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Learning Flex 4: Getting Up to Speed with Rich Internet Application Design and Developmentby Alaric Cole
Synopses & Reviews
The best way to showcase a powerful new technology is to demonstrate its real-world results, and that\'s exactly what this new Cookbook does with Adobe Flex 3.
Wide ranging and highly practical, Flex 3 Cookbook contains more than 300 proven recipes for developing interactive Rich Internet Applications and Web 2.0 sites. You\'ll find everything from Flex basics, to solutions for working with visual components and data access, to tips on application development, unit testing, and using Adobe AIR.
You also get ideas from the development community. Through its Flex Cookbook website (www.adobe.com/devnet/), Adobe invited Flex developers to post their own solutions for working with this technology, and from hundreds of posts, the authors chose the best and most useful solutions to supplement Flex 3 Cookbook.
Each recipe inside provides a solution to a common problem, explains how and why it works, and offers sample code that you can put to use immediately. Topics include:
Whether you\'re a committed Flex developer or still evaluating the technology, you\'ll discover how to get quick results with Flex 3 using the recipes in this Cookbook. It\'s an ideal way to jumpstart your next web application.
In this book, the world's leading Flex 2 development professionals show off more than 200 real-world exercises for developing rich, interactive Web sites with Adobe Flex 2.
The only full-color introduction to Flex written for web designers and coders new to the Flex platform. Since Adobe released Flex 3, the market for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) developers and designers has grown in spite of the recession, and tools like Flex are making it easy for non-traditional developers to become a part of the process. With "Learning Flex 4," Yahoo!'s resident Flex guru, Alaric Cole, offers a hands-on step-by-step approach, so that beginners can begin creating apps with Flex immediately.
Learn Adobe Flex 4 in a fun and engaging way with this book's unique, hands-on approach. Using clear examples and step-by-step coaching from two experts, you'll create four applications that demonstrate fundamental Flex programming concepts.
Throughout the course of this book, youll learn how to enhance user interaction with ActionScript, and create and skin a user interface with Flexs UI components (MXML) and Adobe's new FXG graphics format. You'll also be trained to manage dynamic data, connect to a database using server-side script, and deploy applications to both the Web and the desktop.
Learning Flex 4 offers tips and tricks the authors have collected from years of real-world experience, and straightforward explanations of object-oriented programming concepts to help you understand how Flex 4 works.
Since Adobe released Flex 3, Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) have become so popular that the market for RIA developers has grown considerably. Now, Flex 4 makes it easy for designers and developers unfamiliar with RIAs to become a part of the process, and Learning Flex 4 provides step-by-step lessons to help beginners create apps with Flex immediately.
Written by Yahoo!'s resident Flex guru, Alaric Cole, this book offers you a hands-on approach to discovering exactly how Flex works. You'll learn the critical new features of Flex 4, such as user interface design, skinning, and other aspects aimed squarely at designers — including the way Flex integrates with the design tools in Adobe's Creative Suite.
Part of the popular Adobe Developer Library, Learning Flex 4 provides you with a clear, reliable, and authoritative way to learn Adobe's industry-leading RIA development tool.
About the Author
Alaric Cole has been working with Flash technologies since the introduction of ActionScript. Once Flex came on the scene, he has focused primarily on Flex development, creating enterprise applications with rich data visualization, interactive media, and advanced components. Alaric continues to use Flex in his daily work at Yahoo's prestigious Flash Platform team, leading development and consulting on the newest Flash and Flex projects across the company.
Elijah Robison recently completed a Master of Science program in Geospatial Sciences from Missouri State University. As a graduate assistant, he programmed several hydrologic assessment routines using Visual Basic inside ESRI's ArcGIS platform. Currently Elijah works as a GIS programmer with VillaGIS, Inc., and his core responsibility is designing internet maps using Flex technologies. Most of his exposure to Flex has been consuming 3rd party libraries, particularly the Google Maps API and HyperGIS. Elijah's initiate-level understanding of Flex will contribute an additional perspective for beginners and help demystify some of the challenges encountered when writing programs in Flex.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: Flex and ActionScript BasicsChapter 2: Menus and ControlsChapter 3: ContainersChapter 4: TextChapter 5: Lists, Tiles, and TreesChapter 6: DataGrid and Advanced DataGridChapter 7: Renderers and EditorsChapter 8: Images, Bitmaps, Videos, SoundsChapter 9: Skinning and StylingChapter 10: Dragging and DroppingChapter 11: StatesChapter 12: EffectsChapter 13: CollectionsChapter 14: Data BindingChapter 15: Validation, Formatting, and Regular ExpressionsChapter 16: ChartingChapter 17: SharedObjectsChapter 18: Working with Services and Server-Side CommunicationChapter 19: XMLChapter 20: Browser CommunicationChapter 21: Development StrategiesChapter 22: Modules and Runtime Shared LibrariesChapter 23: The Adobe Integrated Runtime APIChapter 24: Unit Testing with FlexUnitChapter 25: Compiling and DebuggingChapter 26: Configuration, Internationalization, and Printing
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