Adobe Flex 3: Training from the Source

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Overview

Part of the Adobe Training from the Source series, the official curriculum from Adobe, developed by experienced trainers. Using project-based tutorials, this book/CD volume is designed to teach the techniques needed to create sophisticated, professional-level projects. Each book includes a CD that contains all the files used in the lessons, plus completed projects for comparison. In the course of the book, the reader will build several Web applications using Flex Builder incorporating MXML and ActionScript 3.0. This title covers the component framework for Rich Internet Applications, Adobe Flex 3.0. New Flex 3 features covered in this edition are: the advanced DataGrid, Data Connectivity Wizards, Modularizing the Flex application, and options for deploying your Flex project with AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321529183
  • Publisher: Adobe Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Series: Training from the Source
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Tapper has been developing Internet-based applications since 1995, and is a certified master Instructor for all of Adobe's Flex, ColdFusion, and Flash courses. Michael Labriola is a Senior Consultant and Project Lead for Digital Primates, Inc., where he has been working with Flex since the 1.0 beta. Matthew Boles is the Technical Lead for the Adobe Customer Training group and has been developing and teaching courses on Flex since the 1.0 release. James Talbot has been with Adobe for 6 years and has extensive experience developing Flex authorized courseware as well as the certification exams.
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Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Understanding Rich Internet Applications 2

Lesson 2 Getting Started 14

Lesson 3 Laying Out the Interface 38

Lesson 4 Using Simple Controls 68

Lesson 5 Handling Events and Data Structures 88

Lesson 6 Using Remote XML Data with Controls 114

Lesson 7 Creating Components with MXML 164

Lesson 8 Using Controls and Repeaters with Datasets 200

Lesson 9 Using Custom Events 230

Lesson 10 Creating Custom Components with ActionScript 3.0 256

Lesson 11 Using DataGrids and Item Renderers 278

Lesson 12 Using Drag and Drop 322

Lesson 13 Implementing Navigation 346

Lesson 14 Using Formatters and Validators 372

Lesson 15 Implementing History Management and Deep Linking 392

Lesson 16 Customizing the Look and Feel of a Flex Application 410

Lesson 17 Working with Web Services 444

Lesson 18 Accessing Server-Side Objects 472

Lesson 19 Visualizing Data 498

Lesson 20 Creating Modular Applications 530

Lesson 21 Deploying Flex Applications 548

Lesson 22 Creating Transitions and Behaviors 566

Lesson 23 Printing from Flex 576

Lesson 24 Using Shared Objects 596

Lesson 25 Debugging Flex Applications 608

Lesson 26 Profiling Flex Applications 630

App. A Setup Instructions 652

Index 658

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    Getting started in Flex

    If you are just becoming a developer of Flash applications or Rich Internet Applications going the Flex route is definitely one to check out. In Training from the Source, the authors walk you through an entire sample website that features a content rich shopping area with shopping cart, a fully working interactive item generator for that shopping area so that managers can update item offerings as they change, and finally an interactive area for sales tracking using several data rich charts. All the samples from the book fit together to make one comprehensive multifaceted application that would be great for basing future websites you plan on deploying on.

    The Shopping area is the main feature as this will be the content that future "shoppers/customers" would see. It features a categorized menu based off an external XML file rather than integrated flash content. This approach of using an external file is essential to being able to constantly alter the items that web-businesses would be interested in selling. By not integrating the various items that users can purchase there is no need to recompile the .swf file every time inventory changes and it also reduces the size of the .swf file to download faster. With ease to use drag and drop, that is a cinch to create following the tutorial on it, the site is really rather user friendly.

    Following the tried and true method of separating content from management Training from the Source recommends and employs the MVC design model. The book does not go into detail on why MVC is probably the best design approach but one can easily see that using that model allows for far more reusable code. The various components designed and explained in the book can be adapted to fit with several different project types from a shopping function to a sales tracker. The reduction of coding the same functions for the various applications allows a developer to get more done in the same time.

    Overall I found the book to be very helpful to the beginning Flex developer. The authors cover nearly every major component of the Flex interface and teach readers how to develop well planned and highly useful Flash websites. If you are just getting started as a web developer I recommend checking out both the Flex development environment from Adobe and in my opinion the "Un-official" training manual for Flex, Training from the Source.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Lacks Depth

    I found this book lacking. For a book coming from the source it was nothing more than an instruction manual on creating a shopping cart using Adobe AIR and Flex. It lacked depth in use of features in general practical programming development. <BR/><BR/>I wound up not being able to finish reading the book because the use I have for AIR and Flex wasn't in development of a shopping cart. <BR/><BR/>Using the examples I found it difficult to bring those applications into use I was planning. <BR/><BR/>This was the second book I purchased on AIR and now I have seven total, that is what it has taken and then hours of practical use to learn how to program in AIR and still I feel I lack the ability to utilize all the features of AIR to the full extent.<BR/><BR/>Regardless of what books you purchase, be prepared to spend time teaching yourself more than the books are able to give you.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

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    Overall a good book but wish that there is more covered on AIR

    I just finished reading and doing the exercises in Flex 3 Training from the Source. It is a good book overall. It gives enough details to make me want more of it. However, I wish that there would be more covered on AIR, especially on working with local databases and SQLite.

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