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Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4 Bible Paperback – 9 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Psc edition (9 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470488956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470488959
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 5.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′A complete, clear and useful text from the beginner to the more expert user.′ –; Sept, 2011

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Master these skills and flex your development muscles

Deliver rich applications for the Web or desktop with Adobe′s new Flash Builder 4 integrated development environment, Flex 4, and the comprehensive tutorials in this packed guide. You′ll first get up to speed on Flex basics and Flash Builder 4′s new development tools. From there, learn how to use Flex 4′s new Spark component skinning capability, deploy desktop apps with AIR, model and manage data, integrate your app with popular application servers, and much more!

  • Understand the differences between Flex and Flash development

  • Master Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4 fundamentals

  • Create and use custom MXML components in a Flex application

  • Work with text, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and layout containers

  • Integrate your Flex apps with BlazeDS, Java, ColdFusion, and PHP

  • Create cross–operating system desktop applications with AIR

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  • Master all the tools in the Flex 4 SDK
  • Integrate with BlazeDS, ColdFusion, and PHP
  • Rapidly develop cross–platform Web apps

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview - far from a Bible 10 Jun. 2010
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This book is very well written and David is clearly an excellent educator, as his videos reveal. I would highly recommend both this book and the video series as a basic introduction to Flash Builder/Flex 4. However, I feel the term 'Bible' is a fairly serious misnomer. The book provides an overview, but goes into very little detail on any given subject. Once you start actually using Flex to create a project, you're going to run into LOTS of questions. How do I clear a form? How do I effectively make multiple HTTPService requests from a single instance of the class? Does a TitleWindow have to be popped up before its public properties and methods are available? How do I create skinnable icon button with no label? What are the rules for use of the various meta tags (Bindable, Embed, etc)? How do I make an MVC app in Flex? How do I create a custom data service?

Flex is a VERY large and deep program and no single volume could possibly hope to cover it completely. I just want you to be prepared to purchase another book soon after reading this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Work 31 Dec. 2010
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I used this book for a final project that I had to do as part of my graduate study. Let me first mention that at the time of starting to read this book, I didn't know anything about Flex or Flash Builder. This book brought me up to speed on these two quickly. I found it to be a relatively easy read (compared to other books). I came from a Java programming background and found that Flex is different from other technologies out there. I ended up using Flex frontend with Java backend and I was able to put together an application relatively quickly. If you are already proficient with a server side language, you will be in a position to write Flex applications quickly. This book also shows how to integrate with Flex with different server side languages (PHP, Java etc.) although I have to say I did find the book to be somewhat weak in this area for Java though. That's why I am giving this book 4 stars. I supplemented this book with couple of online tutorials on Adobe's website which have a good coverage of this topic. My application turned out so well that my professor at the university complimented me on it. For those who are students, you don't need to buy Flash Builder (which is an Eclipse plug-in), but you need to submit your student credentials to Adobe (search for the link on Adobe's site using Google) and then Adobe will send you the serial numbers in a day or two. There is enough detail for beginners and intermediate users. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good resource 10 May 2013
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After trying a couple of the simpler books on Actionscript, I finally got the 'bible' and it is well worth it. It not only introduces concepts well, fills in most of the blanks, and covers what a lot of other books don't, it's also a wonderful reference to have on the shelf. If you only get one book on Flash development, get this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 18 Aug. 2016
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Too much information about flash animations
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good source for the beginner or experienced 19 Jun. 2010
By Ray Galyon - Published on
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For the beginner, this is a great place to get started. For the experienced Flex developer this is a good reference for review. The sections on working with data and application servers is particularly useful. I also own the previous edition of this book, and in this edition Gassner has made some good improvements.
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