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The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development is a practical development guide to creating Flash applications with open source Flash tools and workflows. You will walk away with an understanding of what tools will best suit your current situation, making your development easier and more productive, and with the knowledge of how to install and set up some of the best tools available, including the following:
Open source Flash has been a revolution for Flash and has made a major impact on how people build Flash content. The open source tools available expand on Flash's existing tool set, enabling you to perform such tasks as easily create full 3D in Flash or hook up to an open source video-streaming server. Many of these useful tools are powerful yet lack documentation. this book explains in step-by-step detail how to use the most popular open source Flash tools.
If you want to expand your Flash tool set and explore the open source Flash community, then this book is for you. If you already use some open source Flash tools, then you will find this book a useful documentation resource as well as an eye-opener to the other tools that are available.
Ch. 1 Introducing the World of Open Source Flash 1
Ch. 2 Exploring Open Source Flash: What's Available 7
Ch. 3 Preparing an Open Source Workflow 19
Ch. 4 Using an Open Source Workflow 55
Ch. 5 Testing and Debugging 101
Ch. 6 Deploying Your Application 131
Ch. 7 Using AMFPHP 153
Ch. 8 Working with SWX: The Native Data Format for the Flash Platform 197
Ch. 9 Using haXe 227
Ch. 10 Fuse and GoASAP: Open Source Animation Tools 247
Ch. 11 Using Papervision3D 291
Ch. 12 Introducing Red5 309
Ch. 13 Building Some Red5 Apps 337
Posted January 12, 2009
As you probably know, the open source Flash community is mainly gathered around the osflash.org website. The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development is a collection of some of the best open source projects that run the whole gamut of the open sourced Flash world. It reveals a lot of detail on how these projects can be integrated into a consistent open source SWF workflow. It is amazing how many things can be done using open source tools. In the next paragraph there is a quick summary of what I have found in the book.<BR/><BR/>Chapter 1 (written by Aral Balkan) introduces the world of open source Flash. In chapter 2, Marc Hughes presents a brief introduction to some of the open source tools that are available. Many of them are presented in the book. Chapter 3 (Marc Hughes) covers installing and setting the open source tools necessary for Flash development. Chapter 4 (Marc Hughes) is about working with designers and other people using the open source workflow which was configured in chapter 3. In chapter 5 (Marc Hughes) you can find a nice introduction to testing and debugging ActionScript 2 and 3 projects using AsUnit, FlexUnit and Xray. First two provide a framework for unit testing. Xray provides a mechanism for logging and runtime inspection of SWF files. Chapter 6 (Marc Hughes) is devoted to embeding Flash-based applications in HTML pages as well as following best practices for organizing and deploying web content. In chapter 7, Wade Arnold explores AMFPHP, an open source gateway for easily connecting a Flash player-based application to PHP. While reading chapter 8 (R.Jon MacDonald) we learn about SWX, the native data format for the Flash Platform which is of great importance especially for Flash Lite developers. In chapter 9, Nicolas Cannasse talks about haXe, a high-level programming language for web development. In chapter 10, Moses Gunesch talks about Fuse and GoASAP, two open source ActionScript (2.0 and 3.0) libraries for coding animations. Chapter 11 is all about Papervision3D. Andy Zupko shows there how to configure and use this great open source ActionScript 3D environment. Chapters 12 and 13 are devoted to Red5 (Chris Allen, John Grden), an open source Java-based server which supports audio and video streaming. As you can see there is a lof of versatile stuff inside this book.<BR/><BR/>This book is awesome. It opens to the reader amazing world of the open source Flash treasures. It shows how to prepare and use a powerfull, useful and personalized Flash-based programming environment for free. It gives also a great opportunity to start being a part of the open source Flash community and maybe to start contributing. If you use commercial tools like Adobe Flash you can also benefit from this book by learning about internals and variety of solutions available for aware developers. I have learnt about many interesting open source tools I now use alongside commercial ones. One such a tool is ant. Another is FlexUnit to name just a few. I cannot live without them now. To sum it up, I have waited for such a book for a long time and now, when it is available, it is definitely worth buing and reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.