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Adobe Flex 4: Training from the Source, Volume 1 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This book takes you through a step by step progression of creating an actual application. This is not a book of quick snippets and neat tricks, this book is filled with fundamental knowledge that teaches you how to create a real application. This is not "Hello World" or "watch this neat effect."
The authors hit on all the key elements of Flex and chime in with tips as well. The format is easy to follow, and can serve as a reference guide when a particular pattern slips your mind. Some other features of this book are how the authors go through creating classes. They discuss constructors, and actually use packages which is something many other books/blogs leave out. In real world application development all classes are not shoved in one default package, they are broken up into proper packages based on functionality, and the authors show this in their examples. This is huge for new developers who are not used to organizing an application. The authors describe what some of the key concepts like 'static method' means and how it refers to a method that belongs to a class, and not an instance of the class.
From external data and databinding, to collections and cursors, this book is a must read for those developing Flex applications. There are parts of this book that have already reminded me and corrected some bad habits I was starting to develop.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
One thing I particularly like is the way the author first tells you what to do and (importantly) why, and then (if you wish) you can have a go at writing the code yourself. But always, you only look a bit down the page, and there's the code you ought to have written. This is a really good way to learn. And, of course, there's a CD with all the exercises not only shown complete, but shown as at the *start* of exercises.
Finally, the author knows that you're using a new development environment, and at the start, you're taken through some of the really important things - like debugging!
In summary, with more years in software than I like to think, this is probably the best "getting started" book I've yet encountered.
While I'm giving this book 5 stars, let me qualify that somewhat with a couple of points:
- This book is aimed at people who are new to Flex, or are moving from Flex 3. It is a teach-through-example-style book, where you learn by doing things hands on. It's quite effective, as far as that goes.
- If you have experience in Flex 4, and are trying to study for the ACE Flex 4 exam, I wouldn't recommend this book AS A SOLE REFERENCE FOR STUDYING. It seems like a lot of questions on the exam are straight out of the ASDoc ActionScript 3/Flex 4 API reference. I'm currently building a set of flashcards out of the API reference. Wish there was a study guide book as well.
Minor complaint: The Kindle formatting (I assume this is a kindle formatting issue) for this book is a little weak, mainly the numbered items seemed to have repeated numbers for subsections within those numbers. So item "6." would have seven or eight "6."s, one for each subsection. Other than that it was surprisingly well-formatted, for a technical book in Kindle.
I reccommend this book to web app developers with little or nounderstanding of flex. It is not an OOP book but does touch on the OOP concepts you should learn for actionscript.
I would have liked more OOP instruction but that was not the focus of this book. I supplimented this book with Actionscript 3.0 for Flash and Flex to meet my ActionScript questions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a beginner to Flex 4. For a beginners book I didnt find it very helpful at all. Yes you do build an application from scratch but alot of the building points are not explained... Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Jay
I've read a lot of different Flex books lately in my effort to learn Flex, and I keep coming back to this one. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Trixyfox
I bought Volume 1 although I probably didn't need to, just to make sure I would be ready for Volume 2, which I pre-ordered last November. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by D. Jenkins
The good: Basic concepts well explained, and the book is well laid out. Good book if you are developing with Flex 4. Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by mobile_review
The sample content that is used in the book as examples is not included in the text of the book. There are no links to download the sample application that the book relies heavily... Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by ya0730
Well, I first have to said that I had a deep experience with Adobe Flex 3 in a advance project, now I bought this book in order to just get with Flex 4 new features, I would say... Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by Jose@Cr
Michael Labriola, Jeff Tapper and Matthew Boles's Adobe Flex 4: Training from the Source V. 1 tells how to build and debug Internet applications and how to use the MXML language to... Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by Midwest Book Review