Flex Data Binding

Yesterday Joe Rinehart blogged about using the ternary operator in Flex data binding. I was glad to see this post as I'm in the middle of my first Flex project and I find my self using this technique quite a bit. Here is just one example, which changes a text input's background color to red if it has a negative value.


Learning Flex

After about two years of threatening to learn Flex I'm finally doing it. I started by completing the "Adobe Flex 2 Rich Internet Applications" DVD-ROM course from Total Training. I won this a while ago at a CFUG meeting and have been meaning to get to it ever since. I have to admit, I wasn't sure how I'd like the format given that I usually learn by reading a book on a particular topic then experimenting, but I liked the course. And I know what your thinking, "Flex 2?," but from what I can tell the basics of Flex haven't changed much from Flex 2 to Flex 3, so I found the course very helpful. I'd even recommend it to someone looking to learn the basics of Flex in a hurry.


Moving On

Blogging has been light lately as I've been busy getting settled into a new job. I'm happy to say that last week I started as a Senior Programmer/Analyst the the Alfred West Jr. Learning Lab at the Wharton School here in Philadelphia. After several years of working on some pretty large enterprise ColdFusion applications this move brings me back to what I was doing about six years ago: developing online educational applications in ColdFusion and Flash. I'm very excited about the move as it will give me the opportunity to work with a great group of developers on some very interesting applications. I'm also excited because many of the applications that the Learning Lab develops are simulations and "serious games" which should be a big change from the e-commerce/content management/CRM type applications I've been working on lately. I've definitely looking forward to learning a lot in the coming months, including Flex, and I hope to share some of it here, so stay tuned...

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