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Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst: The New Workflow (Essential Guide To...) [Paperback]

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May 20, 2010 1430228350 978-1430228356 1

The Flash Platform is changing. Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst have brought a new separation of design and coding to web development that enables a much more efficient and streamlined workflow. For designers and developers used to the close confines of Flash, this is a hugely liberating, but at first alien concept. This book teaches the new workflow for the Flash platform. It gives an overview of the technologies involved and provides you with real-world project examples and best-practice guidelines to get from design to implementation with the tools at hand.

  • Includes many examples
  • Focuses on real-world situations
  • Covers designer and developer workflow

What you’ll learn

  • Use the new workflow from design to implementation.
  • Learn best practices for Flex development.
  • Determine the right tools for the job.
  • Gain basic knowledge of Flash Catalyst.
  • Gain basic knowledge of Flash Builder 4.

Who this book is for

This book is intended for people that want to understand how design and development are brought closer together with Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder 4. Although it can be quite helpful to already have some basic knowledge of Flex, the book will provide you with an overview of the main features and lots of coding examples that are explained in detail.

Table of Contents

  1. Flex and AIR: Taking RIAs to the Next Level 
  2. Flex 4 SDK: Overview of the New Features 
  3. Flash Builder 4: The programming environment
  4. Flash Catalyst: bridging the gap 
  5. Choosing the Best Workflow 
  6. Case Study: An E-Commerce Site
  7. Managing RIA Projects
  8. Frameworks 
  9. Best Practices

Product Details

  • Series: Essential Guide To...
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: friendsofED; 1 edition (May 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430228350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430228356
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,484,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Radley
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of the first books to talk about Flash Catalyst and demonstrates an all-too-common mismatch between the marketing needs of the publisher and actual competency and focus of the writer. Despite the descriptions provided by Friends of Ed, very little is actually on the designer-developer workflow of Catalyst and Builder. Instead, the book (written by a well-respected ColdFusion developer) focusses on enterprise workflow particularly heavy in back-end technologies and real-time data integration.

UI designers and developers should look elsewhere for a true Catalyst and Builder workflow guide.

For example, instead of a standard informative introduction (i.e. how Catalyst and Builder work together), chapter one is a history of mainframes, servers, and an overview of backend technologies including AMFPHP, Zend, LifeCycle, and (of course) ColdFusion.

Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst are introduced later and both are included in the Workflow and Case Study chapters, but most of the actual example code is for realtime data integration. The author briefly mentions UI code and design material for the projects, but the content was omitted and remains inaccessible: neither the book nor the author's website provide the customary download links.

The last three chapters return to familiar ground for enterprise: managing RIA projects, frameworks, and best practices. Common fodder for programmers, but little to do with Flash Builder and practically nothing for Catalyst.

As a developer-designer (the natural beneficiary of a Catalyst-Builder workflow guide) I found this book to be misdirected and disingenuous - it's really written for ColdFusion developers wanting to get into Flex. A ColdFusion or enterprise programmer should write a review of this book. They could probably give it a much higher (or more accurate) rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Advertisement Not an Instructional Book. July 9, 2011
By Gil
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book does not teach Flash Builder or Flash Catalyst. It only explains what it does and the benefits. I already knew these facts. Waste of money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the advanced depth and detail July 4, 2011
By jindy
Format:Paperback
This is the type of book that senior develolpers want to see. There is way too many beginner books out there. I liked exercises and the spectrum he covered. I wish I could find more books like this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners July 21, 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm a long time Flash Designer and Developer. I feel this book is geared towards server-side developers and Flex heads.
I'm someone who learns from deconstruction and I had a hard time with some of the the examples on the Flash Builder side (since having no experience in Flex). However, the Flash Catalyst parts were helpful. It gave me some decent insight to how Flex/Flash Builder files are created. Like I said in my title this book is not for beginners. It would be nice if the downloads for the book were a bit more descriptive if they want to reach a broader audience, because thats how I see Flash Catalyst (Flash with no code!).
I did get some insight on Best Practices concerning Flash Builder but I'm not quite advanced enough to use them in my day to day work yet.
So if you are a Flex intermediate user you will probably get more out of this book than someone like myself who is more design/visually oriented. Beginners definitely flip through the book at B&N before you buy. :)
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