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Stephen Chin , Dean Iverson , Oswald Campesato , Paul Trani

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Book Description

1 Aug 2011 1430232315 978-1430232315

Did you know you can take your Flash skills beyond the browser, allowing you to make apps for Android, iOS and the BlackBerry Tablet OS? Build dynamic apps today starting with the easy-to-use Android smartphones and tablets. Then, take your app to other platforms without writing native code.

Pro Android Flash is the definitive guide to building Flash and other rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the Android platform. It covers the most popular RIA frameworks for Android developers—Flash and Flex—and shows how to build rich, immersive user experiences on both Android smartphones and tablets. You'll learn how to incorporate multimedia, animation, and special effects into your apps for maximum visual appeal. You'll also cover advanced topics, including input methods, hardware inputs, deployment, and performance optimization.

What you’ll learn

  • Deployment of Flash and Flex to Android
  • How to take your desktop RIAs and adapt them for mobile devices
  • How to integrate Android hardware inputs from the camera, GPS, compass, and accelerometer
  • How to build an immersive user interface using Android audio and video assets
  • How to integrate styling and artifacts from a professional designer
  • Best practices for mobile performance tuning and optimization

Who this book is for

This book is intended for developers who are looking to build rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the Android platform, especially Flash and Flex.

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing Mobile Flash  
  2. Targeting Applications for the Mobile Profile  
  3. Building Flash and Flex Applications for Android  
  4. Graphics and Animation  
  5. Application Deployment and Publication  
  6. Adobe AIR and Native Android Apps  
  7. Taking Advantage of Hardware Inputs  
  8. Rich Media Integration  
  9. The Designer-Developer Workflow
  10. Performance Tuning
  11. Beyond Mobile: Tablets and TV

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Open-source developer and agile manager Stephen Chin is founder of numerous open-source projects including WidgetFX and JFXtras, and senior manager at Inovis in Emeryville, California. He has been working with Java desktop and enterprise technologies for more than a decade, and has a passion for improving development technologies and process. Stephen's interest in Java technologies has lead him to start a Java and JavaFX focused blog that is targeted at early technology adopters (

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Intro to Flash! 11 Sep 2011
By F. Carretero - Published on
Pro Android Flash is a fantastic read whether you are a flash veteran or new to flash. This book is full of useful tidbits of information to understand and utilize flash. These tidbits include how to fully utilize Actionscript, Flash, and Flex! With helpful starter examples that can be practiced to fully utilize flash in Android. I am a new to flash in android and I have found some very useful examples of how to translate already existing android code into flash. I was especially intrigued by the Graphics and Animations chapter, this give you an overview of how to make absolutely AWESOME animations and graphics, I was blown away. However; that is not all there is in this book; there is a ton of fun to be had with this book! It has 426 pages of useful information relative to flash. If you're looking for an introduction to flash, then look no further and do yourself a favor and pick up this book! You will not be disappointed.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flash for apps - A solution 18 Aug 2011
By alyxmac - Published on
Despite its lack of implementation by Apple, Flash continues to appeal to developers, designers and mobile device users. The Abobe Flash CS5 release is packed with features that bring this development environment back into line with the best; especially for platforms and devices where Android is deployed. Development for iPhone is also included; by using Adobe Air, users do not need to have Flash Player installed at all.
This book takes you through the options for creating a new Android project. Firstly, it clearly illustrates and describes the Android architecture. Examples using Adobe Flash builder, Device Central and Flash Catalyst are included. This book is well worth consulting if you work with rich media and develop for mobile devices. It also simplifies the process for designers and developers to work together. This is a big plus!
An entire chapter introduces views; these are building blocks of most mobile devices. As an iOS developer, I notice the translation between the workflow of Android and iOS is simple; especially if a relevant resource like this is within easy reach. For programmers, both actionscript and MXML can be written and modified. The third chapter focuses on the interface: its components and deployment. The need to develop simultaneously for both Android and iPhone is critical and best done together rather than as separate projects. This book is good choice to have on hand.
Other chapters cover Graphics and Animation, Deployment, Hardware Inputs, Designer -Developer Workflow, Performance Tuning and more. Each chapter supplies sample code with explanations and commenting. If you have been looking for a great resource for multi-mobile development this is a great solution. It is not for beginners - you must be competent with various scripting languages and java to take full advantage of the goodies that this book offers.
1.0 out of 5 stars Even their souce files don't work! 1 Jan 2013
By G. Hermenau - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have worked with Flash Pro for 10 years, but not builder, still I have extensive actionscript knowledge/experience. THIS BOOK IS AS CLEAR AS MUD!!!

From the very first chapter it is clear there is something wrong. They throw snippets of code at you and expect you to know how to use them, with without explanation. There isn't any step-by-step instruction.

The book will tell you to run the GestureCheckHomeView.mxml as:

RUN > RUN AS > Mobile Application

However, Flash builder won't support that instruction.

Even their own source files don't work!
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