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Professional BlazeDS: Creating Rich Internet Applications with Flex and Java (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) [Paperback]

Shashank Tiwari
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2 Oct 2009 0470464895 978-0470464892 1
A hands–on guide to creating Rich Internet Applications (RIA) using BlazeDS BlazeDS enables you to easily connect to back–end distributed data and push data in real time to Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR applications in order to garner more responsive Rich Internet Application (RIA) experiences. It is a scalable option for Flex and Java integration and allows you to create excellent RIAs with both Flex and Java. This informative resource provides you with detailed examples and walkthroughs that explain the best practices for creating RIAs using BlazeDS. You′ll begin with the essentials of BlazeDS and then more on to more advanced topics. Along the way, you′ll learn the real–world concerns that surround enterprise–based Java and Flex applications. BlazeDS enables you to connect to back–end distributed data in order to garner more responsive Rich Internet Application (RIA) experiences Begins with an introduction to BlazeDS, and explains the necessary features for integrating new and existing Java data sources and applications with Flex–based RIAs Provides hands–on examples and addresses real–world concerns surrounding enterprise–based Java and Flex applications Serves as a comprehensive walk through for creating RIAs using BlazeDS If you′re looking to create rich, productive, and engaging applications, then this book is for you. Note: CD–ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox Press; 1 edition (2 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470464895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470464892
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,367,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Use BlazeDS to create exceptional rich applications with Flex and Java BlazeDS is a popular, open source web application that can successfully be deployed into a Java application server, making it an ideal option for Flex and Java integration. With this comprehensive resource, you′ll walk through the process of creating Rich Internet Applications (RIA) using BlazeDS. After a look at BlazeDS basics, the book then moves on to explain how to configure, customize, and extend BlazeDS in order to integrate with new and existing Java data sources and applications with Flex–based RIA. Explains how to install BlazeDS from source as well as its compiled distributions Demonstrates ways to make user interfaces engaging and effective Introduces techniques for intercepting for control and management Features tips for configuring a remoting service and a destination Reviews remoting communication flow and remoting related classes, components, and modules Includes coverage of testing and debugging Flex and BlazeDS applications Shows how to extend BlazeDS with custom adapters and factories to connect to enterprise Java resources. Discusses methods for leveraging JPA and Hibernate with Flex Delves into the topic of communicating real–time via messages Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real–world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job. Programmer Forums Join our Programmer to Programmer forums to ask and answer programming questions about this book, join discussions on the hottest topics in the industry, and connect with fellow programmers from around the world. Code Downloads Take advantage of free code samples from this book, as well as code samples from hundreds of other books, all ready to use. Read More Find articles, ebooks, sample chapters and tables of contents for hundreds of books, and more reference resources on programming topics that matter to you. wrox.com

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Shashank Tiwari is a technology entrepreneur, speaker, author, and innovator. He is currently a managing partner & CTO at Treasury of Ideas (http://www.treasuryofideas.com), a technology–driven innovation and value optimization company.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A terse overview of working with BlazeDS 20 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
The book provides a reasonably good overview of BlazeDS. I think you can get almost as good content by watching some of the Adobe TV videos from Christophe Coenraets and some of the Spring/Flex videos that Jeremy Grelle has posted in relation to Roo/Flex integration.
Unfortunately the Hibernate/Flex coverage didn't go into the details I'd have liked. It mentions Gilead/dpHibernate, and a project the author is working on called usable.. - but I didn't see much progress on that one when I went looking for the code. I wasn't particularly fond of chapter 6, as the code fragments had too many missing pieces to see how variables were defined, so you'd have to resort to looking at the code download.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Consize overview of the product for a busy professional 19 Nov 2009
By Yakov Fain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Coming to Flex from a Java world, I clearly see two groups of people working on enterprise RIA projects:
1. People who know Java and J2EE and are novices to Flex
2. People who know Flex with a little understanding of what's going on on the server side (i.e. J2EE)

I'm interviewing lots of enterprise developers for various Flex/Java roles, and it seems to be a trend that most people do not understand internals of BlazeDS/LCDS. While you can definitely find bits and pieces of information on the subject by googling specific topics and going through the product documentation, this 300-page book is something that gives you the entire picture of Flex-BlazeDS-J2EE data flow. How many people know what's long polling and what why it's better than polling? How to configure channels and endpoints to use long polling with failover to polling? Can you push the data form the server to the client with BlazeDS? How can you modify and extend the communication layer of BlazeDS (front-end channels and server-side adapters)? What are the option of conneting BlazeDS with the ORM framework (Hibernate)?

This book gives you an overview of all these subjects with pretty simple to follow code samples. One of the reviewers wrote that he was falling to sleep while reading this book. Sure, it's a lot more interesting reading about developing flashy UI gadgets. Give me yet another Flex video player and a photo album application!

Unfortunately, there are boring areas in any Flex/Java enterprise application that can either turn your project either into a well performing stable RIA or put the server on its knees.

If you are looking for a fundamental manuscript on BlazeDS, this is not the book you need. But if you are a busy professional/tech lead/PM who needs to quickly get the big picture and understand what his/her options are, this book will definitely help you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 April 2010
By Bykov Rodion - Published on Amazon.com
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Very useful book for everyone working with Flex/AIR and remote data. If you ever wonder how Flash Remoting works from inside - this book is for you. BlazeDS is not only standalone Java server, but also comes bundled with Adobe Coldfusion 9 and Railo. Book will be helpful to Coldfusion/Railo developers to dig deeper into Flash Remoting and real-time messaging.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book that explained a lot of things which were difficult to understand earlier 5 Feb 2010
By D. Jain - Published on Amazon.com
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I had very little experience with BlazeDS. I could not find time to search the net for BlazeDS related information. I was looking for a book but most of them had bad reviews till I came across this one. I felt, I found the book which would help me come up to speed and also save time. I was right.

I read the other posts and it seems like people learn through different mediums. Some with a lot of images, some with sample code and some with a lot of text explanation. This book was perfect for me and I would highly recommend it if you are new to BlazeDS or remoting from Flex in general. There was one chapter that I felt was very basic. It talked about the Flex controls which could have been avoided. I would give the benefit of doubt to the author.

Hope the review helps.
1.0 out of 5 stars A very chaotic and generally bad book 15 July 2010
By James D. Boyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Let me start by saying that I understand that writing a book is really difficult. I wish the author success in his future endeavors, but as a customer I am very dissatisfied.

I was excited to get this book, but upon reading it I became much less enthusiastic. One of my biggest beefs with it is that the code is very poorly presented in the book. It also jumps around a lot. It is nearly impossible to sit down with this book alone and use the code in printed form to create a working example. The introduction to setting up a development environment is also terrible. I wish that I could get back my money and the time spent reading the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars indepth coveragess 15 Mar 2010
By K. Addaquay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
i must say this book really goes into the depths of blazeds. i have learned a ton from this book. my only frustrations were i hoped the java portions of the book were explained more since i am coming from a flex background. at times it got frustrating trying to understand how the java classes were structured...etc at times i would get errors because certain java classes were not imported because the sample in the book didnt show it. BUT at the same time it was great having to find these things out myself. overall, if you want to learn blazeds, i think this is one of the best books

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