Reality ColdFusion MX: Flash MX Integration

Author: Ben Forta, Randy Drisgill, Dennis Baldwin, Matt Tatam, Derek Lu
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ISBN: 0321125150
Publisher: Macromedia Press (23 August, 2002)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 33,152
Average Customer Rating: 4.07 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5
A different approach with good samples
Reality ColdFusion MX: Flash MX Integration was one of the first books to look at integrating two of the main MX products and did it from a different approach. Typically tech books walk you through code and act as a good tutorial and reference. This book presents 4 applications in case study fashion, which will disappoint some and please others. I recommend Reality ColdFusion MX: Flash MX Integration for those that have a good grasp of ColdFusion MX and an intermediate level of skill working within Flash MX's IDE. You may find the project methodology useful and if you are new to Rich Internet Applications, the sample applications will make a great starting point.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Strong Start, Weak Finish
With the myraid of new features available to Web developers who link together the Flash MX, ColdFusion MX, and Flash Communication Server MX products from Macromedia, there's a lot to be learned in very little time. I purchased this book to get a jump on both Flash Remoting and working with the Flash Communication server product. The book excells in its first two thirds, covering the construction of real-world applications which use Flash MX at their core. Some may be annoyed by the focus on the entire application development lifecycle and not merely on code, but I find this approach to be useful and refreshing. We all talk about use cases and requirements gathering, but very few of us working in small teams actually do it.

The book rapidly loses its way when it comes time to discuss interaction with the Flash Communication Server. Huge chunks of code go unexplained, and the text itself suffers from poor editing. My guess is that the book was written before the 1.0 version of FlashComm was released, and the desire to not discuss code that may have changed between draft submission of the book and release of the FlashComm server is painfully evident. If you're interested in FlashComm, take a look at his book on the Flash Communication Server instead.

Rating: 3 out of 5
Decent introduction, but it's only an introduction
This book provides an acceptable introduction to Flash Remoting with CF, but there isn't enough code or explanation to allow you to start on your own until after you've learned both CF and Flash well independently. Also, at least 80% of the book talks about methodology, fake meetings, requirements gathering, and stuff like that--not the stated purpose of the book.

If you have extra time, I think it's worth a read, but if you can't read everything you want to, you're better off concentrating on Flash and ColdFusion specific books.

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