Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX
||Author: Kevin Towes|
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Publisher: Macromedia Press (12 December, 2002)
Sales Rank: 135,228
Average Customer Rating: 2.95 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
This book represents Flash Communication Server MX version 1.0. Currently version 1.5 is available, with new Flash UI Components. There are significant changes to some of the ActionScript and components from version 1.0 to version 1.5. These changes may cause the code examples in the book to fail. Please review the release notes from Macromedia if you are having problems with the exercises.
There are updates (errata) and free code samples on the book website: http://flashcom.pangaeanewmedia.ca. Flash Communication Server MX is a complicated product with a lot of moving parts. I strongly recommend downloading the chapter examples, and installing them on your computer as you follow through the book.
Flash Communication Server MX is a powerful product, and this book will help you get the foundation you need to build incredible video conferencing, messaging and always-on applications using the Flash player.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Typos and Errors and Ommissions, oh my!
Because this book, for the time being anyway, was essentailly my only option, I bought it. If you have any programming experience what so ever - especially any experience programming ActionScript, you will find this book tedious, repetative and slow moving. It tends to repeat itself every couple of pages and provide no truly useful figures or images, but is chock full of erroneous code and typos. I'm looking forward to replacing this book as soon a a new one on the topic can be found, and I would suggest it ONLY if you truly need some reference material on FlashComm now.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Erroneous code and a poor companion website
I had high hopes for this book especially since Jeremy Allaire wrote the foreword. What I discovered was that I had just bought a book that is FULL of errors. I was unable to get ANY sample application to work that required actionscripting. For days I couldn't figure out what was going on until I realized that the examples are simply poorly written.
Some chapters, like Chapter 9 on creating a presentation application are completely wrong. Kevin Towes wasn't able to even spellcheck his code so you find references such as - root.mymovieclip - or rtmp:\\localhost.
The companion website is just as frustrating. It's difficult to figure out how to dowload sample scripts and when you do the folder structure just doesn't make sense. Even after downloading the completely rewritten version on the app in Chapter 9 it wasn't working.
You will also notice that the book references version 1.0 and NOT 1.5 of FlashComm Server. The changes are minimal but some components have changed since then. The only way you find out is by trial and error.
Since it's mostly error I want my money back. Don't waste yours. It's not worth it.
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