There are many ways you can learn about Flex. This excerpt from Getting Started with Flex 4
highlights a few select resources. As you explore these resources, you will surely discover even more sources of information.
The Adobe Flex Developer Center
is the official Adobe Flex community center and has articles and great information for Flex developers.
Online Resources for Getting Started
There are many ways to get started with Flex:
Flex Test Drive
Quickly build an application with Flex.
Flex in a Week
A free one-week video training course in Flex.
Dozens of examples with code explaining a broad range of topics, including application basics, handling data, and building advanced user interfaces.
Tour de Flex
A desktop application with over 200 running samples with source code. Tour de Flex showcases Flex capabilities and resources.
Provides access to all Flex and Flex-related documentation from Adobe.
A collection of video learning resources from Adobe.
Community Links and Resources
Flex blogs are a primary source of information about Flex. Often, blog entries include code recipes that are too small to warrant coverage in an article but are nonetheless helpful and can save you the time and effort of researching and implementing Flex solutions yourself.
Here's a list of some of the best Flex blogs and community websites:
Flex Team Blog
This is the official blog from the Flex team at Adobe.
Peter deHaan is a member of the Flex SDK team. His blog provides examples on using and customizing Flex components.
Mike Morearty is the brains behind the debugging portion of Flex Builder. His blog keeps you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of Flex.
Chet Haase’s blog specializes in Flex/Flash graphics techniques.
Alex Harui’s Flex Closet is a collection of Flex-related things. The blog contains numerous demos and downloadable source files.
Sujit Reddy G
Sujit Reddy is a technical evangelist for Flash Platform technologies at Adobe. His blog contains examples and tutorials on accessing data with Flex and Flash Builder.
Adobe Feeds is a blog aggregator that you can use to search for articles on Flex and Flash Builder. As a starting point, under Smart Categories choose Flex.
This site hosts several open source development projects for Flex.
This is the Flex community website.
This is O’Reilly’s RIA website.
Flex Support Forums
A great community resource where you can find user-to-user discussions regarding Flex. What’s more, the Flex team monitors the forums to help you out when you get into a jam.
Adobe Community Help Client (CHC)
FlexCoders Yahoo! group
The CHC, which is installed with Flash Builder, provides a portal to Adobe Flex documentation and a variety of Adobe and nonAdobe learning content. The CHC provides search options that include both Adobe and community resources, plus user feedback. The CHC can filter searches for resources containing code samples. If you don’t have Flash Builder installed yet or you want to check out the next-generation help experience from Adobe for Flash Builder or any other product, visit www.adobe.com/support/chc/
An active forum where experienced Flex developers ask questions and exchange ideas.
Flex user groups
Follow Flex on Facebook
and Twitter to access the latest examples, videos, and news. On Twitter, search for #flex
It’s a good idea to join a local Flex user group. Flex user groups are located all over the world. Meanwhile, a Flex or Flash “Camp” (an informal gathering of Flex enthusiasts and Adobe folks who get together to try to build real Flex applications) should be high on your list of things to attend. Upcoming Flash Camp events are displayed prominently in the sidebar of the Adobe Groups page.