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The long-stale page metaphor for Web sites is finally dying out, replaced by the single-screen rich-Internet apps that Flash MX 2004 is at last bringing to the mainstream. To stay ahead of the curve¿and to start creating the kind of Web sites you used to only dream of¿you need this guide. In these pages you'll learn how to create the sites that more and more companies are demanding¿the kind that pull complex data from multiple sources for delivery via a single Web interface, so that users can perform multiple ...
The long-stale page metaphor for Web sites is finally dying out, replaced by the single-screen rich-Internet apps that Flash MX 2004 is at last bringing to the mainstream. To stay ahead of the curve¿and to start creating the kind of Web sites you used to only dream of¿you need this guide. In these pages you'll learn how to create the sites that more and more companies are demanding¿the kind that pull complex data from multiple sources for delivery via a single Web interface, so that users can perform multiple functions from a single screen. The focus here is on building the Flash MX 2004 front end to work with that complex data. You'll learn how to structure applications to eliminate page refreshes while reducing download time, build real-time and time-delayed applications with Flash Communication Server, integrate technologies like Flash Remoting and Macromedia Central, and more. You can even download all of the source files form the book's companion Web site.
|1||Replacing Web Pages with Applications||11|
|2||Designing Flash Applications||29|
|4||Working with Complex Data||91|
|6||Basic Data Exchange||135|
|7||Exchanging Data with Outside Services||187|
|8||Foundation Communication Server||227|
|9||Advanced Communication Server||275|
|11||Quality Assurance and Debugging||339|
|13||Building a Code Library||401|
Posted November 4, 2003
At first glance of Macromedia Flash MX 2004 for Rich Internet Applications I noticed that the book is not meant to be a complete reference for Flash MX 2004 or ActionScripting. Finally I had a book in my hands that isn¿t a 1400 page terse reference manual. Flash MX 2004 for Rich Internet Applications at 460 pages is very convenient and easy to hold. Thank goodness for that as I have read through so many 1400 page reference books lately that my wrists are about to explode. This book will really strike a nerve with intermediate Flash MX 2004 developers who already have some basic understanding of ActionScript and the Flash MX 2004 interface. I enjoyed the small snippets of code with easy to understand explanations. It¿s a real source of relief to me that it doesn¿t require writing 2,000 lines of code just to get an understanding of how a small function works. The book is written as if the author knew ¿just¿ the code I needed to get many important tasks done and he presents it in a way that gives direct explanation and a flexible snippet of code that is also reusable. Of the most interest was Chapter 5 `Presenting Data¿ which has some really good examples of how to work with html and css styles inside of flash to present data in a consistent form. Also standing out is Chapter 6 `Basic Data Exchange¿ which covers using flash to store user information and manipulate your flash movies in some creative and interesting ways. It also covers the use of XML specifically in the Flash MX 2004 interface which is nice. Another mentionable is Chapter 10 `Production Techniques¿ which is full of time saving and useful tips to using flash. This chapter is really worth the price of the book if you don¿t have a vast network of flash developers to tap into for the 411 on how to use Flash MX 2004 in a production environment. All said and done, after I finished reading Flash MX 2004 for Rich Internet Applications it was hard to believe that this book could pack so much useful information into such a small package but it did just that for me. It was a pleasure to read, interesting and full of information. We highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2003
Okay, so I usually don't bash books. I will do my best to continue that trend here. This book is written in a `stream of conscious¿ style that becomes fairly rough to read after a few dozen pages. The author conveys genuine interest in the topic; however, the overview presented here is better suited for an executive who needs to understand a birds-eye view of the concepts rather than any real detail. Developers with knowledge of previous versions of Flash should not handle this book. It does not provide enough detail to enhance your experience with 2004. The author includes a section about `Who this Book is not for¿, so I would like to add on to this list. This book is not for developers. This book is not for individuals looking to migrate into Flash MX 2004. This book is not for those that would like to understand what makes Flash 2004 different. Lastly, on a personal side note, I dislike strongly when books of this nature are not technically sound. My favorite part of the book occurs on page 88, when the author refers to using the localhost, an important networking concept for anyone that might be considering Internet Application development. The author implies that localhost and 192.168.1.1 are equivalent and then goes on to say `Don¿t ask me why, but sometimes the second option works when localhost fails, even though they should be the same.¿ It saddens me that I paid money for misinformation that could have been caught by anyone who has ever even taken an intro to networking course. Save your money and your sanity. If I could return this book, it would already be back.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.