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CF United Speaker Interview

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1. Have you spoken at CFUnited in the past?  What would you tell someone who hasn't been to CFUnited before?

Yup.  I've been speaking at CF United events for the last 4-5 years or so.  Lost count.  CFUN is cool because you get to hang out with all the movers and shakers in the industry.

2. Why should people attend your session(s)?

Why not?  I'll be showing an example of using Flex to talk to Google App Engine (GAE), so its just pretty darn cool.

3. Do you have any projects in the works that you will be revealing at CFUnited?

I'm hoping to have a brand new product ready to demo called FusionDox Access, which is a way cool easy way to share large files with people, and easily integrates into your web projects.  All build in Flex of course :)

4. Besides your topic, what other sessions are you looking forward to?

Using Flex built in icons for custom components

I am a big supporter of "simple first" meaning, get the functionality done and perfect before you start dressing things up and make them fancy.  Flex supports this style of development by having a relitively pretty set of components to begin with, and you can substitute in what you want to change.

What if you are making a custom component, such as a Button, and you want an icon on the button.  You can open your graphics program and make your PNGs, or SWF files and make custom skins, or wouldn't it be great if you could just snag one of the built in icons from Flex' SDK and use that?  Nice and simple to get you started.<more/>This is exactly what I wanted to do for a quick prototype application.  I was surprised that I couldn't find any blog entries out there on how to do this, so I took some time and figured it out, and now you reap the benefit.

In order to re-use Flex's built in icons for your own creation, we first need to find Flex's default css …