- Series: Learn by Video
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321788109
- ISBN-13: 978-0321788108
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mobile Development with Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5: Learn by Video 1st Edition
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video2brain, a firm located in Graz, Austria, produces high-quality video training content on software, photography and programming topics. Crucial to the flexible training are optimized teaching methods, practical tips from industry experts and the focus on "learning-by-doing" with project files. video2brain is an Adobe Certified Training Provider.
Peter Elst is a freelance Flash platform consultant, Adobe Community Professional, and a founding partner of Project Cocoon, a collective of designers and developers based in South India. Author of several books on Flash Platform technology, including the popular Object-Oriented ActionScript 3.0, he’s been invited to speak at various international conferences and published his work in leading journals.
Joseph Labrecque is primarily employed by the University of Denver as a senior interactive software engineer specializing in the Adobe Flash platform. He is also the proprietor of Fractured Vision Media, LLC, a digital media production company, technical consultancy, and distribution vehicle for his creative works. Joseph serves as an Adobe Education Leader and Adobe Community Professional.
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These are excellently produced videos. The DVD has all completed examples as well. You will get a wide exposure to functionality. The presenters are well practiced, clearly spoken and pleasant to listen to.
I would say the videos are good for getting an overview of how to build mobile apps with Flash IDE and Flash Builder.
That's the good news.
This will fall short if your goal is suitable starting path to making you feel comfortable to go on your own. You will feel a scattered as where to start and uncertain whether or not you have all you need to go on.
First there are two authors using two different platforms. Two authors is fine but one presents in Flash IDE and one presents in Flash builder. Topics are split between them so for accelerometer or geolocation is shown in Flash IDE but not in Flash Builder. Visa versa, UI items like tab bars and view are done in Flash Builder and not Flash IDE. So if you are a Flash IDE and bought for that, you are short changed and visa versa. Beyond that there is the usual flip flop in Flash Builder where we need to see an Actionscript Flash Builder project teaser example and then Flex SDK is used there after which should be your preference unless you are building something like a completely custom UI like a game.
Second very few serious developers write code in Flash IDE. We use it sometimes for its animation functionality, lite Actionscript and export to swcs to be put into Flash Builder for development. It may make Flash IDE user feel they have a future in Mobile apps, but I think that is wishful thinking.
Third there is no commitment to a device platform. Flash Builder 4.5 has IOS, Blackberry and Andriod. Blackberry is dismissed altogether which is fine. The examples and videos flip flop between Andriod and IOS and often IOS is avoided and completely with the FLash IDE videos. So you cannot get a sense of what approach suits either platform and in some cases we are simply told this does not work in IOS such as the softkeys video. So you are at a complete loss if your choice of platform is IOS and you have no idea what the difference would be. Bottom line is flip flopping begs the question why not two video series for each platform or giving equal attention to both platforms for all examples in separate chapters.
What is obvious here is that the publisher did not seem to have a lab of devices for these authors to use and I suspect they were limited to their own personal devices.
Fourth there is no capstone project that you can put it altogether. The contacts example or the todo example could have been expanded to be a capstone example. You will be begging for more as the authors give you the sense of something complete and then leave to another topic and example. I like the idea of atomic examples so you can focus on the functionality and that is what this mostly is. The twitter example gets close as well but hey its twitter and limited to what twitter is.
The potential here is great and with Flash Builder 4.6 hype indicating is going to be better at doing mobile, the next version of this should simply pick one development platform and either one device platform or be sure if both Andriod and IOS are going to be covered, make sure it is clear what do to in both.
I would recommend mulitple video series for each device platform and use the AIR/Flex sdk for both with objectives of a good capstone projects as well as the excellent atomic videos in this series. That is where your audiences are for this and you could make some great sales.
Finally the videos are encouraging that there might be a future for Actionscript (well really Flex) developers in Mobile without a lot of retraining.
Are videos these worth the price because the time you would spend digging around on the Internet to find this collection of well presented examples exceeds the cost of a working professional doing the digging by many many times. Plus much what I found on the internet is woefully defective with a lot of wannabees trying to get some ranking. These videos brought it together nicely. You will enjoy them.
My Scores out of 5 are as follows:
Amazon.com = 5 [ Great Services for Delivery & Packing & Updates.. Its Awesome as Always] Thanks Amazon..
LearnByVideo Course: Only 2
[ 1. Its not at all Detailed & Well Organised Course; Looking at the Author I was expecting quiet a Lot & specially for that price. So i am not at all impressed with the content
2. Information which is presented in the Course Must have been more In tensed with more number of Different Application Scenarios & testing on actual iOS Devices too
as there are some additional stuff you must need in order to get SQLite working on iOS & that is NOT even mentioned in the course which is kind of unacceptable to me
3. Price seems Rather Unacceptable now that i have seen the course, I would not recommend this product at all.
For instance, the usege of the webView for mobile ads is rarely found elsewhere. Optimization issues are taken into consideration as well.
It covers both Flash Builder (which interests me more) and Flash Professional.
Of course, you need to know ActionScript 3 before approaching it.
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