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Flex 4 in Action

Tariq Ahmed, Dan Orlando, John C. Bland II and Joel Hooks
  • November 2010
  • ISBN 9781935182429
  • 640 pages
  • printed in black & white
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Flex has grown from just a way to build Flash apps into a rich ecosystem, and Flex 4 introduces new UI components, better performance monitoring, and speed enhancements to the compiler.

Flex 4 in Action is a comprehensive tutorial that introduces Flex to web designers and developers. It starts with the basics—forms and data—and moves through core concepts like navigation, drag-and-drop, and events. Even if you're new to Flex, this book is all you'll need to make your apps pop using the new Spark components, data services, charting, special effects, and more.

what's inside

  • How to architect your applications
  • Use charting to build interactive dashboards
  • Improve productivity with network monitoring and unit testing
  • Give your apps a unique look with themes and skins
  • And much more

about the reader

Readers of this book need basic development skills, but no previous experience with Flex.

about the author

Tariq Ahmed is an accomplished web application pioneer with over 15 years of experience introducing next generation web technologies to companies such as Bell Canada and REUTERS. He was first to introduce eBay to Adobe Flex, and saw it proliferate to other teams. As an Adobe Flex Community Expert, Tariq evangelizes the technology and supports the community, particularly through his Community Flex (CFLEX.Net) site. He is currently the Manager of Product Development at Amcom Technology, managing a team of RIA Engineers and Business Intelligence Analysts.

Daniel Orlando is CEO at CreativeRIA and a recognized leader in the Flash Platform community. As a long time consultant, Dan's expertise on Adobe technology platforms is often called upon by industry leaders as well as publications such as IBM developerWorks, Adobe Developer Connection, and Amazon Web Services. Dan can also be found blogging regularly at DanOrlando.com.

John C. Bland II is founder of Katapult Media Inc. which focuses on software and web development using technologies such as ColdFusion, the Flash Platform, PHP, Java, the .NET Platform, and Objective-C (iPhone, Mac OSX, etc). Through Katapult, he works diligently on custom software and web products for small and large clients throughout the world. As a 2009 Adobe Community Expert, John continues put back into the community which helped mold him into the developer he is today. John blogs regularly on his Geek Life blog: www.johncblandii.com.

Joel Hooks is a Flash Platform developer with experience in Actionscript 3, Flex, and Python. Joel spent the first 13 years of his professional career as a 3d animator and graphic designer working on computer based training applications from that perspective. His interest in programming goes as far back as "TELL TURTLE" and he has always been interested in the technological challenges related to developing software. With the introduction of Actionscript 3, Joel finally found a platform that allows him to architect useful tools while fully leveraging his experience as a visual artist. Joel is passionate about technology and enjoys exploring the landscape of frameworks, libraries, and tools that make his work constantly fun and challenging.

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No question is left unanswered, no facet unexplored.

Peter Pavlovich, Kronos Inc.

A great book for both beginners and experienced Flex developers.

Kevin Schmidt, Adobe Systems, Inc.

The lessons are memorable, witty, and very relevant.

Zareen Zaffar, Amcom

Completely demystifies building rich user interfaces.

Rick Wagner, Acxiom Corp.

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