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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe; 1 edition (27 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321529189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321529183
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,018,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part of the Adobe Training from the Source series, the official curriculum from Adobe, developed by experienced trainers. Using project-based tutorials, this book/CD volume is designed to teach the techniques needed to create sophisticated, professional-level projects. Each book includes a CD that contains all the files used in the lessons, plus completed projects for comparison. In the course of the book, the reader will build several Web applications using Flex Builder incorporating MXML and ActionScript 3.0. This title covers the component framework for Rich Internet Applications, Adobe Flex 3.0. New Flex 3 features covered in this edition are: the advanced DataGrid, Data Connectivity Wizards, Modularizing the Flex application, and options for deploying your Flex project with AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime).

About the Author

Jeff Tapper has been developing Internet-based applications since 1995, and is a certified master Instructor for all of Adobe's Flex, ColdFusion, and Flash courses. Michael Labriola is a Senior Consultant and Project Lead for Digital Primates, Inc., where he has been working with Flex since the 1.0 beta. Matthew Boles is the Technical Lead for the Adobe Customer Training group and has been developing and teaching courses on Flex since the 1.0 release. James Talbot has been with Adobe for 6 years and has extensive experience developing Flex authorized courseware as well as the certification exams.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Sept. 2008
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If, like me, you like the idea of leveraging the Flash/Flex technology for desktop applications and you've had a look through the Adobe online training resources but don't have a clear picture in your mind of how you would go about building a full scale application then this is the book for you. It walks you through the process of creating an online grocery store introducing the various concepts to you in a controlled and well thought through sequence. You will find yourself rewriting code as you go but this serves as an excellent way to highlight some poor practices whilst demonstrating best practice techniques. You will find that you gain in confidence as you work through the chapters needing less and less spoon feeding until you gain enough confidence to make some improvements of your own here and there. By the end, you will be eager and ready to start building your own applications.

There are a handful of mistakes in the book but none of them cause any major difficulties (apart from step 7 on page 580 of chapter 23 which should refer to the file named PrintingTask1.mxml not SortingADG.mxml - well we all make copy-and-paste errors). The accompanying disk provides before and after code for each lesson which is great if you run into difficulties or wish to skip chapters (which I would not recommend).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Powell on 22 July 2009
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This is an amazingly good book that provides extremely good step by step processes.

Some of the steps at the beginning can seem a bit strange if you have coded Object Oriented code before, but in later chapters the flat coding style is changed into a much more OO application.

Each section gives you an initial explanation of what the chapter will teach you, as well as the estimated time that it should take. So in all there is 40+ hours of training.

The only problem that I found with the projects is that it required that you have an internet connection, to connect to all the xml files that define your catalogue of products. I corrected this by installing Apache server 2.2 on my machine and put the xml files on that server. I therefore could work through the training without constantly being connected to the web.
The xml files are not provided on the CD either (they should have been).

This book also seems to provide much more detail for its money than the "Classroom in a book" adobe series. It is twice the size too.

In all this is the best book of its kind I have read. If you are interested in learning Flex 3, then this is a great starting point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Johnson on 16 Mar. 2010
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As mentioned by previous reviewers, this book is excellent, well structured, easy to follow and leads you by the hand and gently releases you as the book progresses. A lot of thought has gone into how to explain things and highlighting potential pitfalls. It really does take you through by telling you, in written english first what you are going to do eg create a private method called xyz which returns void and accepts these params. It then shows you the correct code so you learn as you go, it then explains what this code is for/does and more importantly, why it is needed.

There is quite a bit of 'write this section of code' which is then re-written later in a more re-usable manner but this is actually a great way to learn how the application is being built and then learning how to do it efficiently.

An experienced programmer may find it a bit too basic in the early stages but stick with it, it does take you right through the building of an online grocery store.

Only -ve is the latter chapters tend to be a bit thinner on explanation, however, there is no detracting from the amount you will learn from this book and more importantly, your understanding of how to really use Flex.
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If you're looking for a no-nonsense, hands-on introduction to Flex 3, "Adobe Flex 3: Training From the Source" is a good starting point. The book is organized into a number of chapters, each of which contains a specific tutorial to help teach the topic of that chapter.

All of the tutorials revolve around the development of a grocery store e-commerce application starting right from the initial design. The benefit of this approach is that it reinforces how each of the chapters builds on what you learned in previous chapters to really flesh out the app. The downside is that it's not a particularly sexy RIA, though if you're an organic grocer you may beg to differ.

Helpfully, the book provides estimates of how long the chapters should take to complete; if you're already comfortable with coding of some sort - ActionScript, etc. - you may find that it doesn't take you quite as long to complete a chapter. Even so, I found the estimates to come in handy if I had only a limited period of time to spend with the book, so that I could judge how much I could accomplish.

One particular nit I have with the book is that in the discussion of the code, the book will present a few lines of code, explain what they do, present another few lines and explain those, and so on. I found this to be a little disjointed, and would have preferred to have a solid block of code presented to me that I could read through myself, then read the explanation. This usually means a little more flipping back and forth between the pages, but I prefer to see all of the code in context before reading the explanation.

All in all, I think this book has provided me with a solid foundation in Flex, but at the same time will be a book that I refer to repeatedly down the road. Give this one a look.
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