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Programming Flash Communication Server 1st Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0596005047
ISBN-10: 0596005040
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About the Author

Brian Lesser works at Ryerson University as Assistant Director, Application Development and Support in Ryerson's Computing and Communications Services.

Giacomo "Peldi" Guilizzoni is a software engineer working on Macromedia Breeze Live, possibly the most complex Rich Internet Application powered by Flash Communication Server ever built. He has been involved in the FlashCom community since the very beginning and to this day maintains the only FlashCom-centered blog on the Web at http://wwwpeldi.com/blog.

Joey Lott is a founding partner of The Morphic Group, a Flex and Flash consulting company. At The Morphic Group Joey serves as a technology director, building some of today's most innovative Flex applications and advocating for the use and adoption of agile software development methodologies. He has written many books on Flex and Flash-related technologies, including Programming Flex 3, ActionScript 3 Cookbook, Adobe AIR in Action, and Advanced ActionScript 3 with Design Patterns.

Robert Reinhardt is the lead co-author of the Flash Bible series and the Flash MX ActionScript Bible (Wiley), as well as the lead co-author of Rich Media MX: Building Multi-User Systems with Macromedia MX Software (Macromedia Press).

Justin Watkins is the senior multimedia programmer for Career Education Group. Justin leads a team of Flash programmers and developers to produce synchronous and asynchronous applications that thousands of online students use daily. Justin is one of the lead developers on the open source PHP alternative for Flash Remoting. Justin has contributed articles to devmx (http://www.devmx.com), a community-based Web site for Macromedia developers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596005040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596005047
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,762,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Schlenker on March 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
My company has been working with FCS for a while now, it really helps us communicate with customers and remote offices quite easily. So I picked up this book as soon as it came out, and it's done a great job of filling in the holes of my FlashCom knowledge. This is the book that I wish I had over a year ago when I was learning FCS for the very first time. Seriously. Instead I had some Macromedia books that read like owners manuals. Those were painful days.

Anyhoo, there's tons of example code in there. From wonderfully explicit "Hello World" type stuff, to keeping track of people in a virtual lobby. They really show you how to get at the power of FCS quite well.

Also, on a related note, one of the authors works on FCS for Macromedia, and his blog gives Flash Com info right from the horse's mouth: [...]
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This is a very well-written book written by many famous FlashCom developers. It does not only give a comprehensive guideline on how to develope FlashCom applications, it also introduces best-practices and design patterns for developers. It also has many useful and real-world examples.

However, I believe this books is between beginner and intermediate level. You must know some ActionScript in order to get into what this book is talking about.

I highly recommend this book for FlashCom developers.
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Programming Flash Communication Server, Lesser et al., O'Reilly, 2005

Reviewed by Damian Taggart

As far as I know, Programming Flash Communication Server by Brian Lesser, Giacomo Guilizzoni, Robert Reinhardt, Joey Lott, and Justin Watkins is the ONLY thorough reference for creating, using and optimizing real-time communication applications built with the Flash Platform.

This book, in conjunction with the Macromedia Flash Communication server documentation, will empower your development process, giving you all the resources needed to develop and deploy FlashCom web applications with the confidence that comes from having a sophisticated understanding of the how to Flash Communication Server functions.

The book covers Server-Side ActionScript (SSAS) in addition to both ActionScript 1.0 and 2.0 implementations on the client side. Along the companion website ([...]) and sample applications, you'll be able to set up and test many proof-of-concept application instances in surprisingly short lengths of time. As stated in the book, much of the code provided will needs some tweaking before you put it into production -- to reflect the vagaries of your particular network and client-base.

I'm not sure I'd recommend reading this book cover-to-cover, as it is 800 plus pages -- but it is divided up in easily navigable, relatively stand-alone sections.
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I have been trying hard to read all the chapters of Programming Flash Communication Server but have never been able to finish off all 800+ pages of the book. I have finally finished the reading almost the entire book. Now, that I would rather use the book as a complete reference for Flash Communication Server Application development, its time to write a review! The authors are those whom I have, well we all have, looked upon as the best in the industry, especially with Flash and related technologies. Well before the book hit shelves, I knew that this was going to be *THE* book for Flash Communication Server. With authors like Peldi and Brian Lesser, there can be no mistake in saying that this is the must-have book if you are into application development for Flash Communication Server.

Forward

The Forward by Macromedia's own Flash Communication Server Architect, Pritham Shetty, starts to show the book's worth right away. As I finished the Forward, I was already referring to Pritham Shetty as the *Father of Flash Communication Server*. His story of heading the FlashCom team, their study of the market, technologies and finally their decision to come up with a real-time communication infrastructure to take Flash and Macromedia into a new, profitable business in the telecommunication world was not just interesting but very inspiring. Their idea of supporting a range of real-time applications like classroom, company meeting, front door cam, customer service, car race, remote presence led them to implement base features: audio, video or data as streams, real-time and on demand and data synchronization was a tantalizing read. It tickled my brain buds not just for the technical acrobatic stunts but for the innovation that went into the making of this cool software.
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For anyone interested in the exploring or exploiting the power of FCS, this book is indispensable. We have multiple programmers who have been working with FCS for more than two years. We really rocketed into new areas of development once we had the book in hand.

I can't imagine not having this essential reference and source of ideas.
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