On Monday, I received 2 email requests within 30 minutes requesting MXML/AS3 examples. I made an example, added a subject, and pasted the MXML/AS3 into the body. It struck me as a simple way to learn Flex, so I created ‘Just MXML and AS3‘.
The goal is for the community to post working MXML and AS3 examples to explore working Flex applications. Just paste the code into Flex Builder 2, Flex SDK, Flex Data Services, and it will compile a working example. You can then explore the working code and discover how Flex really works from the inside out.
I learn by doing, seeing, exploring, and understanding. Books are great, but there is no substitute for compiling code, seeing it work, and understanding it. It allows you to see patterns, discover new techniques, and explore another developer’s perspective. I have learned more from tinkering with source code than I ever have from a manual or textbook. Real understanding or innovation rarely comes from reading a manual, it occurs when you explore the known to discover the unknown and unwritten.
What would the modern world be like if the Wright Brothers had not tinkered with bikes, kites, and propellers? Real innovation and knowledge comes from exploration.
So what is ‘Just MXML and AS3‘ about?
OPEN – Anyone can post code to ‘Just MXML and AS3’ but all code is approved for publishing. Post example MXML and AS3 here.
DEVELOPER CREDIT – The name of the developer will be in the post title. “by YOUR NAME HERE” will be in every post.
TEXT POWERED – With ‘Just MXML and AS3‘ you can compile an application in less that 1 minute and see code working on your machine. With text, sharing code is as simple as cut and paste.
I look forward to seeing what you contribute to ‘Just MXML and AS3‘ and I want to encourage everyone to post code often. There is so much to learn in AS3 and MXML that we could post 1000’s of examples and still not cover every feature.