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Recipes for Success in Rich Internet Application and AIR App Development

About the Author

Josh Noble, a consultant, freelance developer, and Rich Internet Application designer, has taught coding and electronics to art and design students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He works extensively with the tools discussed in this book, and teaches about their use in workshops and at colleges.

Todd Anderson is a Senior Software Developer in the Multimedia Platforms Group at Schematic Boston, and a co-author of "Adobe Air: Create - Modify - Reuse" (Wrox/Wiley).

Garth Braithwaite is an Interactive Engineer and Consultant for Media Blacksmith, a company he formed with a partner in 2007. He has been developing internet applications since 2004, and is the founder of VegasFlex, an official Adobe Flex User Group for the Greater Las Vegas Area, focusing on Flex, AIR, and Flash Catalyst. Garth works with CakePHP and JavaScript, and continues to improve his design skills. He is also an Adobe Certified Expert in Flex 3 and AIR.

Marco Casario used to program games in Basic for Commodore 64 before dedicating himself to Flash and Director projects for the Web. In 2005, he founded Comtaste, a company dedicated to exploring new frontiers in Rich Internet Applications and the convergence between the Web and mobile devices. He is founder of the biggest worldwide Flash Lite User Group and of AUG Italy, and the author of Flex Solutions: Essential Techniques for Flex 2 and Flex 3 Developers (FriendsofED). Marco has been a technical editor for Apress, Friends of ED, and WROX for books on Flash and Flex 2, and is a frequent presenter at conferences including Adobe Max, O'Reilly Web 2.0 Summit, and 360Flex Europe, among others.

Rich Tretola, an award-winning Flex developer, is the Rich Applications Technical Lead at Herff Jones Inc. He has been building internet apps for over a decade, and has worked with Flex since the original Royale beta was introduced in 2003. Rich is highly regarded in the Flex community as an expert in RIA, and is also an Adobe Community Expert. He has authored or co-authored a number of books on Flex and AIR, and has a popular Flex and AIR blog at Everything Flex.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cookbooks (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Developer Library; 1 edition (May 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596805616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596805616
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.S. Leonard on June 13, 2010
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This is just one of those books every Flex developer should own. With each release, Flex has continued to prove its pedigree as the best framework for developing rich interactive experiences. Flex 4 is no exception (it is a superb example of how an ECMA based language and XML can be combined into a stellar programming environment). It has been overhauled with features that make creating apps an absolute joy; it's as if the developers of the Flex framework personally listened to the community's feedback and integrated the best suggestions. The authors of this book are extremely well respected Flex developers and active community participants, so it's no wonder they produced a book that covers every important detail each new or seasoned developer should know. I've been stuck on numerous occasions, whereby turning to the cookbook solved my problems so that I could go about my day without losing any hair. This book covers all of the new features like skinning, states, the spark component framework, layout management, animation and Air 2.0 as well as covering features from the previous versions. All in all, if you are new to Flex or just need a tip or two (or thirty), this book is well worth the money and won't let you down.
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Flex 4 Cookbook is written to save our time. It consists of hundreds of tested recipes for developing Rich Internet Applications based on Adobe Flex 4 framework. It let's the reader to learn not only techniques of solving problems but also reasons behind them. In my opinion the Flex 4 Cookbook should be the most appropriate for intermediate Flex developers. There are a lot of code examples accompanying recipies which are ready to be taken advantage of in your applications. You can also find many references to additional on-line resources in this book allowing to suplement knowledge and understanding regarding a particular topic. The book is extremely useful and I recommend it to anyone who likes to have a solid off-line reference on the desk.
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By cesaric on May 17, 2012
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I've had this book for a while and I still constantly reference it. I've been working with Flex since 2005 and I usually only get a few good tidbits out of a book like this but the Flex 4 Cookbook has been quite the opposite for me. It's chalked with great examples and techniques. Even if you're a Flex guru, pick this book up. It definitely has plenty of gems in it.
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