Macromedia Flash MX 2004 for Rich Internet Applications
||Author: Phillip Kerman|
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Publisher: New Riders (20 October, 2003)
Sales Rank: 6,121
Average Customer Rating: 3.79 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
the death of "static webpages"...
This is the 3rd book by Phillip Kerman to find it's way to my collection. Once again, I found the book profusely informative, but without the normal "dryness" that one finds in computer manuals. Kerman's examples and scenarios are easy to follow and relate to your own coding challenges.
I was just starting development of my first major RIA when I acquired this book, and I'm not sure I would have made out alive without it's help. I found the book extremely helpful in migrating me from my old method of parcing XML and interacting with databases, to the new techniques and methods available in MX2004.
It also gave a nice overview of FlashCom, Components and some other technologies that at the time I had not yet touched, but now find myself using more and more.
For someone's who looking to go from beginner to skilled professional, this book should certainly be by their side (and ear-marked relentlessly)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thumbs and Big Toes Up!
Be certain that if you are going to give this book a bad review that you have read it through completely. There are chapters which very much gloss over important aspects of Flash RIA's. These are dealt with in much greater detail later in the book. If you have given this book thumbs down so to speak, it is not likely you have read the whole book.
Having gotten that out of the way:
Does this book cover absolutely every aspect of Flash MX 2004? No way, not even close! No sinle book could; not even the big fat Flash Bible covers everything. But none of that matters. The title of the bok is not,"Flash MX 2004 A Comprehensive Guide" no, the title is, "Flash MX 2004 FOR RICH INTERENET APPLICATIONS". And not even the Big Fat Flash Bible covers Flash/Data management and RIAs as well Kerman's book does.
If you are somewhat familiar with flash and actionscript and have begun the confusing process of creating RIA's this book will go a long way towards clearing the air. It is written in an easy going conversational style that enables one to read entire chapters without so much as a single yawn.
Chapter 3 lays out the technologies in question. It is an excellent overview. The following chapters describe these technologies in greater detail and how to employ them.
If you are new to flash remoting and flash communicating with the outside world this book is for you. I am not new to this technology but the good habits this book portrays and encourages will go a long way towards improving my scripting, designing and developing skills.
This book is for designers and developers. The codes within are solid. There is nothing worse than trying to understand a new concept only to discover that the code you were trying to learn from suffered from syntax errors. Fortunatley that is not an issue here.
Kudos to the Author!
Rating: 5 out of 5
I left a message on the authors online video/voice/text answering machine and got a response the same day. How many books have you read where the author makes that kind of effort??
Read it. Truth is the book good enough you may not even need to contact the author. He is probably sitting there like the Maytag guy...
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