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Creating Mashups with Adobe Flex and Air (Friends of Ed Adobe Learning Library) (Friends of Ed Abobe Learning Library) [Paperback]

Chris Korhonen , David Hassoun , John Crosby
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29 April 2008 1590599365 978-1590599365
Web applications no longer need be powered by any one individual's data, and they don't need to be confined to the desktop. Developers can draw on a wealth of publicly available content, from providers such as Flickr, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Last. fm, and combine it for use in their own applications. Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) makes it simple to bring previously web-only applications to the desktop, allowing them to run alongside traditional applications on an end user's computer. In this book, you'll learn how to create mashup applications from the vast array of web services, feeds, and APIs using Adobe Flash and Flex together with HTML and JavaScript (Ajax). You'll be introduced to the various sources of information and the tools necessary to gather and reuse that information, and then you'll learn how to combine that content in a variety of ways. You'll learn how to have desktop applications interact with online services such as Flickr, you'll learn how to use Amazon S3 for enterprise-level data storage, and you'll embrace technologies such as OpenID. In addition, you'll create abstract visualizations based on music sourced from Last. fm and consume Twitter content via RSS. You will also see how to use the Flash-native data format SWX along with PHP to create a Yahoo! weather widget. You'll discover just why you may want to build a widget or a desktop application rather leaving things web-based; then you'll create an application using Flex Builder and AIR and learn how best to distribute it. With so many tools and so much data available, the possibilities for mashup creation are endless. Creating Mashups with Adobe Flex and AIR provides all you need to get you up and running quickly, while also giving you a solid understanding of the technologies involved so you can take things furtherto a place limited only by your imagination.

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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: friendsofED (29 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599365
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 19.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,403,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Chris Korhonen works as a software architect in Brighton, U.K. With a background in web development, he now specializes in developing rich Internet applications for financial services, with specific focus on creating engaging user experiences.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and up-to-date 19 July 2008
Creating Mashups with Adobe Flex and AIR is a book full of mashup examples. Mashups are applications that combine information from more than one source into a single application. Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR provide a solid platform that enables us, developers, to quickly and quite easily build mashup applications. You can embed Google, Flickr, Twitter, Amazon and more services into your code and the possibilities you have with mashups are endless. I have always been curious how to do things like that. How to get to know what to do to make use of existing third party services, APIs or RSSs in my applications. That is amazing but I have finally found the answer reading this excellent book. If you are curious how all those guys do that mashup things you should read this book, too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not ground breaking, but still OK 12 Nov 2011
By csabber
This book is definitely not for beginners. It is written for intermediate users, but I feel there is more to it than what was in the book. My biggest problem with this book was that it uses a lot of 3rd party AS libraries, and the authors automatically think that the reader knows everything in-and-out about the library. Well, we dont. There is very little explanation of whats and hows. For those who are interested in creating mashups it is a good startink point. What I liked the most is the theoretical explanation of creating mashups (eg.: the process of creating mashups)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better 21 Jun 2008
By Shantul Nigam - Published on
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This book starts out ok but after the first example, it goes downhill fast. Even while working on the first example, they constantly tell you to read the api's and never go into it beyond a superficial level.

Even the writing is pretty boring which makes this very hard to read...
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful for getting a quick overview; needs more details 14 Jun 2010
By Ivan Ilijasic - Published on
After few weeks of thinking, I decided to write my thoughts about this book. In the beginning this book made a quiet an impression but later this feeling started fading away and on the end I had pretty good pros and cons for considering giving this book a recommendation.

What happened and where this book succesed and failed?

The main topic of this book is connecting your Flex/AIR application with existing web services which you probably use almost every day/week. An introduction of this book is pretty common for all the books about Flex (except Flex cookbooks and Flex books for absolute beginners). If you have some experience with Flex, starting chapters could be boring and if you just started learning Flex, these chapters could help you but you'll need aditional information. If you have a decent history in web programming you could handle these chapters well.

After opening chapters comes an interesting part of the book in which you will learn how to create a fully functional and useful applications for handling Flickr and Technorati web services. I know, a lot of books cover these topics but examples in this book are really good and useful. From my experience, they are better than examples in some other books.

Chapter 6 made an excellent impression and I would recommend this chapter to any decent Flex developer. This chapter talks about performance management in Flex application. I'm sure you can find these information if you combine several web resources but here you can find trully excellent advice how to help your application to reduce memory and processor costs.
When you're done reading about peformance management, you'll get more information about debugging and creating debugging log. Again, really good topic.

Then book goes back again to connecting Flex to web services such as and Amazon Web services. These topics can be really useful.

After these chapters the book lost it's enthusiasm. Chapters about AIR are too short there are not enough pages to discuss about web applications on your desktop. I had a feeling that book was finished too soon. Last several chapters are not so detailed and if you want to create decent AIR applications, you need more material.

This book has it's glorious moments but at the end of reading it, these moments already faded away. Like I said, it has an excellent chapters about performance management, logging and debugging, has some cool examples for Flickr but there are so many pages that could have been used in a better way. If you are not convinced to buy this book, consider buying it with your colleague to share the costs because I think you need to read this chapter about performance management. I believe these 20-30$ will look pretty cheap if this chapter could help you to become a really good Flex developer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A bad book 14 May 2008
By Stephane Boudon - Published on
A small book with many chapters dedicated to what Flex does and doesn't. It's only after several chapters that the authors enter into the stuff suggested by the title. Said differently, for the newbie to Flex a way to fast introduction to it, for the Flex user a lot of useless content. I would strongly recommend NOT to buy this book.
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