Introduction: Flash/Flex Animations with TYPO3
Many developers already know Flex or have at least heard about it. Flex is a combination of development tools from Adobe to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on the Flash platform. Flex is an easy way for developers to make SWF files and also applications for the web (Flash Player) and the desktop (AIR). So how does it relate with TYPO3? Why are we talking about it with TYPO3?
TYPO3 is a free and open source enterprise content management system and indeed Flex doesn't relate with TYPO3 at all. Since Web Essentials is a TYPO3 web company, our main focus is on TYPO3 but we also provide services for Flash/Flex application. We can build a Flex application to communicate TYPO3 websites, like getting data from a TYPO3 website and displaying them in the Flex application or sending the data back to TYPO3. That is why we are talking about Flex with TYPO3.
How does it work? Well, Flex is an application using ActionScript 3, MXML, and CSS languages which has numerous networking APIs supporting everything from plain XML, JSON, SOAP Web Services, and optimized protocols like AMF. For example if you want a Flex application to display contents from a TYPO3 website that includes animation, then we just configure the TYPO3 website to generate the XML for Flex to read. Then on the Flex side you can just do whatever you want with all content you get. There are many possibilities of what Flex and TYPO3 can do together depending on what you want.
For more resources on what Flex can do and other references please have a look at this link: http://flex.org