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Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4 Bible Paperback – April 19, 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-0470488959 ISBN-10: 0470488956 Edition: 1st

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'A complete, clear and useful text from the beginner to the more expert user.' - Programmazione.it; Sept, 2011

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Master these skills and flex your development muscles

Deliver rich applications for the Web or desktop with Adobe's new Flash Builder 4 integrated development environment, Flex 4, and the comprehensive tutorials in this packed guide. You'll first get up to speed on Flex basics and Flash Builder 4's new development tools. From there, learn how to use Flex 4's new Spark component skinning capability, deploy desktop apps with AIR, model and manage data, integrate your app with popular application servers, and much more!

  • Understand the differences between Flex and Flash development

  • Master Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4 fundamentals

  • Create and use custom MXML components in a Flex application

  • Work with text, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and layout containers

  • Integrate your Flex apps with BlazeDS, Java, ColdFusion, and PHP

  • Create cross-operating system desktop applications with AIR

Companion Web Site

Access code files for all projects inthe book, as well as additional information, useful links, and more from www.wiley.com/go/flex4.

  • Master all the tools in the Flex 4 SDK
  • Integrate with BlazeDS, ColdFusion, and PHP
  • Rapidly develop cross-platform Web apps

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470488956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470488959
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Mirabelle on June 10, 2010
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This book is very well written and David is clearly an excellent educator, as his videos reveal. I would highly recommend both this book and the video series as a basic introduction to Flash Builder/Flex 4. However, I feel the term 'Bible' is a fairly serious misnomer. The book provides an overview, but goes into very little detail on any given subject. Once you start actually using Flex to create a project, you're going to run into LOTS of questions. How do I clear a form? How do I effectively make multiple HTTPService requests from a single instance of the class? Does a TitleWindow have to be popped up before its public properties and methods are available? How do I create skinnable icon button with no label? What are the rules for use of the various meta tags (Bindable, Embed, etc)? How do I make an MVC app in Flex? How do I create a custom data service?

Flex is a VERY large and deep program and no single volume could possibly hope to cover it completely. I just want you to be prepared to purchase another book soon after reading this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Sanders VINE VOICE on September 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Confronted with 1028 pp (more or less) book on Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4 isn't as daunting as I expected. I would imagine that users come to FB4/F4 from different angles ranging from the novice to both programming ActionScript 3.0 and using the FB4 IDE to those who are familiar with Eclipse using Java who want a familiar environment to develop their programs. There's likely to be a sizable group who have an extensive Flash Professional/AS3.0 background who are migrating to FB4 for a more robust AS3.0 development environment. I represent this last group. Having fiddled with Flex since version 2, I'm somewhat familiar with it, but would almost rather program AS3.0 using Notepad than learn a new IDE.

Living on the more advanced side of ActionScript 3.0, any IDE (Flash included) is viewed as an impediment getting between me and cranking out code. Favoring OOP and Design Patterns, I like to create lots of files containing classes that communicate with one another in a loosely coupled fashion. So, what is most important to me is how well a tool can do that and how well a book can explain how I can keep my classes happily available for development and change. So the first thing I look for is OOP, and on Page 11, that's where the author tells the reader that using an OOP approach to program development is favored. (Declaring he's using OOP on page 11 of a 1028 pp book is like putting it on the cover!) Better and better.

Since I don't have to learn ActionScript 3.0, I want to jump in and get going, and right away the author is talking about modularity! I love this book! That's exactly what I want to hear. (If you're a novice, that's great news because you can learn how to code AS3.0 and use the FB4 IDE is smaller chunks.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David A. Fabris on June 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
The first question with any learning aid is, does it hit the target, for any Flex developer from first day on the job to a more experienced mid-level Developer the answer is a definite yes. For those moving from a Flash design environment this book will ease you through the transition. If you fancy yourself as a more accomplished flex developer there is probably a few pointers in the book that will jog your memory or make you aware of something you didn't realise flex could do.

In a tome that has some 1000 pages of information it does well to flow smoothly across the different subject matter that is part of the Flex development environment. From simple form generation to back end database connectivity, its all there. Dozens of example assist, through the various areas discussed, to help in understanding just how it all works. I was happy to see that the examples actually functioned as expected even the back-end ones !!!, this is a pleasant change from sample code in several other books which I am sure worked for the Author just not for the reader.

If you are eager to get into Flex or feel you need a boost to earn that tag 'Flex Developer' I would recommend this as a must read. For those that have the skills but find things are taking longer to develop than they should its a handy reference to those pesky little problems that can drive a mid-level developer crazy.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Friend (St. Paul, MN) on December 15, 2010
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With regard to content I am in agreement with the paperback edition reviewers; This is an excellent book and deserves four or five stars. When it comes to how this book was formatted for Kindle however it deserves only one star. At times the text flow makes this book almost unreadable. Lines break at unusual places often with only one or two words per line and followed up with punctuation starting the next line. Here's a little example that I've typed exactly as it appears.

***
objects to determine whether the Form
's data is valid.
***

Or this lovely example.

***
has succeeded by comparing the event object's
type
to the event name constants VALID
and INVALID
. For example, this conditional ActionScript
***

It wouldn't be so bad if it were not so pervasive. The horrific text layout occurs on every Kindle reading device I've been able to lay my hands on. I have never seen anything like it in any of the other Kindle editions I own.

Additionally, most of the figures and tables are too small to be instructive.

So it seems to be a case of putting minimal effort into the task. I expect better from Wiley. I am quite certain that if a book came off the printing press with this kind of text layout somebody would be looking for a new job.

I assume that the printed version of this book doesn't have these problems. Buy that edition not the Kindle version.
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