Thursday, April 29, 2010

Video: Reflection Container in Flex 4, Part 1

Creating a Reflection Container in Flex 4, Part 1, the next episode in the gripping and suspenseful series CodeDependent, is now available from Adobe TV.

This show is based on one of the 65+ demo applications that I wrote for Flex 4 Fun, a book about the graphics and animation side of Flex 4. You can see a book sitting next to me on the table at the start of the video. I had planned to show it in the video, but that segment got cut. I suppose the producer figured that since all I was showing was a copy of When I am King... with a printout of the Flex 4 Fun cover taped around it (since Flex 4 Fun isn't actually available in hardcover until this Summer), it really wasn't a crucial part of the show. Anyway, if you want to see more about the book, check out the book site, the page where you can purchase the PrePrint version, or the apps site where all of the demos are hosted.

This episode shows how to create a simple container in Flex 4 that holds both a BitmapImage and that image's reflection. The actual reflection we end up with, which is just a translucent/mirrored version of the original, could be improved upon... which is the point of the next show. (Oooh, I just love a good cliffhanger!)

Here's the video:

Here is the demo application:

And here is the source code.

Here's where you can find CodeDependent on iTunes.

And here's where you can find CodeDependent on YouTube.


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