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AdvancED Flex 3 (Friends of Ed Abobe Learning Library) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Shashank Tiwari is a technology entrepreneur, internationally renowned speaker, author, and innovator. He is a managing partner and chief technology officer at Treasury of Ideas (http://www.treasuryofideas.com), a technology-driven innovation and value optimization company. He is adept in a multitude of technologies and his contributions to Java, Flex, Python and many open source tools and technologies have been well-recognized over the years. He lives with his wife and two sons in New York. More information about him can be accessed at his website: www.shanky.org.

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  • File Size: 9420 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2008 edition (October 23, 2008)
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001W6RI88
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Format: Paperback
AdvancED Flex 3 By Elad Elrom, Jack Herrington, Joshua Mostafa, Shashank Tiwari is a very special book dedicated to Flex and AIR developers. Unlike most other Flex and AIR books available on market nowadays this book covers more advanced topics which are of great importance for rich internet applications developers upgrading professional skills from moderate to advance level.

I think this book is not ideal. There are things inside I do not like (e.g. no uniform source code convention) or I agree only to some extend. That is why my rating is 4.

I am a Flex developer and RIA architect working on software projects. My own experience tells me that multi-tier internet applications can be very complex. It is also very important to develop and deliver the applications on budget and on time which means developers should write clean, working code in an efficient way. This book can help to understand some important architectural and development topics.

Do you know how to successfully leverage architectural and design patterns in your applications? Can you construct advanced and usable components using MXML or ActionScript 3.0? Do you know how to optimize your code to get superior Flash Player performance? What about integrating your application with client- and server-side technologies like Java and PHP? Can your application communicate and interact with JavaScript and HTML? Do you know how to work with Web 2.0 APIs? Can you visualize OLAP data using Flex Charting? If not you should consider buying this book. I did and I do not regret it.
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I've probably read every single book on Flex in the last two and a half years, and I have to say that this one is by far the best. It is worth noting however, that if I read this book 2 years ago, most of it would have gone over my head. This is a book for Flex developers that are sick and tired of the "this is what an ActionScript variable looks like" books, and want a book that is focused on building scalable, enterprise level Flex applications. There is an incredible amount of valuable information in this book. EVERY Flex developer should have this book in their library.
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I think an advanced Flex book should detail application architecture. We get one chapter and there's not really a point to it because they don't really compare anything. Chapter 2 talks about advanced components. Only because I already know this stuff did I understand what they were attempting to explain. Here's a line of code, hope you know where it goes. There's weird tabbing on the code, so that's difficult to follow. There's major inconsistencies on the examples from start to finish (they start with rb_selection for the name of the function and just change it to rb_selection_hangler towards the end). The code you download is deplorable. And they don't explain anything. I was done after chapter 2.

I am little shocked this was published. Friends of Ed has some great titles. I teach AS3.0 and I have been doing Flash professional for 10 years. Of all the technical books I have purchased this has to be the worst one.
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I would not recommend buying this book. Most of the code examples in the book have compile errors so it's obvious that the authors didn't spend much time on this book. Also, I think the authors included way too much source code and not nearly enough explanation. And quite a lot of the source code that they include is stuff that is copied directly from open source Flex projects (such as PureMVC, Cairngorm, etc), so you don't gain anything by having it in the book. I especially disliked the pages and pages or SQL code that they included in the streaming audio/video chapter.

This isn't the worst book I've read, but you could do a lot better.
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