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Tutorials | Creating Flex Dashboards

Carlos Pinho
By | 2008-06-20T01:30:00+00:00 Jun 20, 2008|Old Posts|

Dashboards are an easy way to let someone get clear picture on data, as also a great tool to compare different factors. With Flex you are able to create different kind of dashboards. The following tutorials will teach how to do it:

Creating Dashboards with Flex

In this tutorial, the Nitobi Grid, an Ajax component, is used to build an application to review sales data for each month of the year. The FABridge is used to enable the Ajax part of the application to communicate with the Flex Charting component such that the sales data for a selected month can be displayed in a bar chart, offering a dynamic and responsive visualization of our data. All of the sales data is transported from server to the client using Ajax, but subsequently massaged using XSLT and rendered using the FABridge and Flex Charting 2. This approach is particularly attractive since it enables us to preserve the way each tier in our application works as an Ajax application, and simply extend the application to include Flex.

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Creating Flex Dashboards - 2

This tutorial demonstrates the basics of how to start creating Adobe Flex and Salesforce mashups. By the end of the tutorial you will know how to create a simple Flex application and embed this within your Salesforce application. If you prefer watching a demonstration to reading text, skip to the screencast that demonstrates the process in about 15 minutes.

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Creating Flex Dashboards - 3

The success of the iPhone has made it clear that users want more interactivity from their software experiences. Better interactivity leads to effective utilization of application features and better efficiency and that is why it is extremely important not only in personal information management applications but in enterprise business applications as well. Among business applications, the ones that involve data visualization gain the most from better interactivity, because better effectiveness and efficiency in these cases translates directly to better decision making and therefore immediate business gains. Dashboards are the prototypical example of data visualization applications. Interestingly, most dashboards today lack the interactivity to create efficient user experiences. So we decided to spice up a typical Web 1.0 dashboard to a more interactive and rich dashboard. We did not reinvent the wheel and create the entire application from scratch. Instead we re-mastered the interface and plumbed it into the existing server side infrastructure. In doing so, we realized a quick yet useful transformation…

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About the Author:

Carlos Pinho
A father, a husband and a geek... Carlos was the founder of projects like The Tech Labs and Flash Enabled Blog. He is the founder of TekTuts He is passionate about technologies. Their main skills are in analytics, transport & logistics, business administration. He also writes about programming resources, trends, strategy and web development.

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