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Flash Development for Android Cookbook
Flash Development for Android Cookbook
by Joseph Labrecque
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flash Dev Cookbook for Android a Winner, 31 Aug. 2011
All those Flash and Flex developers who are concerned about being sidelined by the mobile revolution need fret no longer. What they need to do is get a copy of the indispensible resource, Flash Development for Android Cookbook, by Joseph Lebracqu. As the title suggests, the book walks the reader through easy-to-follow exercises, each targeting a different , core aspect of mobile development. For example, chapter 2 is all about Actionscript Classses specific to the mobile experience, where there is no mouse. And so, we have Multitouch and Gesture Events. By Chapter 5, you are already ramped up to using audio and video, and tapping into the media stored on the Android device. And of course, tapping into the debice's GPS capabilities for creating uniquely mobile apps is also covered. Best of al -- and this cannot be emphasized enough -- the resulting apps are not simply running in the Flash player. The cookbook shows how to use the Air SDK running in conjunction with either Flash SC5.5 or Flash Develop 4.5 to compile your apps into native Android file format. The result are real Android apps--not just Flash Player running on an Android device. The only caveat here is that the reader must be at least intermediate level in Flash Actionscript 3. Knowledge of AS 3, and its events, functions and data-typing are assumed. That said, the material is logically presented and clearly explained, making it as easy as possible to follow this inherently advanced material. The reader will benefit greatly from owning a copy of Flash Pro CS5.5, and/or Flash Develop 4.5 (although it is possible to develop without these). Naturally, a current Android enabled device to test ones apps is also a must, preferably both a tablet and a phone. The serious-minded developer will also have to put the time in, but these are very worthwhile investments -- so roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive in to the world of Flash Development for Android.

Flash Game Development by Example
Flash Game Development by Example
by Emanuele Feronato
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding resource for anyone interested in Flash Actionscript, 20 May 2011
I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Flash, and also an Adobe Certified Instructor, so when it comes to Flash training manuals and books, I always look for two things: is the material useful (and the code clean), AND what level is the book geared toward? All to often, the best books come with just one catch: they are totally over the head of beginners. That is why I recommend Flash Game Development by Example. The projects are advanced, but no knowledge of Actionscript is assumed by the author: the explanations are so thorough that even beginners can keep up. Each of the book's nine chapters is devoted to a different stand-alone gamer classic, such as Concentration and Tetris. Despite the necessary complexity of some of the concepts, the author goes that extra mile by walking the reader line-by-line through the code, explaining not just what's going on, but providing background info and definitions that beginners need to keep up. With all these "teachable moments", even a Flash beginner could get through the book, and come out the other end a veritable Actionscript maven. Also importantly, the nuggets of code contained in this book are broadly applicable to a variety of Flash application development scenarios, so even those who aren't really gamers can benefit enormously from the material. In short, Flash Game Development by Example is an outstanding resource for anyone interested in Flash Actionscript, regardless of their current level of knowledge or application development aspirations. That is a rare combo, so if you're into Flash, this is sure to be one of those well-thumbed books on your shelf.

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