cf.Objective(ANZ) 2010 will for the first time offer full-day workshops on the day before the actual conference. I’m going to offer a full-day training titled “Flex 4 for ColdFusion developers“. Unlike other Flex 4 one-day training or introductions, this one will focus on the special needs of CF folks either coming new into Flex or wanting to learn more about the specifics of integrating Flex apps with ColdFusion. I’m not saying that it won’t be interesting for non-CF developers though as a lot of the tasks CF developers have to deal with apply to other technologies as well (maybe slightly varied).
Here’s my abstract/proposal, any feedback or suggestions are very appreciated:
A lot of server- and client-side web developers are interested in making the leap towards using a Rich Client technology like Adobe’s Flash or Flex. This workshop will help you to get you up to speed with Flex and will put a strong focus on integrating Flex applications with Adobe ColdFusion.
During the first half of the day we’ll introduce the basics of Flex, discuss MXML and ActionScript and certain elements of the Flex component library. We will discuss event handling, basic skinning in Flex 4 and build a straight forward Flex application following the Model-View-Controller pattern.
The second half of the day will focus on integrating with backends and data, in particular ColdFusion. We are going to discuss HTTP and XML Web services as well as AMF-based remoting and using CFCs as backend business and data access logic. We’re also going to have a look at the integrated BlazeDS engine in CF 9 and will look into ways to speed up your development process with using Flash Builder and its data wizards.
Also covered: XML configuration files for Flex in CF and setting up custom channels and adapters to make your development and deployment processes quicker and more flexible.
The training/workshop day is not part of the conference ticket, i.e. it has to be paid for separately. The early bird price for the workshop is AU$ 295 (until August 31 2010), the regular price from September 1 on is AU$ 395. You can obviously book the workshop without attending the main conference if you just want to attend the training. The minimum number of attendees needed to run this training is three – if you want to help make it happen, register now!
Note that there are two more and also very interesting workshops available:
Justin McLean is running a day of Arduino goodness (Hands-on Arduino workshop with ColdFusion and Flex) and Charlie Arehart will teach you how to deal with CF performance and reliability issues in his “CF911” session.
Registration is open now – start the booking process here.