Synopses & Reviews
With this collection of proven recipes, you have the ideal problem-solving guide for developing interactive Rich Internet Applications on the Adobe Flash Platform. You'll find answers to hundreds of common problems you may encounter when using Adobe Flex, Flex 4 Framework, or Flash Builder, Adobe's GUI-based development tool.
Flex 4 Cookbook has hands-on recipes for everything from Flex basics to solutions for working with visual components and data access, as well as tips on application development, unit testing, and Adobe AIR. Each recipe provides an explanation of how and why it works, and includes sample code that you can use immediately. You'll get results fast, whether you're a committed Flex developer or still evaluating the technology. It's a great way to jumpstart your next web application.
- Using Spark Component
- Text Layout Framework
- Groups and Layout
- Spark List and ItemRenderer
- Images, bitmaps, videos, and sounds
- CSS, styling, and skinning
- States and Effects
- Working with Collections
- Using DataBinding
- Validation, formatting, and regular expressions
- Using Charts
- Services and Data Access
- Using RSLs and Modules
- Working with Adobe AIR 2.0
Adobe is working hard to position Flex (and its GUI-based development tool called FlashBuilder) as the go-to choice for virtually anyone to use for developing RIAs, which is why we anticipate an increased market for Flex learning resources in general.
Flex 4 Cookbook is the perfect resource for the working developer, no matter if you spend most of your time using open source tools, Adobe tools, or Microsoft tools. Dozens of problem/solution/explanation scenarios cover hands-on, tested methods for the most common things you'll need to build using Flex, Flex 4 Framework, or Flash Builder. Special emphasis is placed on the new components of Flex 4. Lots of tips and tricks in here, as well
Created in conjunction with Adobe's own Flex Cookbook website, by Flex developer community leaders Joshua Noble, Todd Anderson, and Garth Braithwaite, the highest emphasis has been paced on creating a learning resource BY the developer community, FOR their peers.
About the Author
Josh Noble, a consultant, freelance developer, and Rich Internet Application designer, has taught coding and electronics to art and design students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He works extensively with the tools discussed in this book, and teaches about their use in workshops and at colleges.
Todd Anderson is a Senior Software Developer in the Multimedia Platforms Group at Schematic Boston, and a co-author of "Adobe Air: Create - Modify - Reuse" (Wrox/Wiley).
Marco Casario used to program games in Basic for Commodore 64 before dedicating himself to Flash and Director projects for the Web. In 2005, he founded Comtaste, a company dedicated to exploring new frontiers in Rich Internet Applications and the convergence between the Web and mobile devices. He is founder of the biggest worldwide Flash Lite User Group and of AUG Italy, and the author of Flex Solutions: Essential Techniques for Flex 2 and Flex 3 Developers (FriendsofED). Marco has been a technical editor for Apress, Friends of ED, and WROX for books on Flash and Flex 2, and is a frequent presenter at conferences including Adobe Max, O'Reilly Web 2.0 Summit, and 360Flex Europe, among others.
Rich Tretola, an award-winning Flex developer, is the Rich Applications Technical Lead at Herff Jones Inc. He has been building internet apps for over a decade, and has worked with Flex since the original Royale beta was introduced in 2003. Rich is highly regarded in the Flex community as an expert in RIA, and is also an Adobe Community Expert. He has authored or co-authored a number of books on Flex and AIR, and has a popular Flex and AIR blog at Everything Flex.
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