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In this blog I will try to describe how you can get started with Adobe Flex development. It will be an ongoing process – and I will post some of my Flex projects/examples in here as well. I have been working with SAP ABAP development since 1994 – and within the last 5 years I have been working with B2B projects using SAP BSP development.

So how do you as an ABAP developer get started with Adobe Flex development? And are there any of the development skills from SAP you can reuse in Adobe Flex?

I decided to start with some e-learning material from TotalTraining (http://www.totaltraining.com/prod/adobe/flex3_riaa.asp) – and decided to focus on FLEX3 – even though SAP Flash Islands will be built in FLEX2 (the major difference is more Object Oriented focus and better performance).

Today, I realized a free alternative to e-learning – Adobe has launched ‘Flex in a Week’ – here you will find a lot of materials, exercices and videos which will guide you through the FLEX3 development process (http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/videotraining/

Another place to start – is buying the book ‘Developing SAP Applications with Adobe Flex’ at SAPPRESS (http://www.sappress.com/product.cfm?account=&product=H1951) – this book will guide you through the basic of FLEX and how to integrate this with SAP. The only ‘problem’ I have with this book, is the method used to integrate SAP and FLEX – all examples is based on custom-made SAP BSP pages which will communicate with FLEX using XML. This will work fine – but FLEX has the possibility to use SOAP directly, which means you can use all existing BAPI’s – no customcode needed (it will just require that you decide to web-service enable them). I will describe this in a separate blog later. 

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  1. Mrinal Wadhwa
    Hi Mogens,

    Very nice post .. all the resources you mention are great place to start learning Flex. Personally, I find Adobe’s online documentation very easy to understand and learn from http://livedocs.adobe.com/flex/

    Also, I’ve played a little with Flash Islands .. I don’t think they can only be built with Flex 2 .. from what I understand Flash Islands can be SWF files built for Flash Player 9+ .. which would mean that you can use Flex 2, Flex 3 or even Flex 4 (which has not been released yet but is available at http://opensource.adobe.com)

    Mrinal    

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    1. Thomas Jung
      >I don’t think they can only be built with Flex 2 .. from what I understand Flash Islands can be SWF files built for Flash Player 9+ .. which would mean that you can use Flex 2, Flex 3 or even Flex 4

      Yes and no.  Although they are a SWF, you must compile in a SWC library provided by SAP.  The SWC library is Flex release specific.  However as of the most recent SP level we supply both a Flex 2 and Flex 3 version of the SWC. So Islands are available for both Flex 2 and 3.

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