Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 Application Development: Training from the Source 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321238344
ISBN-10: 0321238346
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About the Author

Jeanette Stallons is Curriculum Architect at Macromedia where she is the technical lead for defining the scope and content of the Macromedia Authorized Training curriculum. In the last year she co-developed, written, and built the Developing Rich Internet Applications with Flash MX and Advanced ColdFusion MX Development courses. Between product cycles, she divides her time teaching the courses, training, certifying, and supporting instructors' worldwide to teach the courses, building intranet and Internet applications, and speaking at conferences.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Macromedia Press; 1 edition (May 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321238346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321238344
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,975,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. McGrew on October 11, 2004
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I am writing this in mid-October 2004 after just having finished the book. I honestly wonder if the guy that posted a review in early Oct. actually tried to work through it.

Do NOT buy this book! Wait for the next edition. (Or buy a used copy keeping what I am about to tell you in mind.) It is outdated even though it just came out in April 2004. In July of 2004, Flash Professional MX 2004 was updated to version 7.2 which was actually a minor free (patch) upgrade. However, it had significant changes for those using Flash Professional for Rich Internet Applications (AKA Flash screen based development). Most other Flash books are not affected, as this is really the only book that is advanced enough to go into screens based development and Flash Remoting in Flash MX Professional 2004 in detail.

The book itself is actually very good as far as tech how-to books go. However, starting in Chapter 9 (the book has 16 chapters overall) it totally starts to fall apart. The way that you capture events thrown to the page in an external actionscript class file has changed. All of the code presented in the book on how to do this will no longer work. This obviously includes all of the included example files. It no longer works because the upgrade added a new class for dealing with this. It is not obvious. It took me quite awhile to track down the fix (which actually ends up just being a class import and then rewriting your event listeners so they use this imported class). You then have to recognize where this is done throughout the rest of the book and recode accordingly. The Macromedia forums were no help either as of this writing (saw lots of postings saying gee this doesn't work, but no solution).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Davis on November 4, 2004
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This book is for Actionscript 1.0!!!! Let me say that again, THIS BOOK IS FOR ACTIONSCRIPT 1.0!!!! Do not buy this if you have the letest version of Flash MX 2004 with actionscript 2.0. Up until the 9th chapter or so it woks alright. After that it all falls apart. The excersises become almost impossible because of the difference between the two versions. I bought this book based on the reviews writen on this site. None mentioned this fact so I am writing this so that anyone else who looks at this book is aware right away. Wait for an updated book. This really should be pulled or a warning should be put somewhere that this is not for the latest version. I hope that I can save someone else some money buy letting them know eactly what is in this book. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!! (Unless you are still using actionscript 1.0, in which case disregard everything I have said here today)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By koder on May 5, 2005
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I'll be brief. It teaches efficient programming and good tips for beginner programmers but don't try to follow the steps outlined in the book. Seems that author got lost in his own steps. For example page 144 step 8 doesn't indicate that you should place the onChanged code in the "calcObject.as" file, instead it says that you sould place it after the onKillFocus event. I lost a lot of time trying to figure out why my program wasn't working (wanting to practice debugging) until I finally looked at the files in the DVD. I'd say just read the book and test using the files that came in the DVD if things don't work.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pedersen on June 13, 2004
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My disappointment with this book is it lacks natural flow. I found myself drifting out of thought because the book has you shuffling files around every other page. I also share the discouraging fact that you must work through six chapters (half the book) before you are really engaged in "Application Development".
There seems to be a rash of poorly written books emerging under the heading of Flash MX 2004 - 2004 Pro and the best way to gage the relevancy of a new book before you buy it is to see how well the resale price is holding up in the used book market. If the price has dropped significantly after the release, you probable should buy something else or buy it used so you do not end up kicking yourself later. This one is already half of its list price; could it be that only half of it is worth paying for?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean McCleary on May 18, 2004
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I was under the false assumption that "Application Development" was an advanced topic when it comes to Flash. This book assumes that this is not the case, and that I need to spend the first 5 chapters learning about variables, loops, movieclips, and classes. How many times can you possibly beat this topic into the ground? By the point that I am buying a book with Application Development in the title I would think that these things would be assumed prerequisites. So I guess you can start by ripping the book in half and tossing the front half in the trash (recycling bin) just so that it doesn't occupy space in your library that has already been covered by so many other books. I was also disappointed that this book doesn't cover PHP interaction at all. It seems to lean towards Cold Fusion and Java. I preordered the book so all I had to go on was the brief description of the book. Be sure to check out the table of contents before you order. Don't be mislead by the title of this book. It is not necessarily targeted towards the advanced Flasher.
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