.

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Macromedia Training Is Great!

Check out this post by Steven Erat on the Flex for ColdFusion Developers course he took recently. These kinds of courses are offered all the time and all over; very worthwhile to rapidly increase your skills or if you’re trying to find out if Flex can really suit your needs .

What Are Your Favorite Learning Materials?

One of the things we’re constantly doing with Flex is adding to and improving the learning materials provided with the product and on the web site. This includes prose documentation, the ASDoc API descriptions, sample applications, and tutorials. I’m probably going to be spending a good deal of time on these over the next few months, and will be looking to the community for feedback and suggestions. So let’s get started with some not-so-simple questions…

What learning materials would you hold up as an example of how to do things correctly? What specifically did you like about them? For example, I’ve heard that ASP.NET gets high marks for its documentation. Have you used any of it? Anything to share?

Any particular Macromedia documentation that stands out for us to emulate? Suppose hypothetically that Macromedia had to focus on just one kind of learning material; where would you want that focus? Samples? Tutorials? Some new kind of material?

All feedback appreciated for now; this is the warmup. More detailed questions to follow as we pick up steam on this effort.