Reality Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX: Strategic Solutions for Online Interaction

Author: William B. Sanders, Bill Sanders
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ISBN: 0321179145
Publisher: Macromedia Press (22 April, 2003)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 65,280
Average Customer Rating: 4.45 out of 5

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Customer Reviews

Rating: 5 out of 5
Programming Indeed
Maybe I'm not a typical FlashCom user as far a programming background is concerned. I'm a Java programmer with a little experience in Flash. I don't write reviews because I don't believe most of the ones I read anyway and this one is simply in response to one of this book that was factually inaccurate.

I've looked at 2 or 3 books that have some information about FlashCom, and this is the best by far. The reason I like this book is because it is pure programming. It contains no FlashCom components at all. Period. I have no idea why a reviewer would say otherwise. (Maybe he's confused this book with another book.)

Coming from Java, I thought FlashCom would be a piece of cake. It is not (despite what a favorable review claims). You need to coordinate ActionScript, Client-side ActionScript and Server-side ActionScript. I liked the real-world examples in this book and each of the five applications brought together the different versions of ActionScript. The authors used procedural programming rather than OOP. However, in going over the code (and adding my own changes)it is not poorly structured.

I am not a big fan of this book's format. It goes through the details of dealing with clients, which in my work, I avoid. (We have reps that do that.) I wish that space had been used for more scripts and apps. However, the processes described are real and people who like that kind of stuff will like the book.

Like I said, THIS BOOKS CONTAINS NO FlashCom components, and I'd hate to see it passed over because of a wildly inaccurate review.

Rating: 1 out of 5
As a programmer, I thought this book was awful
I researched a few books online covering FCS and was sold on this one after reading the high reviews. I purchased the book and went through the entire thing in about an hour and gained nothing more than what I have learned from the Macromedia documentation and online resource center. NOTE: I was going into this expecting to learn more about how Flash and Flash Comm Server work together to better code applications between them. This book shows a few simple examples of how to use the built-in components. I strongly recommend NOT buying this book. I was was surprised to see all the high ratings when I came back to add my review, so be sure to read those as I am one of the few that is dissatisfied with this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Complete Package
This book dots all the i's and crosses all the t's for me. The book itself is well done with applications that actually work and represent an excellent cross-section of what FCS does. The artwork is top notch, and the stories are lots of fun and resonate with clients I've had. (I swear one was identical.)

What makes this book stand out, in my opinon, is that the author really took the trouble to support the reader. A couple of emails I sent got immediate responses, and all of the apps in the book were available for downloading at the author's site. (The book is divided into 5 parts, and each part has an applicaiton.) When I went to download the book example apps, they were all there. In addition, the author put up 3 more apps -- a 60% "bonus" for the reader. So instead of getting 5 applications, I got 8. So the book and the author support make a complete package, something all too rare today.

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