AdvancED Flex 4
Author: Shashank Tiwari, Elad Elrom, Charlie Schulze
Publisher: friends of ED; 1 edition
Publication Date: 2010-08-18
ISBN-10: 1430224835
ISBN-13: 9781430224839
Paperback: 560 Pages
AdvancED Flex 4

AdvancED Flex 4 makes advanced Flex 4 concepts and techniques easy. Ajax, RIA, Web 2.0, mashups, mobile applications, the most sophisticated web tools, and the coolest interactive web applications are all covered with practical, visually oriented recipes.

  • Completely updated for the new tools in Flex 4
  • Demonstrates how to use Flex 4 to create robust and scalable enterprise-grade Rich Internet Applications.
  • Teaches you to build high-performance web applications with interactivity that really engages your users.

What you’ll learn

Practiced beginners and intermediate users of Flex, especially those with a knowledge of other web development tools, will learn to leverage Flex 4’s new tools and capabilities to build truly advanced web applications.

  • Get the most out of the new features introduced in Flex 4.
  • Integrate Flex 4 with PHP, Java, JavaScript, and Ruby on Rails.
  • Leverage architectural and design patterns.
  • Create mashups and collaborative applications using Flex 4.
  • Build rich media applications using audio and video streaming and open source 3D libraries.
  • Tune the performance of your Flex applications.

Who is this book for?

This book is for web developers who want and need to create Rich Internet Applications on time and within budget. It is also for all Flex developers including those upgrading from Flex 3, intermediate users who want to build their skills to an advanced level, and other web developers who want to integrate their web tools with Flex.

Shashank Tiwari is a technology entrepreneur, internationally renowned speaker, author, and innovator. He is currently a managing partner & CTO at Treasury of Ideas (http://www.treasuryofideas.com), a technology-driven innovation and value optimization company. He is adept in a multitude of technologies and his contributions to Java, Flex, Python and many open source tools and technologies have been well recognized over the years. He lives with his wife and two sons in New York. More information about him can be accessed at his website: www.shanky.org.
Elad Elrom is a technical writer, technical lead, and senior Flash engineer. As a technical writer, Elad wrote books covering Flash technologies. He maintains an active blog and has spoken at several conferences regarding the Flash platform. He has helped companies follow the XP and Scrum methodologies to implement popular frameworks, optimize and automate built processors and code review, and follow best practices. Elad has consulted a variety of clients in different fields and sizes, from large corporations such as Viacom, NBC Universal, and Weight Watchers to startups such as MotionBox.com and KickApps.com.

Table  of Contents:

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………… xvii
Chapter 1: Building Applications  Using Test-Driven Development………………….. 1
Chapter 2: Turbo-Charging Data Binding……………………………………………………… 43
Chapter 3: Workflow enhancements with Flash Catalyst……………………………….. 77
Chapter 4: Flex and AIR: Taking Applications to the Desktop………………………. 113
Chapter 5: 2.0 Enhancements Overview……………………………………………………… 141
Chapter 6: Creating Themes in Flex 4 ………………………………………………………… 179
Chapter 7: Integrating Flex with Java Using Services………………………………….. 201
Chapter 8: Integrating via Data Services…………………………………………………….. 249
Chapter 9: Talking with JavaScript and HTML: Web Page Integration…………… 287
Chapter 10: Flex Mashups…………………………………………………………………………. 305
Chapter 11: Flash Security ………………………………………………………………………… 385
Chapter 12: Migrating Web 1.0 Interfaces to RIA…………………………………………. 405
Chapter 13: Working with Web 2.0 APIs……………………………………………………… 433
Chapter 14: Facilitating Audio and Video……………………………………………………. 461
Chapter 15: Using 3D in Flex……………………………………………………………………… 505

AdvancED Flex 4 (Paperback)
Author: Shashank Tiwari, Elad Elrom, Charlie Schulze
ISBN: 1430224835
Publisher: friendsofED
Book Price: USD 4.47
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1 comments

  1. Learning a new framework or programming technology can be challenging when you have not come from a formal computer science background. For the past 12 years, I have been learning numerous programming languages. ActionScript and Flex are one of my new endeavors since I can appreciate the importance that rich internet applications are having. I have recently read Flex 4 and have been impressed with the breath of information this book adds to my knowledge on Flex. I have read almost all of the books that have been published pertaining to Flex as well as ActionScript since this is my primary way of learning this technology. With the recent release of Flex 4, I was initially scared about how I would learn about the updates since I am not a full time programmer. I found Flex 4 to be an easy read covering a number of advanced topics that have been forefront for Adobe and the Flex framework such as security and connecting to data services. The content is a mix between text explanations of various advanced topics pertaining to flex coupled with a fair amount of code that reinforces the concepts presented. I found the book an easy read and one that has advanced my understanding of flex. The book does not stop with Flex, is also covers Adobe Air 2.0 and Flash Catalyst. Something I was not very familiar with prior to reading this book was Test-Driven Development. This is covered in the first chapter of the book and I gained an understanding of this important programming paradigm which I will need to expand on to gain a full understanding of its utility. Coming from a PHP background, I would have liked to see more information about coupling Flex or Air on the front end with the Zend framework. Although this book does cover server side integration with Java, PHP and SOAP, it does not go into detail pertaining to the Zend framework. This is not a criticism since the book is primarily focuses on advanced Flex concepts. I appreciated the coverage of Flash security.

    In Summary, I do think this book has helped me advance my understanding of the Flex framework and covered a number of topics that I was not very familiar with prior to reading Flex 4. I consider myself to have an intermediate understanding of Flex and found this book an easy read. I was able to follow the code examples without problems. There are some advanced topics covered in this book which might challenge the beginner to Flex, however, I think with some supplemental reading every level of Flex developer can gain something from this book.

    AdvancED Flex 4

    DMV10-17 14:33

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