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  • Paperback: 724 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2009 edition (2 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430215887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430215882
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,103,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marco Casario is one of the most dynamic developers and consultants in the Adobe world. He has been passionate about informatics since he was little more than a child, and used to program games in Basic for Commodore 64 before dedicating himself, while still very young, to innovative projects for the web using Flash and Director (as far back as versions 3 and 5). In 2001, he began to collaborate with Macromedia Italia. Since that year, he has produced and headed a long series of presentations, conferences and articles, which you can find listed in detail in his blog, RIAvolutionize the Web (, which is receiving several thousands of unique visitors every day. In 2005, Marco founded Comtaste (, a company dedicated to exploring new frontiers in rich Internet applications and the convergence between the web and the world of mobile devices; MobyMobile ( and YouThru ( are representative of their work. Marco is the is founder of the biggest worldwide Flash Lite User Group ( and of, a reference point for the Italian community of Adobe users, for which he carries out the role of channel manager for the section dedicated to Flex ( Marco is busy working on the development (in Flex) of a very ambitious project concerning bank counters at European level, and in various consulting and Flex and Flash Media Server training activities for the realisation of rich Internet applications on behalf of buyers of the calibre of Capgemini, IBM partners, and Adobe Systems Software Ireland, Ltd.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Gaunt on 3 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Nice idea to write a book on Air and Flash but very badly written. The examples are not explained very well if at all in places and the book assumes you have a very high level of Flash and ActionScript knowledge.

Many of the comments on Air commands are just reworded from the Adobe help files and not expanded on or demonstrated at all.

The structure of the book is very bad, jumping all over and repeating itself again and again.

If your an expert in ActionScript 3 and already used Air you might get something from this book (doubt it as you would already know it), else avoid!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Flash CS4, ActionScript 3 and AIR SDK 4 April 2009
By Diane Cipollo - Published on
Format: Paperback
Until now, if you wanted to create a desktop application, you needed to use a programming language such as C# and Visual Studio. Another option was to use a web language such as PHP and have your pseudo desktop application run through a web browser on your desktop. But with the newest release of Adobe Flash CS4 and AIR, we now have a much easier way to build desktop applications that perform the same across Linus, Mac OS and Windows. This book by Marco Casorio is a good way to learn the basics of working with Flash CS4, ActionScript 3 and AIR together. As you progress through the book, you learn how to build AIR projects, piece by piece, from layout design and creating each part of the application to debugging and publishing. You will need a good foundation of ActionScript 3 and have Flash CS4 and AIR 1.5 installed on your computer. You can download sample files for the book at the author's companion site

Casorio begins by discussing the new features in Flash CS4 and the AIR SDK. Next, you take a look at a few simple applications, a media player and a weather widget. You also discuss the startup process for building your application including the XML descriptor file, digital certificate and publishing parameters. Moving on, you begin to work with OOP classes that control the main features of your application window and its contents. The supporting examples are a photo gallery and a text editor that uses Flash components.

All applications have menus with commands to perform tasks such as controlling files on your local system. Casorio covers the many types of menus that you might want to add to your application and how to use ActionScript classes to create and program these menus. You also learn how to use the XMLMenu class to generate your custom menu from XML.

Moving on, you learn how to program your application to communicate with your local file system and control files, folders, dialog boxes, the clipboard and the drag and drop function. From here, you advance to the operating system and learn tasks such as launching an application on login or from a webpage, associating file types with your application and programming system alerts for both Windows and Mac. You will also learn about the AIR Webkit engine, the Acrobat Reader plug-in and how to control multimedia files.

Although most people will be reading this book to learn about making desktop applications, the author covers how to work with the AIR HTML engine to load, cache, display and manipulate HTML and JavaScript. You will use a template application as a starting point for creating applications with functions such as monitoring connectivity for working both on and off the web. Next, you will cover how to manipulate a database from your application. Finally, you will learn your options for publishing, distributing and installing your application.

Marco Casorio is an Adobe developer and consultant. He has authored several books on Adobe AIR and Flex.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Obsolete. No errata support. Incomplete supporting software. 24 July 2010
By Web Developer - Published on
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Obsolete, but still sold as new/useful:
The book covers AIR 1.5 when 2.5 is ready.

No errata support:
There are many links in the book (important ones, like how to programatically update your application) that are now dead. This happens in print material. But there is no web page containing updates to these dead links. The reader is left on their own.

Incomplete supporting software:
The book is based on lengthy code snippets. Often new concepts are covered by copying to new pages the complete routines/applications; only switching a parm or one API call to discuss different the different points -- perhaps to fill up pages?). The accompanying software download ( only contains a portion of the code in the book.

Most interesting, is there are some chapters in the software download that are 0 length files. For one example, in ch06p02; the .swf and main code are 0 length (empty) and the .fla has a seek error. How did this pass the book's technical edit review? And why hasn't it been corrected, working towards 2 years later?

The reader is left to type in large chunks of code directly from the book. The book code/accompanying software combo may useful as a typing tutor; but much less so as a code reference point.

An email to the author on this was ignored.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Essentail Guide to Flash CS4 Air Development 1 Aug. 2010
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The book is ok. But if you like to do some of the examples in this book, be aware that about 50% of them don't work. I contacted the author and publisher with no response.

I call this a "rip-off". And, this would be the last time I purchase a book from this author.
Fingers crossed for a CS5 3.0 version 29 Oct. 2011
By EricS - Published on
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I know people were disappointed in this book. If you're learning from scratch, this probably isn't the right manual. It did cover a lot of topics that I needed to know more about. The advantage of the book is that the material is all in one place (instead of searching 'how to...').
The code samples don't all work, but I did understand what was being attempted and made my own modifications. I hope for an Air 3.0 book from this group. Just fine tune it before it's released.
Two Stars 1 Oct. 2014
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