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Learning Flex 4: Getting Up to Speed with Rich Internet Application Design and Development (Adobe Developer Library)

Learning Flex 4: Getting Up to Speed with Rich Internet Application Design and Development (Adobe Developer Library) [Kindle Edition]

Alaric Cole , Elijah Robison

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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, you’ll learn how to enhance user interaction with ActionScript, and create and skin a user interface with Flex’s 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.

  • Work with Flash Builder 4 and the Eclipse IDE
  • Learn the basics of ActionScript, MXML, and FXG
  • Design a Flex application layout
  • Build an engaging user interface
  • Add interactivity with ActionScript
  • Handle user input with rich forms
  • Link Flex to a server with PHP and MySQL
  • Gather and display data
  • Style applications and add effects, filters, and transitions
  • Deploy applications to the Web, or to the desktop using Adobe AIR

About the Author

Alaric Cole has worked with the Flash Platform since the introduction of ActionScript itself. An early adopter of Flex, he has created rich enterprise applications, interactive media, and advanced framework components. A former Yahoo! employee, Alaric worked on the YUI team to bring the power of Flash to JavaScript. His current ventures have been developing mobile apps, designing for his bicycle company, and revolutionizing digital cinema.

Elijah Robison is completing a Master of Science degree in Geospatial Sciences from Missouri State University. As a graduate assistant, he built several hydrologic assessment utilities for ESRI's ArcGIS platform. Currently he works as a programmer with VillaGIS, Inc., where he helps develop mapping applications using Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR. Elijah brings a fresh perspective in Flex that helps to demystify the technology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12168 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Adobe Developer Library; 1 edition (2 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FGMTZ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to get started 12 Mar 2012
By Michael Doyle - Published on
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This book really helped get me started with Flex. I had some Flash and ActionScript experience, but I was not advanced. This book helped me learn what I needed to know and is a great place to start.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Clear Start with Flex and Flash Builder 17 Nov 2010
By Brett Merkey - Published on
I have to admit having high expectations of a tech book that begins with a quote from Dostoyevsky! So far, I am very pleased with my progress through the book and I recommend it for other Flex/Flash Builder newbies like me. The target audience as described by the authors is "for anyone learning Flex, but we focused on those completely new to software development."

The move from the tools (or lack of them) of the generic Web with its HTML structure and CSS stylesheets, to the Adobe Flash Builder environment requires a certain change in approach. Cole and Robison pretty much ease that transition and even leverage off it. Many of us being introduced to Flash development are certainly not strangers to Web development.

The book has a sparse but serviceable companion site where the code for the 16 chapters that require it can be downloaded. The authors reinforce the value of the book for beginners by including three appendices that deal with issues not directly related to the subject matter but still important: Setting up various development environments and MySQL and PHP basics.

The book content flow is well-illustrated. One extra I appreciate is the effort put into the typographic conventions used for the code listings. Code emphasis and edits are very clear.

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Flex 4 Learning Book 3 Dec 2010
By Dan McKinnon - Published on
'Learning Flex 4: Getting up to Speed with Rich Internet Applications' is a great guide for anyone looking to learn or improve their Flex 4 skills. A collaborative book between O'Reilly and Adobe, this text is a perfect buy for anyone that wants to get their feet wet with this new and exciting technology or just needs a refresher in the basics of how to build Web 2.0 applications.

After 4 versions, the Flex environment is really beginning to come into its own, and it is much easier now to build apps than ever before! With 450+ pages of material spread over 18 chapters of color goodies, this will get you up and GOING in NO time at all.

The Flex platform is perfect for building self-contained apps which are netcentric, modern and efficient. If you are looking to build a new web app you owe it to yourself to take a look at this technology and this is the perfect first step to take!

4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to learning Flex, just as the title says 15 April 2013
By Funmi Fayanju - Published on
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this book gave me an effective intro, enabling a quick grasp of how Flex can be used for real-life application development.
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Flex 4 does it again 19 Dec 2010
By S. Shanbhag - Published on
If you have read the earlier book, "Learning Flex 3 by Alaric Cole", you pretty much have an idea of the quality of work. This book lives up to that name and offers some delightful upgrades.

For a beginner, the world of Flex is very daunting and confusing. If you want a perfect book that assumes very little about your Flex background, this book lays the foundation for you to grow into a great Flex developer.

After you have been through the first 17 chapters and have mastered the contents, naturally the question arises as to where to go from here. Chapter 18 addresses exactly that. I was delighted to read quite a few new things like the "AlivePDF" library for generating client-side PDF files, the Facebook API, Google Map integration, etc.
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