- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Adobe Developer Library; 1 edition (2 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 059615416X
- ISBN-13: 978-0596154165
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.2 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Enterprise Development with Flex: Best Practices for RIA Developers (Adobe Developer Library) Paperback – 2 Apr 2010
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About the Author
Yakov Fain is a Managing Director at Farata Systems, a company provides consulting and training services. He authored several books on Java and Flex and dozens of articles on software development. Sun Microsystems has nominated and awarded Mr. Fain with the title of Java Champion, which was presented to only a hundred people in the world. Yakov is Certified Adobe Flex Instructor. He holds MS in Applied Math. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Victor Rasputnis is a Managing Principal of Farata Systems. He's responsible for Farata consulting and mentoring practice, providing architectural design to companies implementing RIA with Adobe Flex, Air and Livecycle technologies. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Robotics. Victor is Certified Adobe Flex Instructor. Victor lives in New York with his wife Aziza and his daughter Alice. He likes playing tennis and skiing with his friends. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Anatole Tartakovsky is a technology consultant, emerging technologies enthusiast and problem solver. He is a Managing Principal of Farata Systems and is responsible for creation of frameworks and reusable components. Prior Anatole played roles as Technology Consultant, Project Manager, CTO, and Mentor for various enterprises. Anatole authored number of books and articles on Flex, AJAX, XML, and client-server technologies. His education includes MS in mathematics and post graduate work in Expert Systems. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Customer Reviews
I found that some chapters didn't really follow on from each other, so the book to some extent can be read non-linearly. Chapter 4 in particular could be more of the kind of thing a project manager would read or someone looking to setup a project, whilst the remaining chapters would appeal to the more technical audience like architects/project leads.
- There are some really great enhancements the guys did to make Flex components more useful.
-Great discussion on design patterns
- Extensive references to useful links for other projects in the Flex ecosystem througout the book.
- There's some fantastic low-level discussion on things like protocols, threading/NIO, Messaging etc. The guys really know their stuff. In particular I was fascinated by Assembler design pattern /ChangeObject to track the delta changes in data and using these to fire off events. It was somewhat reminiscent of Datasets in the .NET arena. This was eventually used in chapter 9 on AIR (v 1.5 - not 2, but features in 2 got an overview: More AIR context than the Flex 4 cookbook) to allow data resynchronisation when an offline system was hooked up again to the central server.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Authors provided me with very helpful suggestions on how to equip the project - choice of IDEs, testing practices, logging utilities, available component libraries, on how to make an application light weighted, efficient, secure and lot, lot more...
The book is equipped with multiple invaluable code examples.
I think that this is the must-have book for serious Flex developers.
The theoretical coverage is good but detailed implementations are inadequate.
There were a few points I didn't really like as well. First, the book starts up comparing Flex frameworks and talking about some design patterns. I'm taking the point of view that the book is supposed to cover advanced topics for advanced Flex developers, so the target audience should already have a good handle on these things...so the first couple of chapters are basically wasted content, and could have been put to better use (did we really need a section on embeddng content with SWFObject?)
Second, it felt like a good chunk of the book covered messaging with LiveCycle, and had an overall Java-centric slant to it. I guess in this case it's just a matter of what the author's typical development scenario is like versus my own. Some parts were irrelevant, but generally when I see too much of a Java influence in these books and tutorials and such, my eyes tend to glaze over and I really start to tune out. I really would have like to seen more focus on things like custom Ant builds and continuous integration...generally an expansion on a lot of the content of chapter 4 that was glossed over.
Overall though, great job by the authors. Great tips, great code samples...if you're doing, or are looking to do, any sort of serious Flex development beyond the basics I'd highly recommend it.
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