Flex your BIP Muscles
By Tim Dexter on Aug 30, 2007
I wrote about the coming Flex templates in 10.1.3.3 back in April - they are now here and I wrote some tutorial like documentation for the official doc. You can get that here or if you prefer PDF here - Chapter 9. The documentation covers the basics, how does publisher work with Flex templates, how do you build tables, charts and how do you wire up the objects to the data. To go with the tutorial are some Flex project files which are not with the documentation, they'll appear on metalink Im sure but for now I'll post them here.
Just unpack and use the Import feature of the Flex IDE to get them in. I have annotated the code so hopefully in conjunction with the doc you'll be able to make 'head and tail' of it all.
Before you EBS/PS and JDE folks ask - no, sorry, not yet, its a BIP Enterprise thang at the moment ... its coming thou.
I do not get into the 'Flex' of Flex templates but, I have been working with them again recently and if folks are interested I'll post 'tints & hips' as I work them out. There is a growing community of Flex developers building some amazing extensions to Flex that you can use in your templates. I have to mention the FlexLib project where there are a host of extensions - shout outs for Doug McCune , Ely Greenfield and Mrinal Wadhwa for providing such a wealth of info. If you get stuck in some Flex related issue, try our forum but you are going to get better results by asking the FlexCoders mailing list. I have to admit the Flex documentation is overall, very good and failing those resources just goooogle for anything Flex ... its out there.
There are truly some awesome things that you can do with Flex that your users are going to be screaming for and loving you for building, so get Flexing.