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Developing Android Applications with Flex 4.5 1st Edition

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Book Description

Building Android Applications with ActionScript

About the Author

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

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449305377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449305376
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,048,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have never written a book review on Amazon before, but I was moved to do so after seeing what utter waste of paper this book is. The author should be embarrassed to have his name associated with this garbage. I cannot emphasize enough that there is absolutely *no* usable information contained in this book.

Some points:

1. The book is less than 100 pages, but I would estimate that the number of pages with actual content is probably closer to 30 or so (and I'm being generous here). The rest of the book is filled with large (often full-page) screen shots which provide little to no value, repetitive boilerplate code, and blank pages.

2. "Let's review the code below" seems to be the author's favorite phrase. Unfortunately, these code reviews provide no additional insight or explanation of the concepts presented. The reader doesn't need to be told that there is a "private variable named microphone declared, of type flash.media.microphone". It's obvious by looking at the code!

3. No index? I guess it would be difficult to justify given how light on content this book is...

4. typos, missing semi-colons, etc. in the code snippets.

I would give zeros stars if it were possible.
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I am the curious minded and for me, looking to play with the Android SDK has been on my to-do-list for a while. I did review an Android book by O'Reilly a few weeks back, but it was through the use of Java and the Android SDK officially. As a Flex developer by background, I have been eagerly awaiting this book,Developing Android Applications with Flex 4.5 by Rich Tretola, as it gives me the chance to experiment with Flash Builder 4.5 and creating Android applications with the more familiar Flex.

This book is quite concise, in fact lets you get rolling right away, which is great, considering the amount of concise and centralised information for Flex Mobile 4.5 is hard to come by, they are mostly scattered, and yeah we are still in the infancy of building Flex mobile apps. Nevertheless, this book gives you great gusto starting with the first chapter which gets you starter, then progresses to how to lay out the application, working with various UI controls, then getting hooked into the physical attributes of the phone, such as GPS, Accelerometer and Camera Roll, and concluding with how to publish the app finally.

I enjoyed this book, it's a concise reference and I hope there will be more development in the Flex sphere, to allow this to be a genuine stream of Android development. I actually hope there is an iOS version of this book, using Flex, which would be a great complement. But otherwise, this book get's my tick of approval, really great, enjoyable to read and for the busy man that I am, finished it in a day! Wohah.
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I read this book in less than a day, and that was because it has few pages with what we want to read about. The content is very clear, but I feel I was expecting something more, I am a Flex programmer, so I am familiar with AS and Flex and besides of explaining where to click on Flash Builder IDE, there is nothing new.
Besides, it doesnt make a clear point about publising apps, I think is better to know about the complex proccess of releasing this apps made with FB 4.5, and this book gets around on this! Hey witters, remember that we, as programmer, dont want to have apps always on debug, so what do we do to release them to our clients?
Also, I think you should wrote more pages!
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As the other reviewers said the book is short and to the point.

Having some background in Flex before buying this is a good idea. I found Flex and Adobe's debug player to be a bigger hindrance and frustration than anything the book threw at me.
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