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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Solid Flex 3 Training July 19 2009
By Kevin Carlson - Published on
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As usual, Wrox sets the standard among self-study books, this time for Flex 3. A multitude of bite-sized exercises steps the reader through all the fundamentals of this exciting (and complex) RIA development tool.
I personally much prefer this to the "build-one-giant-project" approach used by Adobe's "Training from the Source" book, for example.

The one area I have found lacking so far has been regarding PHP database integration. The authors cover only RESTful web services with the Zend Framework. I would have preferred seeing some examples using the popular AMFPHP and WebORB technologies as well. (Installing the Zend Framework on a Linux server seems quite a bit more involved than these other approaches, perhaps especially so for shared server users, who may rarely if ever deal with Apache configuration issues.)

For more PHP data integration options, and an encyclopedic coverage of Flex, also check out the "Flex 3 Bible", and for some good overall tips and tricks, in addition I recommend "Flex 3 Cookbook".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have July 13 2009
By shawn yale - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are a professional Flex developer or someone just starting out, and you are looking for one book, this is the one. This is one of those books that you can read (and reference) over and over and learn something new each time you pick it up.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Solid - Something for Every Skill Level July 4 2009
By Alan - Published on
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Generally, something that does many things well, doesn't do any one thing great....

This book does many things great.

How did the publisher do this? Well, by making the book 1300 pages and having 8 authors. I think of this book not as 'one big book' but more as a few smaller ones put together.

Even though I am an experienced developer, I enjoyed the 'intro' to AS and Flex bits. This is accomplished by having an easy reading - cut to the chase attitude. There are plenty of 'advanced' topics as well, and those are easy and straightforward as well.

Honestly, I don't know what else to say about this book. It's comprehensive, easy to read and is exploding with insight. Just check out the Table Of Contents and you'll see what I mean - really, check it out. Perhaps you will be surprised as I was at the range of topics it hits: from memory management with Eclipse to integration with REST/Zend, even Blaze/LCDS and FlexUint....sheesh, what doesn't it cover.

Hmm I should probably mention a weakness it has.....ahhhh... the book is heavy...? Seriously tho, I haven't had the time to read the whole thing ( did I mention it's 1300 pages ). I'm sure it has shortcomings, but over the last few weeks nothing has stood out to me as yet.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
almost 1500 pages, but still a very good book ! Aug. 18 2009
By Thomas Schumacher - Published on
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I have a been a software developer for many years and I used many different technologies. At first I was very skeptical about an almost 1500 page computer book (anybody still remember the horrible 1500 page Java books from the late 90s ?)

But this book is written by many different authors, and so far everything I have read is well written and quite dense, sometimes I had to read it twice to get it - I like it !

I think it is a great well rounded book on Flex, and I highly recommend it. But as another reviewer pointed out, the think is heavy ! Both physically as in content.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great detailed Flex book Aug. 12 2009
By Todd Crone - Published on
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I've read several good Flex books (Flex Solutions, Training from the Source) and some not so good ones. This one is probably what I have wanted all along. After using Flex for 2 years I can still get valuable information out of the earlier chapters of the book. It really explains things in depth rather than just showing you how to make it work. If you are a beginner, this might not be your book although it does cover the more basic things. I think this is more for someone with at least a little experience that can appreciate understanding the how and why things work in Flex. It's a huge book with over 1300 pages. Admittedly some pages are filled with screen shots of Flex Builder and code but it doesn't feel like fluff to me.