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From jude <flexcapaci...@gmail.com>
Subject Auxiliary Flex SDK / SWC
Date Mon, 06 Feb 2012 07:55:05 GMT
Quote from Alex in another thread,
"...not everything belongs in the Flex project.  For example, we have
already discussed that application frameworks probably don't belong in the
Flex project."

I don't think the main Flex SDK should have every component in it but in
today's world, developers have a wide range of hip new contemporary
components being described in their projects. I think we should consider
the option of having an official or "blessed" subsidiary SWC of components,
classes and skins to address common needs. These could even be possible
candidates for the main SDK. Something like the AS3Core lib.

One thing I've liked about the Flex SDK is that the components do what they
should but not more (some may disagree but follow me here). The Spark List,
for example, doesn't have every layout built in but it uses the Strategy
pattern to define a family of
algorithms<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithm>,
encapsulates each one, and makes the layouts interchangeable (- guess what
type of book I was reading over the weekend - I'll give you a hint, it
begins with design patterns).

For example, an auto completing search field is almost standard now but
there is nothing like this in the standard Flex component set. And to rub
it in there's not just one kind. In iTunes there are two types of search
inputs.

In the iTunes *Store* the search has a magnifying glass icon on the left
(that does nothing), the prompt "Search Store" and an icon constrained to
the right edge that's visible when there is text in the search field. As
you type a drop down appears that shows a list of exact matches (Google
search shows possible matches). By default the drop down shows nothing.

In the iTunes *library* the search has a magnifying glass icon on the left
(that lets you choose to filter by artist, album, name or all), the prompt
"Search" and an icon constrained to the right edge that's visible when
there is text in the search field. As you type the music list is filtered.
By default the music list shows everything.

I know every permutation of a TextInput and Button component or TextInput
and Button skin doesn't belong in the main component set or a sub component
set. Some of what's needed are just examples. For example, I really like
this, http://www.sencha.com/products/extjs/examples/ and
http://jqueryui.com/demos/accordion/ (notice the options on the right as
well).

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