June 19th, 2011

Introduction to Mobile App Development

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Written by: Nouman Naveed

After a year release of Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4 SDK, new versions are available with Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 SDK. Actual focus for Flex 4.5 SDK and Flash Builder 4.5 is the capability to build mobile applications that target the Google Android, Blackberry Tablet OS, andĀ Apple iOS operating systems. Furthermore, Flex 4.5 SDK introduces new Spark components and improvements for large application development while Flash Builder 4.5 introduces ton of new coding productivity features for faster ActionScript and MXML development.

Getting Started

They way you start with Mobile Application Project is very similar to creating web / desktop application. Go to File > New > Flex Mobile Project. Once you select it the dialog box for selecting platform and application settings is available. After selecting default project setting, it will create two .mxml files. First is based on ViewNavigatorApplication container and second is based on View container. The ViewNavigatorApplication container is also called as root container to hold other views. A View container is an individual section of your mobile app.

Flash Builder 4.5 will help wizards create stub views for your view-based application. You can then add in related views for your application. Each stub view derives from the spark.components.View class. Views understand how to display data and inject information into the Action Bar. An Action Bar is the navigational UI at the top of each application. This provides contextual information about the current view, including the title of the current view and action buttons that can navigate the user to particular places within the application.


About the Author

Nouman Naveed
My name is Mohammed Nouman Naveed. I work and play with Flash Platform technologies and has experience of 11 years. Consulting and Training is part of my job. I am Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe User Group Manager, Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Community Champion.



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