As I said in my previous post, I’ve started working in Flex! So far I have been very impressed! Creating dynamic content and application designs is much more natural and faster. Although I miss the timeline, I question whether a pseudo-designer type such as myself would need Flash at all.
That being said, I’ll divulge some of the details of my first Flex component. For this project I was asked to create a Flex component using AS#, and quickly! I had a few neat ideas but decided to kill two birds with one stone and design a lightbox/gallery type component I could use on my art website.
I’ve never been great at designing databases, and don’t reinvent the wheel when I don’t have to. Yahoo’s Flickr service provided all the tools I needed for managing a gallery: tags, dating, sets, and automatic resizing to multiple formats. Yahoo is also kind enough to give access to their Flickr API services so you can access image data from webservice calls which return XML.