- Series: Adobe Developer Library
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Adobe Developer Library; 1 edition (November 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596805632
- ISBN-13: 978-0596805630
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,564,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning Flex 4: Getting Up to Speed with Rich Internet Application Design and Development (Adobe Developer Library) 1st Edition
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Elijah Robison is completing a Master of Science degree in Geospatial Sciences from Missouri State University. As a graduate assistant, he built several hydrologic assessment utilities for ESRI's ArcGIS platform. Currently he works as a programmer with VillaGIS, Inc., where he helps develop mapping applications using Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR. Elijah brings a fresh perspective in Flex that helps to demystify the technology.
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After 4 versions, the Flex environment is really beginning to come into its own, and it is much easier now to build apps than ever before! With 450+ pages of material spread over 18 chapters of color goodies, this will get you up and GOING in NO time at all.
The Flex platform is perfect for building self-contained apps which are netcentric, modern and efficient. If you are looking to build a new web app you owe it to yourself to take a look at this technology and this is the perfect first step to take!
I have to admit having high expectations of a tech book that begins with a quote from Dostoyevsky! So far, I am very pleased with my progress through the book and I recommend it for other Flex/Flash Builder newbies like me. The target audience as described by the authors is "for anyone learning Flex, but we focused on those completely new to software development."
The move from the tools (or lack of them) of the generic Web with its HTML structure and CSS stylesheets, to the Adobe Flash Builder environment requires a certain change in approach. Cole and Robison pretty much ease that transition and even leverage off it. Many of us being introduced to Flash development are certainly not strangers to Web development.
The book has a sparse but serviceable companion site where the code for the 16 chapters that require it can be downloaded. The authors reinforce the value of the book for beginners by including three appendices that deal with issues not directly related to the subject matter but still important: Setting up various development environments and MySQL and PHP basics.
The book content flow is well-illustrated. One extra I appreciate is the effort put into the typographic conventions used for the code listings. Code emphasis and edits are very clear.
For a beginner, the world of Flex is very daunting and confusing. If you want a perfect book that assumes very little about your Flex background, this book lays the foundation for you to grow into a great Flex developer.
After you have been through the first 17 chapters and have mastered the contents, naturally the question arises as to where to go from here. Chapter 18 addresses exactly that. I was delighted to read quite a few new things like the "AlivePDF" library for generating client-side PDF files, the Facebook API, Google Map integration, etc.